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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 30, July 23, 2006, Article 26

GREEK VS ROMAN FOOT STYLE: WHICH FOOT IS FORWARD ON THE LINCOLN STATUE?

Dick Johnson writes: "You won’t be able to see it on the reverse
of the Lincoln cent – or the five-dollar bill – but there is symbolism
in which foot is forward on the seated Lincoln statue in the Lincoln
Memorial. It seems if the left foot is forward it is Greek symbolism,
if right foot it is Roman symbolism.

Now I wouldn’t have known this until I read an article forwarded by
my son to carefully study. He knows how interested I am in numismatic
symbolism. I learned something from this article.

It seems an Ohio dealer in art and manuscripts, Bruce Ferrini, has
fallen on hard times and his estate is being sold to satisfy his
creditors. One of his assets is the Daniel Chester French statue of
"The Minute Man." The "which foot forward" was mentioned in this article.
In fact, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter, Karen Farkas, made this
the lead item.

Apparently she thought it would be a so-so story just to relate the
bank is foreclosing on the poor guy’s home. But bringing Lincoln into
the story adds interest. She was right.

For booklovers, the guy’s library of 600 boxes of reference books
must be sold as well. "They will be sold on eBay by the auction houses
Sotheby's or Christie's or to museums or libraries," a spokesman said.
That doesn’t sound like very firm plans yet.

If you are interested here’s the path to the article: Full Story "

[QUIZ QUIZ:  Abe Lincoln does the hokey-pokey!  So, all you
smartypants numismatists out there - which foot is forward?
(no fair peeking at the article)!  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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