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Silver Art Club Chooses Ingot Design
By Numismatic News - July 31, 2007

The International Association of Silver Art Collectors has chosen the design for its 2007 ingot.

Larry Pung, # 528, is the designer. His creation depicts a race car and reads, "IASAC IN INDIANAPOLIS." It also says, "SILVER TOWNE TOUR" and "NOV. 2007." Pung also designed the St. Louis bar in 2005. As reward for this year's winning entry, he will receive the first strike of the bar, numbered 000, at IASAC's meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.

Garrett Burke and Nancy Yee enhanced the original artwork. Club members who also submitted entries are Herb Hulsizer, Cecil Jackson, Tony Irvin and Bill Doty. Indiana sports, the Indianapolis Zoo and state landmarks were among other topics depicted by submitted designs.

IASAC members are guaranteed to receive a number on their bars until Sept. 1, 2007. They are encouraged to send in orders as soon as possible. The enameled, serial-numbered, .999 fine silver bar is $50. The non-enameled version is $25. A bronze bar with no serial number is $6. Postage and insurance is $4 for one or two items, and $6 for three or more items.

Mail orders will be sent at the beginning of November. Orders will also be available for pick-up at the Indianapolis meeting Nov. 2. Orders can be mailed to P.O. Box 28415, Seattle, WA 98118-8415.

Covered Bridge Coin Released

Lane County of Oregon released a medal that features Earnest Bridge July 28 at Mary Cole Days in Marcola, Ore. The medal is fourth in a series commemorating covered bridges. A total of 525 Earnest Bridge commemorative pieces were minted, and the first 25 were numbered.

The numbered pieces were auctioned of at the event. Previous medals in the series, the Lowell Bridge and Office Bridge, were also auctioned. There were 250 unnumbered pieces available for purchase at $30 each. Lane County Public Works sold Earnest Bridge limited-edition prints of the original painting, as well as glass ornaments.

Starting July 30, 250 of the unnumbered medals were put up for sale at Lane County's e-commerce Web site, http://ecomm.lanecounty.org. They are $30 each. The medals can also be obtained in person at the Lane County Public Works office, 3040 N. Delta Highway, Eugene, Ore. Orders that require mailing will be charged $4 per medal.

Lane County was the first county in Oregon to build covered bridges on a large scale. It has more covered bridges than any other county west of the Mississippi River.

The county owns 17 covered bridges, 14 of which are open to traffic. Three covered bridges  Lowell, Currin, and Stewart  are closed to vehicular traffic. Because they are ineligible for funding, they are falling into disrepair.

To celebrate Lane County's covered bridge heritage, and to help maintain out-of-service bridges, the public works department will introduce a total of 17 covered bridge commemoratives.

The Earnest Covered Bridge is located in Marcola at the intersection of Marcola Road and Paschelke Road. It is open to traffic. Constructed in 1938, this bridge utilizes a Howe truss design that spans 75 feet over the Mohawk River. It is the second bridge at this location. It appeared in the 1964 movie Shenandoah, where it was altered to be a Civil War prop. The bridge was then restored to its original condition.

Numismaster - July 31, 2007

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