Frank Gasparro holding the Flowing Hair Liberty Plaster Photograph, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 1977

Description (Brief)
The collection: The Art of Frank Gasparro offers a rare opportunity to follow the process of a twentieth century commercial artist as he developed coin designs from rough sketches to fine plaster models, to the coins that jingle in our pockets daily. Frank Gasparro was the tenth United States Mint Chief Engraver; perhaps most recognized for his design of the Lincoln Memorial on the reverse side of the cent that replaced the previous design, two ears of wheat. Douglas Martin of The New York Times quoted Christina Hansen (Gasparro’s daughter) in Gasparro’s obituary, “Frank Gasparro, 92, of Mint; Art Is on 100 Billion Pennies," October 3, 2001, “…he originally aspired to make sculptures like those of Rodin and Michelangelo, but came to take pride in his billions of lowly pennies. He was known to show cashiers the reverse side of a penny and announce that he had designed it.”
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1977
depicted (sitter)
Gasparro, Frank
original artist
Gasparro, Frank
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 18.2 cm x 12.8 cm; 7 3/16 in x 5 1/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Christina Gasparro Hansen
Art - Currency
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Work and Industry: National Numismatic Collection
Art of Gasparro
Coins, Currency and Medals
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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