Anthony Conrad Paquet - German-American Engraver
There were a lot of great engravers from Germany in the 1800s including those that moved to the US and those that made US-related works from Germany.
Anthony Paquet was a German born engraver that moved to the US, set up a private engraving practice and then worked for the US Mint.
The following is his bio from the NNP: https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/PersonDetail/1503
Born in Hamburg, Germany. Came to America in October 1848. He worked in Philadelphia 1850 to 1855 and in New York City 1856 to 1858, then returned to settle in Philadelphia.
He was Assistant Engraver of the Mint starting October 20, 1857. He left his official position in 1864. He died in Philadelphia. Paquet produced dies for a new reverse for the twenty dollar gold pieces beginning in 1861. A few were struck and released before the dies were withdrawn because the rims were too narrow. He engraved dies for the first Congressional Medal of Honor.
In reading about Pacquet, I came across the following which I thought was interesting:
Believed to be the son of bronze-worker Toussaint Francois Paquet, Anthony C. Paquet was born in Hamburg, Germany on December 5, 1814, and arrived in Philadelphia in 1848. In the mid-1850s, Paquet opened an engraving business in New York, during which time he is believed to have struck several medals, apparently all unsigned, except for THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS ECHO BACK FREMONT campaign medal. In early 1857, Paquet took up contract work for the Philadelphia Mint before finally being hired as an assistant engraver. His projects at the Mint were mostly pattern coins, once again unsigned, including a fascinating copper double eagle pattern, Judd-257.
It's interesting that he signed just a single medal which is shown below. This one is from Virgil Brand's collection.
Anyone follow or collect Paquet's work?