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    Historic, Large-Size 1907 Victor D. Brenner Lincoln Plaque

    1907 Victor David Brenner's Abraham Lincoln Plaque. 170 mm x 230 mm. This is the portrait of Lincoln that Brenner used as a model for the Lincoln cent in 1909. While the number of existing pieces is not known, it is generally accepted that 25 plaques were issued.
    The consignor of this plaque has included his personal remembrances of various examples of this rare, large-sized item:

    "As a mechanical engineering student at Oregon State University in late 1954, I was selected to present a paper at a conference of ASME in Pittsburgh after winning the regional competition in San Francisco a short time before. My host in Pittsburgh was an avid small cent collector and possessed an example of the 180 mm x 240 mm plaque. It was glued (probably using shellac by the sculptor himself) to a polished green rectangle. In detail, it was precisely the same as the present example, except without the cast-in hanger. My host said that Brenner lived and worked in Pittsburgh at the time the plaque was cast.
    "The next example that I saw was in the summer of 1957 and was on display at the Smithsonian as part of the Mint's regular small cent exhibit. That one was the same as the Pittsburgh specimen.
    "The next example I saw was at the Chicago Art Museum with my family, including three boisterous boys, who were scolded by our tour guide for bouncing on the museum's period bed. We drifted off to see the Renoir exhibit (the reason for our visit). On the way we passed the Audubon bird book and I spied their VDB plaque that had the cast-in hanger the same as the present example.
    "Apparently, Brenner had cast some much smaller examples of this plaque and sold them, exercising his copyright after the Lincoln cent was introduced in 1909. These smaller examples pop up from time to time, but were not the original inspiration for the selection of the obverse of the Lincoln cent."

    The significance of this plaque for Lincoln cent collectors cannot be overemphasized. In excellent condition with light olive-green patina over both sides. (NGC ID# AL86, PCGS# 661000)


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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