The latest Coin World Monthly edition, for August 2017, has
been sent to the presses, and we have a quick preview of some Coin
World exclusives, to be found also in our latest digital edition.
Coins and monuments: the artistic connection
What do the Stone Mountain Memorial, Mount Rushmore, and several
U.S. coins have in common?
Gerald Tebben writes in his cover feature, “Numerous … coin
designers have created massive monuments to American ideals, heroes
and even one demagogue. Their work proclaims the majesty of law
outside the United States Supreme Court, personifies victory in New
York City’s Grand Army Plaza and memorializes Kingfish Huey Long
outside the Louisiana statehouse.”
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The artists behind the most beautiful U.S. paper money
“While unfamiliar to most Americans, to collectors of late 19th and
early 20th century United States paper money the names Charles Burt,
Marcus W. Baldwin, Alfred Jones, Charles M. Chalmers, Walter Shirlaw
and G.F.C. Smillie are synonymous with artistic brilliance,” writes
Paul Gilkes in the feature leading off the Paper Money section of
Coin World Monthly.
He adds, “All were prolific artists who designed and engraved many
of the most well-known vignettes and art elements to appear on paper currency.”
Coins and memory: Collecting coins lets us remember
“Coins represent memories to many collectors, serving as a symbol of
the past and as objects that trigger recollections,” writes Steve
Roach in “The Investment Column.”
“If you’re like me, perhaps you sometimes forget seemingly small
things, like birthdays — even with lots of smart technology created to
prevent this sort of lapse — and yet, you can remember and describe
many of your favorite coins, medals, tokens, or paper money in a
detailed way,” he adds.
In coins, as in life, imitation is considered flattery
“When a world mint launches a coin with a theme that resonates
strongly with collectors, resulting in a quick sellout and secondary
market premiums, other mints typically soon produce similar coins,”
writes Louis Golino in his “Topical Topics” column.
He explains: “Probably no other theme has been the subject of as
many collectible world coins in the past five years as ancient
mythology, a subject that reaches into many corners of the world and
periods of history. The theme provides a rich terrain of ancient
myths, legends and deities that can be depicted on coins.”