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Q. David Bowers: Coin Ladies Quiz, Part 1

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By Q. David BowersCo-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……

This quiz is excerpted from Rare Coin Review #117, published in 1997.

1. This lady, the wife of Anthony de Francisci, the sculptor who created the motif of the Peace silver dollar, is said to have posed for the image of Miss Liberty on the obverse.

A. Teresa Cafarelli

B. Augusta Saint-Gaudens

C. Flora Temple

D. Chris Karstedt

2. This attractive young woman is one of possibly two coin ladies who posed as Miss Liberty for the 1916 Standing Liberty quarter. To this day it is a matter of numismatic discussion as to whether her exposed upper torso was naughty or whether it was simply artistic. No matter, in 1917 Miss Liberty’s chest was fitted with a cloak of armor, thus quite removing a certain aspect of her anatomy from view. The lady in question was:

A. Nan Britton

B. Alice Roosevelt Longworth

C. Dora Doscher

D. Mae West

3. This American artist and sculptor created several varieties of commemorative coins for the United States Mint beginning with the 1982 Washington 250th Birth Anniversary half dollar. Her work was highly admired and garnered numerous awards, including Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year honor.

A. Nancy Wilson

B. Elizabeth Jones

C. Molly Ockett

D. Martha Shoemaker

4. We’re not sure if this young lady ever appeared on a coin, specifically on the Indian Head cent. Long-standing folklore states that she did. On the other hand, some serious-minded scholars state that the lady on the Indian cent is simply a variation of a portrait used earlier elsewhere, such as on the 1849 gold $1 and $20. She is:

A. Betsy Ross

B. Barbara Frietchie

C. Beth Flagg

D. Sarah Longacre

5. Said to have financially aided Christopher Columbus, this foreign monarch appears on a legal tender U.S. coin, an unprecedented occurrence.

A. Mary, Queen of Scots

B. Queen Isabella

C. Princess Amalie

D. Catherine the Great

So how’d you do? At the very least, I hope you had fun and maybe learned something you didn’t know. Stay tuned for more quizzes!

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The Long Beach Coin Expo

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries team will be headed to the Long Beach Coin Expo June 6-8, 2019. The show opens for set-up Wednesday afternoon and will be open to the public from 10 AM Thursday, June 6 through Saturday, June 8. For specific show details, visit the official show website at LongBeachExpo.com.

Come by Table 502 where we will have auction highlights from our upcoming official auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money, our August Hong Kong Auction, and our June Collectors Choice online auctions (which will feature U.S. coins and Paper Money as well as ancients, and world coins and banknotes). Meet with one of our industry leading experts to discuss consigning your collection. Brian Kendrella, Rick Ponterio, Matt Orsini, Peter Treglia, Ron Gillio, Scott Reiter, and Bobby Avena (to name just a few) will be available to help you with an appraisal or give you information on our competitive auction rates.

This is one of the last big shows at which you can arrange to drop off a consignment for our Official Auction of the ANA’s World’s Fair of Money and our August Hong Kong Auction. Whether you are thinking of selling your entire collection or would like to auction select pieces or duplicates, this is your opportunity to realize top market price as we give your items maximum exposure

We hope to see you in Long Beach!

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