Arts of Money Sponsorship Showcases Series Featuring Augustus St. Gaudens

The series begins with a lecture and exhibition of the work of Augustus St. Gaudens to be held on October 30, 2023 in New York.

by Patrick McBride | Published on August 23, 2023

The Arts of Money, a historic collaboration between the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) and the National Arts Club (NAC) in New York, will showcase the intersection between Numismatics and the Arts. PAN President and President of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), Tom Uram, is spearheading this effort. Uram recognizes that "this program explains how art features in our historical and current coinage and represents an unprecedented opportunity to bridge the arts and numismatic communities."

The series begins with a lecture and exhibition of the work of Augustus St. Gaudens to be held on October 30, 2023 in New York. The inaugural program is a presentation on the life and work of St. Gaudens by nationally ranked author Mike Moran, who is completing his second book on this iconic artist. Longterm member of the National Arts Club, Carlos Kearns, also a member of the PAN and the ANA, is curating this exhibition and lecture. The exhibition will include some of St.Gaudens outstanding medallic art, courtesy of the American Numismatic Society, as well as his $10 and $20 coins.

The US coinage of the early twentieth century has been widely acclaimed as the most beautiful ever produced in the US. These extraordinary sculptors included Augustus St. Gaudens, Victor David Brenner, Adolfe Weinman, James Earle Fraser, Laura Fraser, and Anthony de Francisci. All of them were either members or honorees of the NAC in New York.

2023 marks the 125th anniversary of the NAC receiving their charter from the US Congress, just a few years after the ANA received their charter. "As St. Gaudens was a founding member, the NAC is to honoring him in this anniversary year," shared Uram.

The NAC Program is being launched in New York this year with the intention of touring other cities throughout the US in the future. The series welcomes Heritage Auctions as Founder Sponsor, and invites a limited number of companies and individuals to underwrite the organization and curating of the first of a series honoring these extraordinary artists.

Three levels of sponsorship are available:

  • Gold - $10,000
  • Silver - $5,000
  • Bronze - $500

Incoming PAN Chair, Pat McBride is coordinating sponsorships.

For more information, McBride can be reached at PANCOINS@GMAIL.COM.

Sponsorships are tax-deductible contributions, which should be sent to the PAN Foundation at: 75 East Maiden St., Suite 208 Washington, Pa. 15301. "Thank you for your interest in this historic opportunity," said Uram, "please join us!"

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Author: Patrick McBride

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Chairman of Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists.

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