April 27, 2011

The Glory of American Money - Hermon Atkins MacNeil's "Standing Liberty Quarter"

On this Day in the History of Art: John Milton sells publication rights to “Paradise Lost” for £10 (1667), first performance of Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” (1749), Ludwig van Beethoven composed “Für Elise” (1810), Theodor Kittelson born (1857)

"Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value."

- Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Born/Died: 1866-1947
Creation Date: 1916
Media: Silver coin

Among other things I enjoy the unusual composition of this piece. The figure was originally bare-breasted (second image), but the image was later changed (first image) to being armored.

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