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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 8, February 24, 2008, Article 7

BOOK REVIEW: STRIKING CHANGE BY MICHAEL MORAN

[John and Nancy Wilson, NLG, submitted the following review
of 'Striking Change: The Great Artistic Collaborations of
Theodore Roosevelt and Augustus Saint-Gaudens by Michael
Moran.   -Editor]

The recently released 480-page hardcover book by Michael
Moran tells about the life of Augustus Saint-Gaudens from
his birth in Ireland through his partnership with President
Theodore Roosevelt to produce some of Americaís most beautiful
coinage to rival ancient Greek coinage.  The author corrects
many errors that have crept into prior books.

The book tells of Saint-Gaudensís early struggles to develop
his artistic genius.  His working with the 1893 Colombian
Exposition, followed by his rise to national prominence as
well as his growing close to the Roosevelts were well documented.

On January 12, 1905, at the Annual Diplomatic Reception, President
Roosevelt asked Saint-Gaudens to help him redesign the nationís
coinage to more reflect the high-relief coins of ancient Greece.
With Saint-Gaudensís 1905 unofficial Roosevelt inaugural medal
the stage was set for him to design the gold-coin series and the
one-cent piece.  The actual designs as well as the events leading
up to the minting of the gold coins and subsequent events are
well documented by the author.

The book has a cover price of $24.95 and was published by
Whitman Publishing.  The book is available bookstores, numismatic
literature dealers and online at www.whitmanbooks.com.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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