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Henry Kreis – Coin and Medal Designer

Sculptor, Coin Designer. Born 1899 in Essen, Germany. Died 1962.

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The German-born American sculptor Henry Kreis is notable in numismatics as being the designer of the 1935 Connecticut Commemorative half dollar, the 1936 Bridgeport Centennial Commemorative half dollar, Joseph Robinson on the Arkansas-Robinson half dollar, and several notable medals – including the Connecticut Tercentenary medal (1935) and the Wise and Foolish Virgins medal (1947).

Kreis also designed the Birth of a Nation monument at Fairmont Park, Philadelphia.

1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Half Dollar by Henry Kreis. This example, graded PCGS MS-65 was sold by Stack's Bowers on December 13, 2022 for $360. Image: Stack's Bowers.
1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Half Dollar by Henry Kreis. This example, graded PCGS MS-65 was sold by Stack’s Bowers on December 13, 2022 for $360. Image: Stack’s Bowers.
1936 Bridgeport, Connecticut Half Dollar by Henry Kreis. Image: Stack's Bowers.
1936 Bridgeport, Connecticut Half Dollar by Henry Kreis. This example, graded PCGS MS-65 was sold by Stack’s Bowers on 10/11/2022 for $216. Image: Stack’s Bowers.
1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Medal. 75.7mm. This example was sold by Stack's Bowers on March 29 2021 for $50. Image: Stack's Bowers.
1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Medal. 75.7mm. This example was sold by Stack’s Bowers on 3/29/2021 for $50. Image: Stack’s Bowers.

Henry Kreis won the Lindsay Morris Sterling Memorial Prize for Medals for his George D. Widener gold medal (Philadelphia, 1942) and the the “Artist for Victory” Exhibition $2,500 prize (1942). He also won the American Numismatic Society’s (ANS) Saltus Medal Award in 1948.

Kreis was a member of the National Sculpture Society, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Architectural League of New York, and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts, and taught at the Hartford Art School.

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