Scott Barman's February 28th Coin Collector's Blog picked up on a welcome piece of information I'd missed among the U.S. Mint's recent announcements. -Editor Buried within the hype of the Ultra High Relief Saint Gaudens Double Eagle and all of the other news of the day was that during the ceremony for the opening of the UHR exhibit at the Philadelphia Mint was the announcement that John Mercanti would be the 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint.
Mercanti, who was previously the “Supervisory Design and Master Tooling Development Specialist,” has been working for the US Mint since 1974 and has been responsible for the design of some of the Mint’s most spectacular coins of the last 35 years. Mercanti worked under Chief Engravers Frank Gasparro and Elizabeth Jones.
After Jones retired in 1990, the US Mint abolished the position of Chief Engraver. After 19 years, Director Edmund C. Moy has decided to bring back the position and offer the job to the Mint’s most experienced and accomplished engraver. Mercanti deserves the honor to join this elite group:
- Robert Scot 1793-1823
- William Kneass 1824-1840
- Christian Gobrecht 1835-1844
- James Barton Longacre 1844-1869
- William Barber 1869-1879
- Charles Edward Barber 1879-1917
- George T. Morgan 1917-1925
- John R. (Ray) Sinnock 1925-1947
- Gilroy Roberts 1948-1964
- Frank Gasparro 1965-1981
- Elizabeth Jones 1981-1990
- John M. Mercanti 2009-present
Congratulations to John Mercanti on a well-deserved (if long overdue) honor, and thanks to Scott for passing the news along.
I later learned from someone in the audience at the event that the news came as a surprise to Mercanti; Moy stated that the approval came from The White House to remedy this longstanding slight. -Editor
To read the original blog post, see: Mercanti Named 12th Chief Engraver (coinsblog.blogspot.com/2009/02/mercanti-named-12th-chief-engraver.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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