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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 14, April 6, 2008, Article 15

QUERY: JOHN FREDERICK LEWIS DESIGN FOR 1926 SESQUICENTENNIAL HALF DOLLAR

Roger Burdette writes: "If I may, I’d like to tap into the
knowledge base of E-Sylum readers.  Nearly all articles and
books about Franklin half dollars state that mint engraver
John Sinnock “borrowed” the Liberty Bell design from “…artist
John Frederick Lewis…” for the 1926 sesquicentennial half
dollar. Sinnock later was said to have used the same design
on the half dollar.

"Has anyone actually seen this design or drawing by Lewis?
(Lewis was a lawyer, served on many Philadelphia civic
commissions and collected oriental manuscripts. His personal
papers are at the University of Delaware.)  Thank you.  My
email address is accurateye@aol.com."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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