James Barton Longacre
(1794 - 1869)
James Barton Longacre was active/lived in Pennsylvania, Delaware. James Longacre is known for portrait and coin engraving, medallic art.
Biography James Barton Longacre
James Barton Longacre (1794 - 1869) was the fourth Chief Engraver and Sculptor of the United State Mint, serving from 1844 to his death. During his long tenure at the Mint, Longacre produced some of the most beautiful recognizable coins in the history of American numismatics.
Longacre was born in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Raised in an impoverished household, he left home in search of work at the age of 12. The independent youth ended up in Philadelphia, where he became apprenticed to bookstore owner James F. Watson. Almost immediately, Watson recognized Longacre's skills as a portrait artist and subsequently arranged for him to continue his apprenticeship with George Murray, a local banknote engraver who at one time had also em
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