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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 45, October 29, 2000, Article 4


Reid Goldsborough writes: "I'm a journalist doing research on Draped Bust coins, specifically on the model that many, though not all, numismatic authors believe was used for Liberty, Anne Willing Bingham. I'm wondering if any of your readers might know the earliest reference to Anne Bingham as being the Draped Bust Liberty.

I do know that this is mentioned in Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and Colonial Coins, copyright 1988. In documenting this, Breen in a footnote references page 177 of the book Washington and National Medals by former U.S. Mint director James Snowden, copyright 1861. However, Snowden does not make this connection at all. All Snowden does is suggest that Gilbert Stuart created the sketch that was used by Mint engraver Robert Scot in designing the Draped Bust coins.

There is a lot of circumstantial evidence that Anne Bingham was the model. But I'm trying to uncover proof in the form of early references to Anne Bingham and Draped Bust coins. I thought one or more of the eminently edified participants NBS's e-mail list might know.

P.S. I'll be happy to share with the participants of your list, all the information about this that I turn up."

A previous issue of The E-Sylum (Volume 3, Number 6, February 6, 2000) references an article by Red Henry in the January 15, 2000 issue of "Penny Wise", the journal of the EAC - perhaps that article can shed some light. Mr. Goldsborough can be reached at:

Wayne Homren, Editor

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