Megan Fenselau of the American Numismatic Society forwarded a press release following the recent Coinage of the
Americas Conference dedicated to Saint-Gaudens. Here are some excerpts.
The American Numismatic Society held a Stack Family Coinage of the
Americas Conference dedicated to Saint-Gaudens and his Numismatic Legacy on
Saturday, October 10, 2009, at its headquarters in New York City. Over thirty members
attended the event, at which experts on Saint-Gaudens and interested collectors, scholars
and dealers discussed the master sculptor's medallic productions.
One of the surprises
of the conference was the presentation of a new Saint-Gaudens find in the collections of
the ANS. Robert W. Hoge, the Curator of North American Coins and Currency, gave an
overview of the ANS Saint-Gaudens holdings entitled "Saint-Gaudens at the American
Numismatic Society: A Collection Survey" in which he presented an unusual piece of
fascinating ephemera. During the search of the trays, ANS curatorial assistant Sylvia
Karges had come across a bronze printing block and a leather pouch, which were
apparently specifically made for Saint-Gaudens' 1905 Theodore Roosevelt Special
These had been part of an important purchase made by the ANS in 1961, of items
that had come through the family of Augustus' Saint-Gaudens' brother Louis.
Among the ANS holdings on view to the COAC participants were the original
plaster models, electrotypes and trial strikes made to Saint-Gaudens' order for his
assistant Henry Hering, who coordinated the work with the new coin designs during and
after the master's final days. These had been acquired from Hering's estate and donated to
the ANS in 1949 by Martin Kortjohn.
Michael Moran, the author of the recent book Striking Change, gave a paper
about the relationship between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Charles Barber, entitled
"Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Charles Barber: Unbounded Egos – Unbounded Conflict,"
in which he re-examined their famous feud. In Moran's assessment, Barber's role has
been underappreciated, as Saint-Gaudens' side of the story has been more prominently
featured in later accounts. Roger Burdette gave a short, thought-provoking paper on
Teddy Roosevelt's relationship with Saint-Gaudens, entitled "The Lion's Pride: Collecting America's Best Sculptor."
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