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Clubs seek to honor Schlag

A fund has been created to raise money for a granite monument honoring Felix Schlag, the designer of the 1938 Jefferson nickel.

Al Bobrofsky, former Michigan State Numismatic Society president, and Steven Bieda, former MSNS governor and designer of the reverse of the 1992 Olympic half dollar, recently announced plans for the memorial.

The monument is to be set on Schlag?s grave, located at Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso, Mich.

Schlag designed the Jefferson nickel while living and working in Chicago in 1937. He later moved to Michigan. Schlag was an honorary life member of the American Numismatic Association and the MSNS.

The Flying Eagle Coin Club and the MSNS were instrumental in getting Schlag?s initials ?FS? on the reverse of the 2006 nickel.

The memorial will incorporate Schlag?s nickel design as it was issued in 1938.
The stone is being designed by Steven Bieda and is scheduled to be erected by April or May of 2006.

The project is estimated to cost about $1,800.

Any funds remaining after the stone is completed will be used for a maintenance fund and Young Numismatist programs offered by MSNS. A photo of the existing headstone can be found at www.findagrave.com.

To contribute, make checks payable to Al Bobrosky/Schlag Memorial, and sent them to: Michigan State Numismatic Society, P.O. Box 87931, Canton, MI 48187.

Contributions of $25 or more will be recognized with a special certificate featuring the Jefferson five-cent piece of 1938.

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