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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Sculpture: Medals: Alessandro L. Chiostergi
Anthony de Francisci

Anthony de Francisci

(born Palermo, Italy 1887 -- died New York City 1964)

As a child in Palermo, Sicily, Anthony de Francisci assisted his father, Benedetto de Francisci, with marble cutting. After Anthony arrived in the United States in 1903, he studied at the Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design in New York City. De Francisci also worked with well-known sculptors Adolph Weinman and Herman MacNeil. The "peace" silver dollar, minted in 1921, and the "ruptured duck" World War II discharge emblem are among his most famous pieces.

Image Credits: Courtesy Juley Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum.