Tone Hine forwarded this review of an interesting new book by John C.M. Cresswell and James B Duncan - " Teutenberg: A Master Engraver and His Work". Anton Teutenberg was a German migrant who became a prominent sculptor, engraver and medal-producer in New Zealand during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
This numismatic catalogue was offered as a companion piece to a Teutenberg restrike commissioned by the Numismatic Society of Auckland to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Society on May 2, 2009. -Editor
With some interruptions along the way, the Numismatic Society of Auckland (NSA) has documented the work of Teutenberg, who retired and sold his business during the First World War, and died in 1933, and acted as a guardian of his numismatic legacy, since the mid-1960s.
This 2007 book is a catalogue of known works by Teutenberg and is prefaced by both a biographical sketch of the sculptor and an accounting of the mishaps in the custody of the artefactual legacy of Teutenberg! Both of the former prefaces are entertaining reads.
85 photographic plates document Teutenberg's known works and the soft cover volume is a pleasure to find in hard copy, published by Mintmark, the NSA's periodical arm.
The companion medal restrike takes a Teutenberg die from an 1897 Jubilee medal originally issued to winners of a military athletic tournament. Using the master die held by NSA, the commemorative restrike produced 45 silver, 45 copper and 7 gold medals each bearing the reverse legend: Numismatic Society of Auckland (Inc.) 1959-2009
Although I have never visited the Antipodes, owning this work has charged my enthusiasm for collecting numismatic works from down under. I expect to find more Australian and New Zealand books and coins in my collection as a result of reading this rigourous and entertaining volume.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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