The Jean-Antoine Houdon Bust

A design specification for the obverse of the Washington  commemorative required a portrait of Washington which was to be based on a clay bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon. Per The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of the Washington and State Quarters, the design competition guidelines specified that the obverse of…

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Jean-Antoine Houdon

According to the George Washington’s Mount Vernon Facebook page, On August 15, 1774, Colonel Washington purchases a “large Marble Mortar,” which would later be used by artist Jean-Antoine Houdon to prepare plaster for the cast he made of Washington’s head. Click here to read a short article about Jean-Antoine Houdon.

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The Dramatic Beginning of the Washington Quarter

The Washington quarter had its beginnings steeped in drama and debate. Originally requested in a proposal by the Treasury Department as a commemorative half dollar design to celebrate the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth, the decision by then, Secretary of the Treasury, Andrew W. Mellon, to use the Washington quarter…

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