John Flanagan

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Flanagan was born in Newark, New Jersey back in 1865. He attended Bartlett School in Boston and St-Gaudens in New York. He continued his education at the Falguidre at the Ecold des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After graduation, he returned to the United States.

He was a prolific medallic artist. He designed the official medal of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915. He later deigned and sculpted the Verdun Medal, a gift of the United States to France commemorating the World War I Battle of Verdun. One copy of his works the bust of St. Gaudens is located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 1911, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, becoming a full Academician in 1928. He died in 1952.

What you may not know about John is that he was the designer of the Washington quarter. His design started in 1932 and lasted until 1998 when the new “State Quarter” series started.

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Comments (18)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray well, who knew????

Jan 04, 2020 03:55 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Once again I had no clue. An almost daily thing with your posts. Maybe I should use some of these for trivia and drive people like Barbara Todaro crazy with my posts! Enjoy your day!

Jan 04, 2020 04:17 AM
James Dray

That would be great, at least I would get one right...  

Jan 05, 2020 12:57 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... something I've never given any thought to... but quite interesting now that I've read your post.

Jan 04, 2020 05:14 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Wow this was a departure for him with the coin but very very neat.

Jan 04, 2020 05:23 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

I did not know of his work, but have seen the statue and quarters!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 04, 2020 05:26 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I had no idea who designed the quarter but it sure was a honor to have been the person who designed it.

Jan 04, 2020 05:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi James - a "medallic artist"?  I wasn't previously aware of such a profession/career.  Once I think about it for a bit, it makes sense.  

Jan 04, 2020 06:39 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

As a long time coin and stamp collector I applaud his invention.

Jan 04, 2020 07:31 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - I certainly remember that Washington Quarter and they are still in circulation.

Jan 04, 2020 08:00 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

From 1932 until his death, John Flanagan was reminded of his crowning achievement almost every time that he received change from a cash purchase.

Jan 04, 2020 08:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Interesting stories, and I keep learning every day from your posts.  Happy Saturday.  A

Jan 04, 2020 11:47 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- that's amazing!   I remember when the state quarters came out...I started collecting them for my nieces.

Jan 04, 2020 01:41 PM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

This is the first I am hearing about any of this, but maybe I would have known about him if I paid attention in my art history course, haha.

Jan 04, 2020 02:26 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

I always enjoy these posts and always learn something. He certainly had an interesting career!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Jan 04, 2020 05:08 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Jmes,  As usual, another interesting bit of history.  Thanks for sharing it with us.  I never gave thought to such a career as medallic artist, - though I really appreciate the intricate beauty they create.

Jan 04, 2020 06:46 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

An accomplished artist for sure James Dray 

Jan 04, 2020 07:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James you are absolutely right I had no idea that he designed the Washington Quarter and home many times in the past 50+  years I had it in my hand? Glad you educated me about this great artist, Endre

Jan 04, 2020 08:30 PM
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Artistic creation takes all forms. Very interesting to learn about our quarter.

Jan 06, 2020 05:44 AM

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