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Schlag marker nearly done

A special numismatic marker to be set at the foot of the gravesite of Jefferson nickel designer Felix Schlag in Owosso, Mich., is nearing completion, Steven Bieda, designer and co-leader of the Michigan State Numismatic Society effort to provide the special marker, has announced.

Public donations have been collected to pay for the marker. Any funds left over will be used to maintain the marker and to support MSNS Young Numismatists programs.

Schlag, who designed the nickel that was first released in 1938, and his wife Ethel are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The other co-chairman of the project, Al Bobrofsky, recalls meeting Schlag at a coin show in the early 1960s. He was selling autographed commemorative cards. This was before his ?FS? initials were placed on the coin in 1966. Bobrofsky said they became lifelong friends. Schlag died March 9, 1974.

Bieda convinced the MSNS board in 2004 to support the project as a special way of celebrating the organization?s 50th anniversary.

To donate to the project, make checks payable to Al Bobrofsky/Schlag memorial and mailed to MSNS, P.O. Box 87931, Canton, MI 48187. Contributions of $25 or more will be recognized with a special certificate.

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