A collection of early engravings from James Thomas Ferrell (Jim T. Ferrel), designer, artist and engraver for the Franklin Mint. The collection dates to circa 1960 and includes 12 unframed etchings, some showing separate states of the same image, several with depictions of Pennsylvania locations: 3 @ Figurative engravings, two measure: 11" x 15.25" and one 7.875"h x 11"w. Street scape: Two images each 10" x 6.5" and one 13" x 10". Image of boy with knife: 10" x 6.5". Figurative etching: 13" x 10". Signed and numbered etching titled: 'Bar at Manayunk', 1 of 20, 10.125" x 11.125"w, Lobsterman's Cove: 8.25"h x 12.75"w. Also included is his framed Fellow of the Marshall society of Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster College.
Jim (James) Ferrell is a master engraver and is best known for the work he completed as a sculptor and engraver for the US Mint. He was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, studying painting, sculpture and graphics also studying art at the Barnes Foundation and was a recipient of the Cresson European traveling scholarship. He then worked as an artist for six years at the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin and for ten years as a monitor of the Professional Artists' Graphics Workshop at the academy. He has won the Charles Toppan Prize for oil painting, and for four consecutive years won the Lux and the Woodrow prizes in printmaking. Since 1964, many institutions and galleries have exhibited his work. In 1969 Mr. Ferrell joined the staff of medallic artists at the newly founded Franklin Mint, producing coins (of foreign countries) and medals under the supervision of Gilroy Roberts, former Chief Engraver at the United States Mint. While he joined the management team five years later, he continued to work with artistic concepts in the sculpture and design of hundreds of medals. In his twenty years at the Franklin Mint, his creations included: the 1975 100 balboa gold coin of Panama, the 1975 150 balboa platinum coin of Panama, the 1976 100 dollar gold coin and the 25 piso coins of the Philippines, the 1986, 1988, and 1989 $100 gold coins of Egypt (the 1989 coin was selected as Coin of the Year in the annual Krause Publications competition of new designs), and numerous presidential and other portraits on medals. In August 1989, Mr. Ferrell brought his expertise and technical knowledge of coin and medal modeling to the engraving staff of the United States Mint in Philadelphia. In 2002 The American Numismatic Association (ANA) awarded him with the Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture in recognition of his contributions to numismatic art. His recent work on congressional gold medals includes those honoring Ruth and Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and John Paul II. Mr. Ferrell also executed the reverse of the 1999 Georgia, 1999 Connecticut, 2001 Vermont, and 2001 Kentucky commemorative quarters. He is credited with the following coins: 1. 2002-W $1 West Point obverse 2. 2003 $1 First Flight - obverse 3. 1991 Mount Rushmore Commemorative Half Dollar - reverse 4. 1991 Korean War Memorial Commemorative Silver Dollar - reverse 5. 1992 Olympic Commemorative $5 Gold - obverse and reverse 6. 1992 Christopher Columbus Quincentennial Commemorative Half Dollar - obverse and reverse 7. 1992 Christopher Columbus Quincentennial Commemorative $5 Gold - obverse 8. 1993 Bill of Rights Commemorative Silver Half Dollar - obverse 9. 1993 Thomas Jefferson 250th Anniversary Commemorative Silver Dollar - obverse and reverse 10. 1993 World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Half Dollar - obverse and reverse 11. 1993 World War II 50th Anniversary Commemorative Five Dollar Gold - obverse and reverse 12. 1994 Women in Military Service Silver Dollar - obverse 13. 1994 World Cup Soccer Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin - obverse and reverse 14. 1995 Civil War Battlefields Clad Half Dollar - reverse 15. 1995 Special Olympics World Games Silver Dollar - obverse 16. 1995 Centennial Olympic Commemorative. Basketball Clad Half Dollar - reverse 17. 1995 Centennial Olympic Commemorative. Baseball Clad Half Dollar - reverse 18. 1995 Centennial Olympic Commemorative. One Dollar - reverse 19. 1995 Centennial Olympic Commemorative. Rowing Half Dollar - reverse 20. 1995 Centennial Olympic Commemorative. Tennis Half Dollar - reverse 21. 1996 Centennial Olympic Commemorative. Cauldron Commemorative Gold $5 - obverse 22. 1996 Smithsonian Institution 150th Anniversary Gold $5 - reverse 23. 1997 Jackie Robinson 50th Anniversary Silver Dollar - reverse 24. 1997 Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Gold $5 - obverse 25. 1999 Georgia commemorative state quarter - reverse 26. 1999 Connecticut commemorative state quarter - reverse 27. 2001 Vermont commemorative state quarter - reverse 28. 2001 Kentucky commemorative state quarter - reverse 29. 2001 American Buffalo Commemorative Silver Dollar - adaptation from original artwork for the obverse. 2002 U.S. Military Academy Bicentennial Commemorative Coin Silver Dollar - obverse We are thankful to the following references from which were used compiling and paraphrasing the above biography: 1. http://www.coinfactswiki.com/wiki/Sculptors_Engravers_of_the_United_States_Mint#T._James_Ferrell. 2. https://www.money.org/blog/ANA-honors-James-Ferrell-with-Medallic-Sculpture-Award. 3. http://www.newmanportal.org/Library/PersonDetail/708.