American Numismatic Society
American Numismatic Society

Weinman's design for the University of Arizona’s Robie Award

Robert A. Weinman papers, 1968-1992
0.3 cubic feet (1 box)

Biographical note
American medallic artist Robert A. Weinman (1915-2003) was born in New York City. He was the youngest son of American sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman (1870-1952), who gained fame in the numismatic field for designs such as the Winged Liberty, or Mercury, dime and Walking Liberty half dollar. Weinman served an apprenticeship with his father for ten years, during which time he also attended the Art Student’s League and the National Academy of Design. He was a member of the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, where he learned the art of photography. In 1948 he opened his own studio in New York City and then moved his business to Bedford, New York, in 1972. He won the National Sculpture Society’s Bennett Prize in 1952 for the sports medals he designed for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In 1964 he received the American Numismatic Society’s J. Sanford Saltus award, a silver medal designed by his father, who was himself a recipient of the award in 1920. He designed the 1974 medal of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration and received the Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture in 1975. He was a past and honorary president of the National Sculpture Society, receiving their Gold Medal in 1997. Throughout his lifetime, he designed more than one hundred medals, including works for New York University, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He retired to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1988.

Contains Weinman's proposal sketches and final drawings for various medals and medallions, as well as some correspondence, invoices, photographs and pamphlets. Drawings include artwork for the American Numismatic Society’s 125th anniversary medal (1983), the U.S. Bicentennial medal (1974), the Olympics Commemorative medal (1992), the Charlotte Cushman medal (1973), and the University of Arizona’s Robie Award medal (1971). In addition, the collection contains sketches of Weinman’s James Madison medal (1980), the William Penn Tricentennial medal (1982), the U.S. Constitution Commemorative medals (1987), a medal for the dedication of the new Medallic Art Company building (1972), and other assorted renderings. The correspondence pertains to the copyright of coin designs submitted for the U.S. Bicentennial Commemorative coin competition (1987). The invoices pertain to coin orders (1981). There are several photographs of some of his sculptural work. The pamphlets are research materials for the creation of the James Madison medal (1980).

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