Recently added to my research collection. Struck by the Philadelphia Mint for President Eisenhower's use at the 1960 Paris Summit. Designed by Frank Gasparro. Gifted in France. Circulating population 709. An active presidential award at the time of issue, now a rare presidential numismatic artifact that is tied to failure of the 1960 Paris Summit and part of US history in the escalation of the cold war with the Soviet Union.
I haven't posted here in a while so I thought I would put up one of the four quite recent additions to my Nürnberg-Fürther Strassenbahn 20 pfennig set. I haven't counted, but I think I'm closing in on all of the designs.
Wenzel Jamnitzer (1507-1585) was the best known German goldsmith of his era and served a succession of Holy Roman Emperors as court goldsmith. He was also known as an artist and print maker through the craft of etching.
An example of his work - a silver box for writing utensils:
Jamnitzer performed scientific studies to improve the technical knowledge of his guild. In 1568 he published Perspectiva Corporum Regularium (Perspective of Regular Solids), a book remembered for its engravings of polyhedra. This book was based on Plato's Timaeus and Euclid's Elements, and it contained 120 forms based on the Platonic solids. An example:
The above plate is quite remarkable because the form on the left is almost exactly that of the rhombic triacontahedron, and the core of the shape on the right is almost exactly the great stellated dodecahedron. Both of these were first presented mathematically by Kepler, fifty years later, in 1619. Links concerning this work:
Quote: I haven't posted here in a while so I thought I would put up one of the four quite recent additions to my Nürnberg-Fürther Strassenbahn 20 pfennig set. I haven't counted, but I think I'm closing in on all of the designs.
Recent addition, MIDLAND EMPIRE STATE FAIR & RODEO, Billings Montana, featuring a favorite western Americawriter, Will James. Born in Quebec Canada in 1892, he moved to the Montana area and wrote some classic titles including Sand and Smokey the Cow Horse. Also know for his artwork.
Minted in 1968 in nickel-silver by the Franklin mint, once available in both a red and a blue holder, seen by me only online, don't know the difference. Text on either card states 250 minted.