For this President's Day weekend, Newman Numismatic Portal Project Coordinator Len Augsburger discusses George Washington numismatic literature.
George Washington Tributes
William S. Baker (1825-1897) was a believer in the American hero George Washington and wrote three works that cataloged Washington memorials in the forms of engravings, medallic tributes, and character sketches. In Character Portraits of Washington Baker wrote
The character of Washington is a national possession…All Americans should study and venerate it. Among numismatists, Baker's Medallic Portraits of Washington (1885) is the best known and served as the standard collector's guide for nearly a century. In recent years, the Washington medal series has been thoroughly reworked in Neil Musante's masterpiece
Medallic Washington (Spink, 2016).
Image: c. 1851 Declaration of Independence medal by C. C. Wright, Baker-53, GW-181 (ex. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Stack's Bowers November 2019, lot 20147, realized $45,600).
Link to William S. Baker works on Newman Portal:
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