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Robert Scot: Engraving Liberty


Robert Scot

Engraving Liberty

William F. Nyberg

Robert Scot was without doubt the most prolific of colonial American engravers. His patriotic symbols inspired sentiments of rebellion, unity, and liberty throughout the Revolutionary period, and on into the early 19th century. His highly-skilled engravings depicted important historical events, such as a detailed map of the Siege of Yorktown, and included the original design for the Great Seal of the United States, various medals, coins and paper currency. In addition, the first encyclopedia published in America was enhanced by his superb scientific engravings.

Until now, despite his significant achievements, this friend of the Founding Fathers has largely remained unknown to both historians and the general American public. William Nyberg’s extensive research of Scot and his world now allows his story to be told for the first time. This enthralling biography justifiably places Robert Scot among the most important and influential of early American artists.


“A superb work and important contribution to the study of early American numismatics. Nyberg's engaging narrative, built upon hundreds of primary sources, is equally authoritative and readable. A complete examination of Scot's engraving work, including coins, medals, paper money, seals and revenue stamps, is long overdue, and Nyberg is fully up to the task.”

- Leonard Augsburger, co-author of The Secret History of the First U.S. Mint

" In this well-written and carefully researched book, William Nyberg has given life to a shadowy figure from the early years of the Philadelphia Mint. Not only was Chief Engraver Robert Scot a superb line engraver, but his efforts on our coinage have now emerged to give him a long overdue recognition. Those collectors interested in our early coinage will do well to obtain this fine reference for their library."

- Robert Julian, author of Medals of the united States Mint

"The wealth of new information found within this volume sheds new light, greatly enhancing the respect and admiration for the work of Robert Scot."

- Steve Tompkins, author of Early United States Quarters 1796-1838


Format: 6" x 9" paperback on permanent paper, printed in the United States
Pages 252, including Preface and Acknowledgments, text, Chapter Notes, Appendix: Robert Scot Register of Engravings, Bibliography, Index, About the Author
Illustrations: 76, including maps, copper plates, coins, paper currency, period photographs, period engravings, newspaper advertisements and paintings
ISBN 10: 1-939995-09-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-939995-09-4
LCCN: 2015931682
Price: $24.95 (Bulk order rates are available upon request)

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About the Author

William F. Nyberg, author of "Robert Scot - Engraving Liberty"

William F. Nyberg is a member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the American Numismatic Association. He learned the lost art of silversmithing at the Pratt Fine Arts Center. He has an MBA from Seattle University, works in the aerospace industry, and is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He has previously published articles of numismatic research in the John Reich Journal.

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