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 Moritz Furst  (1782 - 1841)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania/New York / Austria/Italy/Hungary      Known for: medalist, engraver, and die-sinker

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A Hungarian born medalist*, engraver* and die-sinker*, Morris Furst emigrated to America and settled in Philadelphia where he worked for the United States Mint.  He had training in Vienna, Austria including studies in die-sinking.  For the Mint, he completed three engraved medals in 1817:  James Monroe Indian Peace Medal, Stephen Decatur Medal, and Lieutenant Stephen Cassin Medal.

"In 1807 he was asked by American consul at Leghorn, Italy, to come to America and work as an engraver for the U.S. Mint.  When he arrived the following Spring, he found there was no position for him at the Mint.

He set up a business on his own as a seal engraver, die-sinker, and steel engraver and remained in Philadelphia until after 1830.  During these years he executed numerous medals for the U.S. Government, including medals honoring heroes of the War of 1812 and the Indian Peace Medals from Monroe to Van Buren.

In 1833, the historian William Dunlap stated that Furst had been living in New York City for the past four years; in 1834 Furst visited Charleston, South Carolina.

It is believed that by November 1841 he had returned to Europe."

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Peter Hastings Falk, Editor, Who Was Who in American Art (Quote)
Susan Luftschein, One Hundred Years of American Medallic Art

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