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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 47, November 19, 2006, Article 18

REED PROMOTES NEW LINCOLN PORTRAIT FOR U.S. $5 BILL

In his Paper Profiles column in the January 2007 Coins magazine,
Fred Reed offers a suggestion for the U.S. Treasury department
in their coming redesign of the $5 bill.  He writes: "As collectors
we should want the BEST designs for our nation's currency.  So
instead of just recreating the present Lincoln $5 image in a more
animated format (larger, unbounded portrait), let's choose the model
that most viewers, including Lincoln's associates, consider THE
outstanding Lincoln image.

This is the so-called "Gettysburg Lincoln" taken by photographic
artist Alexander Gardner Sunday, Nov. 8, 1863, a few days before
Lincoln's famous speech at the battlefield cemetery dedication.
Many consider Lincoln's brief remarks to be his most famous oration.
And its sober "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created
equal" message is certainly one of the most quoted refrains of all
time."

[Hear, hear!  This is a fine idea, but I wonder how best to communicate
it to the powers that be?  With no Bureau of Engraving and Printing
counterpart of the U.S. Mint's Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee,
how best can this thought be communicated?

The cemetery was dedicated on November 19, 1863. The main speaker
for the event was Edward Everett, one of the nationís foremost orators.
Everett spoke for more than two hours; Lincoln spoke for two minutes.
Although Lincoln initially expressed disappointment in his speech, it
has come to be regarded as one of the most elegant and eloquent
speeches in U.S. history.

Library of Congress Gettysburg Address page:
Library of Congress Gettysburg Address

To read the full text of Lincoln's address, see:
gettysburg-address.txt

To subscribe to Coins, see: coinsmagazine.net

-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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