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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 45, October 29, 2000, Article 4

ANNE BINGHAM CONNECTION SOUGHT 

   Reid Goldsborough writes: "I'm a journalist doing research on 
   Draped Bust coins, specifically on the model that many, though 
   not all, numismatic authors believe was used for Liberty, Anne 
   Willing Bingham. I'm wondering if any of your readers might 
   know the earliest reference to Anne Bingham as being the 
   Draped Bust Liberty. 

   I do know that this is mentioned in Walter Breen's Complete 
   Encyclopedia of  U.S. and Colonial Coins, copyright 1988. 
   In documenting this, Breen in a footnote references page 177 
   of the book Washington and National Medals by former U.S. 
   Mint director James Snowden, copyright 1861. However, 
   Snowden does not make this connection at all. All Snowden 
   does is suggest that Gilbert Stuart created the sketch that was 
   used by Mint engraver Robert Scot in designing the Draped 
   Bust coins. 

   There is a lot of circumstantial evidence that Anne Bingham 
   was the model. But I'm trying to uncover proof in the form of 
   early references to Anne Bingham and Draped Bust coins. I 
   thought one or more of the eminently edified participants 
   NBS's e-mail list might know. 

   P.S. I'll be happy to share with the participants of your list, 
   all the information about this that I turn up." 

   A previous issue of The E-Sylum (Volume 3, Number 6, 
   February 6, 2000) references an article by Red Henry in the 
   January 15, 2000 issue of  "Penny Wise", the journal of 
   the EAC - perhaps that article can shed some light. 
   Mr. Goldsborough can be reached at: reidgold@netaxs.com 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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