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A Pair of Lorillard (Lorrilard) Wise Plaster Models Submitted for the New Rochelle Commemorative Half Dollar

A Pair of Lorillard (Lorrilard) Wise Plaster Models Submitted for the New Rochelle Commemorative Half Dollar

Lorillard (or Lorrilard, as per Don Taxay) Wise was the first artist contacted about producing models for the proposed New Rochelle commemorative half dollar design. Interestingly, the designs and plasters were originally approved only to be highly modified and later rejected entirely with the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) moving to another artist (Gertrude Lathrop; designer of the previously issued Albany commemorative).

A July 20, 1936 letter from Charles Moore to acting Mint Director Mary O’Reilly requested that certain aspects of the submitted design be reworked and, after this was done, a follow up letter of August 17, 1936 to acting Mint Director O’Reilly stated that the models should be approved with some additional modifications. At that time the conditionally approved design featured a Native American crouched along the shore with ship in background on obverse paired with the New Rochelle coat of arms on reverse, which would match the pair of plasters offered presently. Photographs of these plasters are also included in Taxay’s “An Illustrated History of US Commemorative Coinage” on page 197. Instead of smoothly transitioning to coinage production, additional critiques of the designs were ongoing and a complete reworking of the Native American obverse was later submitted as a sketch including merely the shoreline of New Rochelle. At this point the CFA was split as to approving the designs and plans were put into place to remove Lorillard Wise from involvement and to instead go with Gertrude Lathrop for coinage design and production.

The initially approved designs by Wise, included here, offer a very different view of what might have been for the New Rochelle commemorative half dollar. The positioning of the Native American, in an apparent crouch, seems somewhat odd today and this was also the case in the critiques of 1936 as well as in 1967 when Taxay wrote “The obverse featured an Indian who anatomy can only be described as unfortunate.” There are two positions that the word LIBERTY appears on these first-draft models; one obverse has the inscription on the sun and another has it in the vegetation directly behind the Native American. The plaster included here has the inscription on the sun.

The two plasters included are quite clean with a crisp white appearance and essentially smooth, unmarked reverses. They are approximately nine inches across and one inch deep and neither is a perfect circle, but instead each shows irregular borders immediately surrounding the raised borders that encircle the proposed design.

 

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Arkansas 1936-D PCGS MS67 (CAC)

Arkansas 1936-D PCGS MS67 (CAC)

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cac

PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Bay Bridge 1936-S PCGS MS67 (CAC)

Bay Bridge 1936-S PCGS MS67 (CAC)

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cac
PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Cincinnat 1936 P,D,S PCGS MS64 & MS65 Three-Piece Set with Cincinnati Musical Center Commemorative Coin Association Letter

Cincinnat 1936 P,D,S PCGS MS64 & MS65 Three-Piece Set with Cincinnati Musical Center Commemorative Coin Association Letter

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PCGS Cert #28338735; 28338734; 28338736

PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Columbian 1892 & 1893 ex: President John F. Kennedy PCGS Genuine (Two Coins)

Columbian 1892 & 1893 ex: President John F. Kennedy PCGS Genuine (Two Coins)

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PCGS Cert #25159480 & 25159481

PCGS Population: - Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Maine 1920 PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

Maine 1920 PCGS MS66+ (CAC)

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PCGS Cert #25319361cac

PCGS Population: 18 Higher: 33
CAC Population/Higher: 106/16

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New Rochelle 1938 NGC MS65PL (CAC)

New Rochelle 1938 NGC MS65PL (CAC)

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cac

PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS65 (CAC)

New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS65 (CAC)

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cac

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New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS65+ (CAC)

New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS65+ (CAC)

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cac

PCGS Population: – Higher: -
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New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS66 (CAC)

New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS66 (CAC)

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cac

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New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS66 (CAC)

New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS66 (CAC)

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cac

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New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS66 (CAC)

New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS66 (CAC)

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cac

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New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS67 (CAC)

New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS67 (CAC)

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cac

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New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS67 Guttag Family

New Rochelle 1938 PCGS MS67 Guttag Family

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PCGS Population: – Higher: -
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Oregon 1926-S PCGS MS64 (CAC) Three-Piece Set with Oregon Trail Memorial Association Holder and Letters

Oregon 1926-S PCGS MS64 (CAC) Three-Piece Set with Oregon Trail Memorial Association Holder and Letters

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PCGS Cert #28925036 (CAC); 28925037; 28925038 (CAC)cac

PCGS Population: 1,410 Higher: 1,518
CAC Population/Higher: 21/283

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Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp ALA 132 PCGS Genuine AU Details

Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp ALA 132 PCGS Genuine AU Details

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PCGS Cert #28801793

PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 4
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp ALA 219 PCGS AU50

Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp ALA 219 PCGS AU50

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PCGS Cert #28801795

PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 3
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp ARK 143 PCGS MS63

Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp ARK 143 PCGS MS63

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PCGS Cert #28801797

PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 1
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp FLA 26 GL PCGS Genuine EF Details

Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp FLA 26 GL PCGS Genuine EF Details

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PCGS Cert #28840052

PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 0
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp GA 139 PCGS EF40

Stone Mountain 1925 Counterstamp GA 139 PCGS EF40

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PCGS Cert #29103645

PCGS Population: 1 Higher: 2
CAC Population/Higher: -/-

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Contact Information

Numismatic Americana Incorporated
P.O. Box 608
Chester, NJ 07930

William Shamhart, Jr.
Phone: 1-908-962-1500
email: Bill@numismaticamericana.com

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January 8-11, 2015
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March 5-7, 2015
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