Last week I published an image of Charles Barber's sketch of a coin design for Puerto Rico. David Lange writes:
The designs for the 1903 Philippines coinage have always been credited solely to Melicio Figueroa, but I've long held the belief that he designed the obverses alone. This sketch seems to validate my theory that Barber created the reverse imagery using his own stock elements. His 1899 sketch shows the same eagle and shield seen on the Philippines coins. Four years later, he simply placed the eagle atop the shield for the Philippine pieces.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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