Frank Gasparro with Plaster Models

Description (Brief)
In this photograph Frank Gasparro (in the foreground) holds a plaster model for his proposed dollar coin design of the Flowing Hair Liberty with Phrygian cap (liberty cap.) In the background are two other models of his design. The first illustrates Mary Brooks, 31st director of the United States Mint, 1969—1977 the other is unidentified. The photographer is unknown.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1977
original artist
Gasparro, Frank
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 25.4 cm x 20.3 cm; 10 in x 8 in
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Coins, Currency and Medals
Art - Currency
Art of Gasparro
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Political History: National Numismatic Collection
Art of Gasparro
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Christina Gasparro Hansen

Visitor Comments

1/28/2015 10:59:40 PM
R.H. Maher
Hello. I'm sending a comment to inform you that the unidentified oval design model pictured here (behind Mr. Gasparro) is the 1976 United States Assay Commission medal. The depicted Treasury Secretary William E. Simon. The reverse of the medal (not pictured here) depicted the famous scene of Washington crossing the Delaware. An obverse image can be found here: . Gasparro's name is visible beneath the bust of Simon.
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