E-Sylum Feature Writer and
American Numismatic Biographies author Pete Smith submitted this
article on numismatic artist Robert Julian, Jr. Thanks!
The Numismatic Art of Robert Julian
While attending the recent ANA World's Fair of Money, I noticed a booth in the back corner
with the name banner,
The Numismatic Art of Robert Julian. I returned later to learn this was
not Robert W. Julian, the writer, but rather Robert Julian, Jr., the artist. I was intrigued and sat
down for an interview.
He told me he was born on June 10, 1957, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of Robert Julian and
He was a music major and studied art at the College of DuPage. He spent his time painting and
playing in a local bar band. The promise of future earnings was unfulfilled.
He and Therese Trudeau were married on May 17, 1980. The desire to get out of his parents'
basement forced him to go out and get a real job.
He became a contract draftsman for Salem Engineering. His first assignment was with AFL (a
water treatment company). After that he was sent to Molex (an electrical component
manufacturer) in Lisle. Illinois, and stayed there for five years. 1979 to 1985. He spent his day
creating technical drawings but was also involved in every aspect of product development and
He started a company, Design Concepts as a drafting/design and technical illustration service.
This operated from1983 to 1986.
His next job was with Great Lakes Environment, maker of waste water treatment equipment. He
stayed there in Glen Ellyn, Illinois for five years, 1985 to 1990.
He founded another company, Hydro-Flo Technologies that operated 1990 to 2018. He said that
his interest in numismatics returned after the sale of Hydro-Flo in 2019.
He started Julian's Industrial Design in 2020 doing technical illustrations and design.
It was about eighteen months ago that he saw a drawing of a Seated Liberty Dollar. After a ten-year break from drawing, he returned to try to draw a coin. His first attempt was a 1909 Lincoln
His goal is to create a set of drawings of all 20th Century U.S. coinage. He expects this to take
about three years.
He creates his drawings with the tools he utilized as both a technical illustrator and as an artist.
A light table, a scanner, his camera, several photographs, an archive quality printer and lots of
colored pencils. At a distance, these could be mistaken for high-quality photographs. Examples
may be seen on his website,
Thanks Pete! The work is excellent - great decoration for a coin shop, home office or numismatic library. Visit the website or stop and browse if you see Bob at a coin show.
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