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REF: D0075

A Rare Bronze Portrait Plaque Made by Victor Brenner for The US Copper Cent

  • A Rare Bronze Portrait Plaque Made by Victor Brenner for The US Copper Cent, Dated 1907

    A rare copper-patinated bronze bas-relief portrait plaque of Abraham Lincoln by Lithuanian / American sculptor Victor David Brenner.

    Titled bottom centre 'ABRAHAM LINCOLN 1809-1865’ and bearing impressed artist marks for Victor David Brenner as shown along the far-right outer edge, together with copyright marks & date marks for 1907. The outside left edge bears impressed foundry marks for S. Klaber & Co. New York City. Dimensions, 9.5” high x 7.25” wide.

    Victor David Brenner (1871-1924), studied with noted French medalist Oscar Roty at the Julien Academy in Paris, and is regarded as one of the most celebrated medallists of his time, and is represented in the permanent collection of the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum, New York City.

    This portrait was chosen by Theodore Roosevelt to be used for the face of the US copper cent coin, sculpted by Victor D. Brenner, and based on a photograph of Abraham Lincoln taken by noted Civil War photographer Mathew Brady, and minted in 1907.

    The United States copper cent coin still bears Brenner's initials beneath the truncation of Lincoln's profile. 

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