We received quite a few responses to last week's question about the original purpose of the Peter Max print based on the peace Dollar design.
Bill Hyder writes:
Peter Max poster was commissioned by Kagin's for an ANA auction catalog.
Bill Rosenblum agrees. He writes:
I believe the Peter Max drawing was on the cover of a Kagin's auction in the early to mid-1980's.
Barry Stallard of
Healdsburg, CA was more specific. writes:
I recognized the Peter Max drawing of the Peace dollar.
It was used on the cover of Kagin's August, 1983 ANA auction catalog (Sale 330, August 16-20). I've attached a scan of the cover.
With the definitive word on the topic,
David Alexander writes:
The Peter Max artwork illustrated in last week's E-Sylum was prepared for the cover for Kagin's 1983 San Diego American Numismatic Association catalogue. It attracted much comment at the time and deluxe prints were prepared, including the ANA example cited. Staff was divided in its opinion, one telling me, "You've heard the expression 'grody to the max?' Well, this is the Max!" I thought it was a powerful design, if not specific to the sale or its contents.
David T. Alexander (at that time Director of Cataloguing Services, Kagin's Numismatic Auctions)
Bill Hyder added the following, taken from a 2008 2008 Legendary Auctions catalog description:
This is a gorgeous pastel print of Anthony DeFrancisci's vision of "Lady Liberty", which first appeared on the U.S. Peace silver dollars from 1921 through 1935. This concept was conceived by the coin company of Kagin's in 1983 for the official American Numismatic Association auction. The image was placed on the front cover of the auction catalog. Kagin's commissioned Peter Max, the well known artist from the 1960's and 70's to create his version of DeFrancisci's rendition.
This red, white, and blue "Liberty" is among his most beautiful works of art and is highly sought after by art collectors and coin collectors alike. One would typically find a signed poster of the catalog cover that shows the Kagin's logo and ANA sale date, which sell for hundreds of dollars, however this is the rare limited edition signed print without the added text. It was limited to 300 copies of which this is #31. It is boldly signed by Peter Max across the bottom. This print is framed and ready for hanging. Excellent to Mint condition. Overall size is 33-1/2" x 27".
Fred Lake writes:
I have always loved the Peter Max Peace Dollar drawing that appears on the cover of Kagin's ANA 1983 sale. This was the Raymond S. Toy collection.
Why was Peter Max commissioned to make this drawing? I have no idea !
Pete Smith writes:
It is hard to believe that I have been around such a long time and something from 30 years back may be forgotten to numismatic history.
I am attaching a scan of the cover for the 1983 ANA sale conducted by Kagin's.
I am also sending a smaller image of the explanation inside the front cover.
We already have the catalog cover image, but here's the scan of the inside front cover text.
John Dannreuther, Neil Berman and David Ganz also correctly identified the Kagin's catalog connection. Thanks, everyone. But we still don't know who Vincent Van Rottkamp was and what his association with the print was. Perhaps an ANA member who donated his copy to headquarters?
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
QUERY: PEACE DOLLAR DRAWING BY PETER MAX
Wayne Homren, Editor
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