overall: 20.5 cm x 39.5 cm; 8 1/16 in x 15 9/16 in
United States: Ohio
Coins, Currency and Medals
Art - Currency
Art of Gasparro
Christina Gasparro Hansen
This front page of Coin Worldstill has the mailing label that addressed the subscription to Frank Gasparro's home. Gasparro preferred his Flowing Hair Liberty design to the Susan B Anthony, but both were Gasparro's designs. When this article asked readers to vote, "Liberty or Susan B. ? Which do you prefer," Coin World readers voted for the beautiful coin with the allegorical imagery of Lady Liberty. Befitting the 1970s focus on women's liberation, congress chose an image of Susan B. Anthony, an actual figure from American history. The Susan B. Anthony coin was the first American woman on an American coin.
United States Mint, Philadelphia. Less than two dozen of these coins were struck. This kind of relief was never intended for a circulating coin, because it took nearly a dozen passes through the press to achieve. We should instead see these marvelous coins as testimony to the human spirit and to human curiosity: just how much relief could you obtain, and how long would it take to create it?
This ultra high relief twenty has pedigree as well as beauty in its favor. Presdient Theodore Roosevelt gave it to his daughter as a Christmas present in 1907. Augustus Saint-Gaudens had presented it to the president, and it may have been the first piece struck. Roosevelt's daughter donated this coin to the Smithsonian in 1961.