Artist Peter Max made a drawing in 1983 based on the obverse of the Peace Dollar. Does anyone know why? Scott Barman asks the question on the March 2, 2013 issue of his Coin Collector's Blog. Here's an excerpt.
Those of us that are a certain age remember growing up to with the artwork of Peter Max. His paintings and neo-expressionism posters are iconic representations of the pop culture of the 1960s. His vibrant colors made complex designs look simple as they some seemed to pop off the page. While times have changed and Max has worked on contemporary scenes, his style remains unique with an appeal that still brings a smile to my face.
Did you know that the American Numismatic Association owns a Peter Max original? While I was in Colorado Springs the week of February 19, I met briefly with Executive Director Jeff Shevlin in his office. Hanging on the wall across from his desk is a drawing of Liberty based on the design from Anthony de Francisci’s Peace dollar.
The picture looks like it was done in charcoal on paper. It is hand signed by Max and dated 1983. The picture is mounted on a fame that would have been contemporary to 1983 and has a plaque under the glass that reads:
American Numismatic Association
VINCENT VAN ROTTKAMP
August 20th, 1983
As a fan of the Peace Dollar and Peter Max, this is a fantastic picture.
Does anyone know why Max did this drawing? Who Vincent Van Rottkamp was and what was his association with this picture?
I have a vague recollection that the drawing was used as cover art for a coin auction catalog, perhaps one of the American Numismatic Association official convention auctions. Or maybe I'm thinking of something else. Can anyone set us straight on this? Thanks.
To read the complete article, see:
Image of Peace at the ANA
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