Teddy Roosevelt didn't like Charles Barber. Teddy thought outside the box. He wanted to hire a famous sculptor to design our penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and half dollar, all in one fell swoop.
But Charles Edward Barber, the Chief Engraver of the United States, had the call, and he designed all of those (except the penny) himself. And a lot of people thought he did a pretty poor job of it.
Barber, and his father before him, together occupied the position of Chief Engraver for 48 straight years, so the Barber influence was felt in this country for a LONG time.
The story is here, In the Treasure Corner.
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