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Artist:
Anthony de Francisci, born Palermo, Italy 1887-died New York City 1964  Search this
Medium:
struck silver
Dimensions:
1 1/4 in. (3 cm) diam.
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1920
Luce Center Label:
Congress approved this commemorative half-dollar for the centennial of the state of Maine in 1920. Monmouth, Maine, artist Harry Cochrane provided drawings of the proposed coin design, and Anthony de Francisci was then asked by the Commission of Fine Arts to prepare relief models from which the mint could make dies and strike coins. The obverse shows the state's coat of arms depicting a pine tree, "the pride of her forests," and a moose, symbolizing liberty and the spirit of independence. A farmer with a scythe and a sailor holding an anchor represent the land and sea of Maine. The Latin motto Dirigo---"I Direct" or "I Guide"---refers to the North Star and to Maine as a leader in the union of states.
Topic:
Figure group\male  Search this
Occupation\industry\fishing  Search this
Occupation\farm\farmer  Search this
Emblem\seal  Search this
Object\foliage\pine  Search this
Object\other\money  Search this
History\United States\Maine  Search this
Credit Line:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Anthony de Francisci
Object number:
1966.51.82
Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department:
Painting and Sculpture
Data Source:
Smithsonian American Art Museum
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/vk74d0bc8a4-e521-4e53-b74d-2297d061d0a0
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:saam_1966.51.82