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Coin Ladies, Part 1

1. This lady, wife of
Anthony de Francisci, the sculptor who created the motif of the Peace silver
dollar, is said to have posed for the image of Miss Liberty on the obverse.

a. Teresa Cafarelli

b. Augusta Saint-Gaudens

c. Flora Temple

d. Chris Karstedt

 

2. This attractive young
lady posed as Miss Liberty for the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter. To this day
it is a matter of numismatic discussion as to whether her exposed upper torso
was naughty or whether it was simply artistic. No matter, in 1917 Miss
Liberty’s chest was fitted with a cloak of armor, thus quite removing a certain
aspect of her anatomy from view. The lady in question was:

a. Nan Britton

b. Alice Roosevelt
Longworth

c. Dora Doscher

d. Mae West

 

3. This American artist
and sculptor created several varieties of commemorative coins for the United
States Mint beginning with the 1982 Washington 250th birth
anniversary half dollar. Her work was highly admired and garnered numerous
awards, including Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year honor.

a. Nancy Wilson

b. Elizabeth Jones

c. Molly Ockett

d. Martha Shoemaker

 

4. We are not sure if
this young lady ever appeared on a coin, specifically on the Indian Head cent.
Long-standing folklore states that she did. On the other hand, some
serious-minded scholars state that the lady on the Indian cent is simply a
variation of a portrait used earlier elsewhere, such as on the 1849 gold $1 and
$20. She is:

a. Betsy Ross

b. Barbara Frietchie

c. Beth Flagg

d. Sarah Longacre

 

5. Said to have
financially aided Christopher Columbus, this foreign monarch appears on a legal
tender U.S. coin, an unprecedented occurrence.

a. Mary, Queen of Scots

b. Queen Isabella

c. Princess Amalie

d. Catherine the Great

 

Answers: 1-a, 2-c (Miss
Doscher may have been one of two models used by the artist, Hermon A. MacNeil),
3-b, 4-d, 5-b.

 

Stay tuned to future Q.
David Bowers blogs for Coin Ladies Part 2.

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