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Charles Cushing Wright vs. Charles Stubenrauch

Between Wright and Steubenrauch there is no contest. Stubenrauch is one of the best engravers of all time. Even rivals Karl Goetz of Germany where he was from and most of the mint engravers. You can always tell a Steubenrauch piece signed or unsigned once you've seen one. The Steubenrauch pieces are hard to find and acquire especially early ones. (only my opinion of course:)). Going to try to put up two of my favorites that I have. Always have trouble getting the quality in the tokens to come out which sometimes does a disservice to the piece. I picked these two high quality pieces because they are both from 1871 and the one I refer to as Germania shows his ties to his German background. Most collectors would not recognize this piece as United States but list as foreign. The one I refer to as Columbia shows his adapting to the United States as his new country. Both are St. Louis Missouri pieces and even Rulau did not pick up on the Annual Fair one but did the other one. Bill ,

Going to give a try to posting a picture. Been awhile and I never have been real good with the sizing ,

"C.C. Wright" is credited with engraving HK-1 and played a role in engraving the 1853 Industry Nations medal related to the 1853 Exposition of the Industry of All Nations (also known as the fair featuring the New York Crystal Palace with related HK-5 to 8). I wondered who Charles Stubenrauch was (HK-5/6) and why C.C. Wright was not involved in Crystal Palace So Called pieces.

Per the book by Kenney on Early American Die Sinkers, Charles Cushing Wright was one of the more important engravers and medalists in early America. He was born in Charleston SC in 1796 and maintained residences in New York City and Savannah GA. He executed fine medals from 1824 until his death in 1857. His medals include three American Art Union Medals, various medals of the Mexican War, HK-1, and personal portrait medals of presidents such as Zachary Taylor, Lafayette, Edwin Forrest, and Herr Alexander. The Industry Nations medal below (too large to qualify as a SCD) was designed by Johannes Adam Oertel, a famous German engraver/painter, whos work includes portions of the US Capitol. A good deal of historical information can be found when "googling" their names.

As for Stubenrauch... All the H+K books tells us is that he was a former mint engraver in Darmstadt Germany, and he is not listed in the Kenney book. I did find him featured on an 1876 St. Louis Token (photo below)... and this link made for interesting reading... http://www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n28a13.html He apparently moved around but worked in St. Louis thru 1875 but eventually retired in San Antonio, TX as the 1902 Numismatist states that he died Dec 8, 1900 in San Antonio. There is apparently a biography written on him in the 1901 Numismatist I believe (volume 14) written by a dealer named Robert Sneider of New York City, who claims to be a successor of the practice of George Lovett. Not sure if anyone has access to that bio, but it would interesting to see.

As I review the SCD engravers and die sinkers, I find researching the "one hit wonder" makers of these gems a very interesting endeavor...

I thought this video lecture by Neil Musante on CC Wright was very interesting....