|ESTUARY PRECIOUS METAL ARTS
This coin is ONE TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER
in a NUMBERED, LIMITED EDITION of 100
No more will ever be struck.
On the face, the admonition:
Les Morts Ne Mangent Pas.
On the reverse-side, an image
of the feast which those who
ignore that very good advice
may be missing.
|The ARTIST'S STATEMENT
As an artist, my work is to mark and to fix key aspects of our culture,
so that they might be preserved, if only as artifacts. From our earliest
times, coins and medals have been used for that very purpose. As
currency, the value of coins has always been largely a matter of trust—
as artifacts, their value is to declare the principles of a culture. Typically,
when a culture declines, the precious metal content of its currency
diminishes. Make what you will then of the fact that my work is done in
the purest silver obtainable.
Medals are struck to declare the honor of persons and events which the
culture finds particularly just, noble, righteous. These person, these
events, are honorable because of the principles they represent. My
work captures and fixes some principles that I fear may be soon lost if
not marked and fixed in a lasting form.
My first coin—“Les Morts”—speaks at once about a gourmet delight in
Life’s generosity and the fleeting nature of our existence. I’m basically
saying, let’s face this first, we’ll talk about bigger things later.
Those ‘bigger things’, as they emerge in future coins and medals in this
series, are; points from the Chivalric Code—Protect the Innocent, and
At All Times Speak the Truth—what I feel are genuinely American
cultural claims—Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say—as
well as a little good-natured advice for our somewhat too-forward-
looking emerging generations—Explore the Past.
These are a few of the pieces I am working on for this series.
In my mind, fixing these driving cultural concepts in the respectable form
they deserve is necessary work, if, perhaps, not entirely the noble task I
sometimes imagine it to be. Nonetheless, by doing so, when we are no
longer feasting, others might at least get a tiny glimpse into the way some
of us once saw that feast.
|The Artist in his studio, 1978
|An American mint offers the American Eagle Silver Proof with this statement:
"This is a limited quantity item. There is no assurance that once gone it will be
I can do better than that. I'll give you this GUARANTEE:
'Les Morts' is a Numbered, strictly Limited Edition of 100.
Once it is gone NO MORE WILL EVER BE STRUCK.
|"It' s either immediately understood or can not be explained."
|The ORIGINAL DESIGN
|SOME OF MY WRITING
THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
|Each Includes a signed, NUMBERED Certificate of Authenticity
|This coin is 39 mm approx. 1.54 "
|Punch an' me 1978 Me an' Punch 2008