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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 52, December 24, 2006, Article 9

TWO SCULPTORS PHEBE HEMPHILL AND JIM LICARETZ JOIN U.S. MINT STAFF

Numismatic News published a short item recently on two new U.S.
Mint employees, Phebe Hemphill and Jim Licaretz.  Interestingly,
both have extensive experience in the toy industry.

Licaretz, who had a previous stint at the Mint in the 1980s, is
a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  He is
president of the American Medallic Sculpture Association, and a
member of The National Sculpture Society and The Federation
International de le Medaille.

Jim previously headed the Sculpting Department at Artistic Solutions
and Production (ASAP), where he created designs for corporate clients
including toymakers.  The ASAP web site notes: "He has medallic works
in the British Museum; The Royal Coin Cabinet; The National Museum of
Economy, Stockholm, Sweden; The American Numismatic Society; and the
Smithsonian Institute."

Here are some web pages with more background on Jim Licaretz
and his work: asapartists.com
home.earthlink.net/~idolls/medals2.htm
jimlicaretz.com

The Numismatic News item was based on a recent press release from
the Mint, but Phebe Hemphill has actually been on staff of over a
year.  She was mentioned by John Mercanti in Leon Worden's November
2006 COINage Magazine article, "No Small Change at the Mint".
Mercanti said Phebe "came from the toy industry. She is one of the
most amazing sculptors I have ever seen."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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