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William H. Key


Born in Brooklyn, New York. Employed as assistant engraver for the U. S. Mint 1864 to 1892. Engraved dies for Kane expedition medal and a medal for Archbishop Wood.

Identified by Arturo Castillo Flores in his 1974 book, Historia de la Moneda en Honduras, Central Bank, Tegucigalpa, as the designer and engraver of Honduras' 1871 coin series consisting of five, 10, 25, and 50 centavos, plus a five and ten peso gold coin, a pair of dies for each. He was paid $1,800 for the series according to an English language contract found in Honduran archives. The dies were not used until about 1879 and 1880 because they had been sequestered by hostile forces in one of Central Americas 's many regional conflicts. 

Engraved dies for several U.S. mint medals: 

Fulton Institute (Julian AM-23) 

Lancaster County Agricultural and Mechanical Society (Julian AM-27) 

New Hampshire Agricultural Society obverse (Julian AM-57) 

City College of New York (Julian CM-14) 

City College of New York (Julian SC-17) 

Pittsburgh Female College (Julian SC-42) 

bio: Fielding; P-F; Stauffer; email communication from Brian R. Stickney 6/21/2018.

Photo courtesy of Jane Certo.

Source credit: Pete Smith, American Numismatic Biographies


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