publication . Article . 2015

A Master Medalist, a President, Tuberculosis, and a Congress: Contributions More Lasting than Bronze

Terence Chorba;
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  • Published: 18 Feb 2015 Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases, volume 21, issue 3, pages 553-554 (issn: 1080-6040, eissn: 1080-6059, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
he initials VDB are well known to collectors of the Lincoln penny, the obverse (front surface) of which reflects the longest-running design in the history of US coinage. In 1909, in its first coinage, VDB appears in embossed format at the bottom of the coin’s reverse, in honor of its designer, Victor David Brenner. The initial San Francisco Mint coin, the 1909-S VDB, remains a sought-after rarity; most collectors never fill the open-mouthed, empty “1909S VDB” hole in their penny albums. Despite a tradition of artists’ signing their names or initials in coinage, controversy arising from the prominence of the VDB initials resulted in their removal that same year. Tucked into the left lowermost ridge of the bust of Abraham Lincoln, Brenner’s initials were restored to the obverse of Lincoln pennies coined since 1918. Discernable by magnification, the inconspicuous placement of Brenner’s signature imitates that of a Sicilian engraver, Euainetos, whose work Brenner described as having an “extraordinary decorative sense woven into every line, giving to the empty spaces as much charm as to the modeled surfaces.” Brenner, born Viktoras Baranauskas in Lithuania in
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