To call George H. Lovett prolific would be an understatement! Beginning with his 1847 Sons Of Temperance Medal through to his aluminum 1892 American University Medal he engraved and struck medals and tokens for dozens of individuals and organizations as well as producing pieces on his own for sale to the public. Leaf through a copy of the Rulau/Fuld reference on Medallic portraits of Washington and his work shows up on nearly every page. I would venture to say that it is impossible to collect a complete set of his works but anyone attempting it should begin at an early age and hope to win the lottery!
"In his advertisement, in April 1879, in the American Journal of Numismatics, which continued in the Journal, without change, until October, 1890, he referred to but four of his patrons by name, Hamilton College of the City of New York, the American Institute, and the Whiting Manufacturing Company. He announced as on hand, for sale, the issues of Mr. Wood's series and of the New York Medal Club. He advertised to design and execute Medals for Societies, Schools and Colleges, and promised particular attention to Political Tokens and commemorative Historical Medals and Numismatic Series.
"Lovett kept no list of his productions, manv of which he donated to the American Numismatic and Archaeological Society. His medals tell the story of the Centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1876;— the World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, New Orleans, 1885; ■— the North, Central and South American Exposition, New Orleans, 1886; — the Piedmont Exposition, Atlanta, 1887; — the American Exhibition, London. 1887; — and the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893. Numismatic, Historical and Agricultural Societies, Colleges and Schools, and the Social Clubs, American and foreign, the Masons, Odd Fellows, Grand Army, National Guard, firemen and politicians have sought his aid, time and time again.
" His work commemorates the battles and principal events of the Revolution and the Civil War, the erection of statues and monuments, and the dedication of cathedrals, churches and public or historic buildings. Medals were designed by him to celebrate events abroad as well as at home. He cut the dies for the coins of Honduras, and for the plantation or hacienda currency on the Island.
From his obituaty notice in the April 1894 American Journal Of Numismatics.
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