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Artist:
Anthony de Francisci, born Palermo, Italy 1887-died New York City 1964  Search this
Medium:
silver
Dimensions:
1 1/2 in. (3.9 cm) diam.
Type:
Sculpture-Medal
Date:
1921
Luce Center Label:
This silver dollar commemorates the end of World War I and the international conference on limitation of armaments. The United States Commission of Fine Arts, established by Congress in 1910, selected Anthony de Francisci’s design for the coin. The original design for the reverse showed the eagle grasping a broken sword, but many Americans saw this as a symbol of defeat and protested the image. With no time to make new models, United States Mint engraver George Morgan, working under de Francisci’s supervision, cut the sword from the steel hub and crafted olive leaves from the remains. The work took a full day to complete and the change went undetected for eighty years.
Topic:
Animal\bird\eagle  Search this
Allegory\place\America  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci
Object number:
1966.51.80
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.51.80