GILROY ROBERTS GALLERY
Art and history intertwine through a collection of exquisite works by Gilroy Roberts, the Ninth Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint from 1948 to 1964. Mr. Roberts is best known for his design of the obverse (heads) side of the Kennedy half dollar, which was commissioned after the President’s death on November 22, 1963. The Gilroy Roberts: Mastering a Craft exhibit showcases many examples of his artistic talent, exceptional vision and passion for his work.
The exhibit lives in Community College of Philadelphia’s Mint Building, which retained its name from its previous function—the third Philadelphia Mint, in operation from 1901 to 1969. It was in the Mint Building that Gilroy Roberts worked for almost two decades, appointed by the President of the United States, designing and engraving coins, and presidential and congressional medals. The treasures in this 1,000 square foot exhibit span Roberts’ career, walking you through the life of a highly accomplished artist that documented and created history.