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National Coin Week Webinar Series

Redefining National Identity Medals in the United States, 1876–1932  NCW

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April 17 | 5PM MT

In celebrating the U.S. Centennial, organizations issued medals that helped solidify new concepts of American independence. This trend gained momentum through the turn of the century and into the Colonial Revival period, culminating with the bicentennial of George Washington's birth in 1932. Many ideas Americans now have about national identity were formed in this latter period.

Dr. Jesse Kraft is the Resolute Americana Assistant Curator of American Numismatics at the American Numismatic Society, where his duties include coins, tokens, medals, and paper currencies from all of the Western Hemisphere.

John Lewis_  Commemorating an Icon NCW

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April 18 | 5PM MT

John Lewis (1940-2020) was a Civil Rights icon. Licaretz discusses how he created a series of medals honoring Lewis using a sculpture in the round portrait that he modeled in clay. He modified the sculpture and made a series of reliefs by manipulating the scan data in 3-D modeling programs. The final results were then printed with a liquid resin printer, and molded and cast in bonded bronze.

Jim Licaretz served two stints as Medallic Sculptor at the U.S. Mint, and served as a faculty member at the Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, Otis School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, and the Academy of Art College, San Francisco. His works are in numerous private collections, as well as the British Museum, the Royal Coin Cabinet, the American Numismatic Society, and the Smithsonian Institution. Jim is active in the American Medallic Sculpture Association, the Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art, and is the recipient of the ANA’s 2008 Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture. (NAAEMS).

Histories of America  in Your Pocket

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April 19 | 5PM MT

Touching on recent U.S. Mint programs such as American Innovation dollars, America the Beautiful quarters, Code Talker medals, and American Women quarters, there is a rich history behind each coin and medal. It is important to recognize these histories that often go untaught. Our coinage programs are filling this gap.

Jeanne Stevens-Sollman is a decorated medallist who recently completed two 4-year terms on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. Her accolades include the J. Sanford Saltus Award from the ANS, the Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture from the ANA, and the American Medal of the Year from AMSA. She is the U.S. Delegate to FIDEM (Fédération Internationale de la Médaille d'Art).

Coining America NCW

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April 20 | 5PM MT

A discussion of the history and role played by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) in advising the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs of U.S. coins and medals. Dr. Fuller was appointed to the CCAC in 2021 on the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He will also discuss how he became a numismatist, some of his favorite coins, and how coins and medals play an important role in highlighting the diversity of our rich national history and cultures.

Dr. Fuller is a Professor of African and African Diaspora History at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He held the position of Research Assistant in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum in London. Dr. Fuller holds a Ph.D. in International History and an MSc (with Merit) in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Global Scholar Award, Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship, and an Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Grant.

Venerate the Plough

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April 21 | 5PM MT

A survey of some of the earliest medals struck in or for America and how they reflected our values, customs, traditions, beliefs and institutions. Emphasis is given to those medals actually struck in America although several English and French medals are also considered.

Neil Musante is the editor of The MCA Advisory, the magazine of the Medal Collectors of America. He is the author of The Medallic Work of John Adams Bolen and the two volume Medallic Washington. Musante is currently at work on a book about the life and times of Charles Cushing Wright.