On Friday, the United States Mint announced the design selections for the 2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Program, which includes $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and clad composition half dollars. The program will honor the five United States Army Five-Star Generals, George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Henry Arnold, and Omar Bradley, all of whom either attended or taught at the United States Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC).
The US Mint had prepared design candidates which placed the lone portrait of General MacArthur on the $5 gold coin, portraits of Generals Marshall and Eisenhower on the silver dollar, and portraits of Generals Arnold and Bradley on the half dollar.
The reverse design candidates prepared for each coin were generally centered around a specific theme for each denomination. However, when reviewing the provided design candidates, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee highlighted the emphasis that the authorizing legislation placed on the Command and General Staff College, which was only represented on the seven reverse design candidates prepared for the half dollar. Accordingly, the CCAC took the approach of evaluating only these seven designs for all three coins of the program. The CFA, who performed their review earlier, evaluated the designs as the US Mint had identified them. Here you can find articles about the evaluations and recommendations from the CFA and CCAC.
The final design selections made by the Secretary of the Treasury for the reverse of each coin follow the legislative intent identified by the CCAC and each represent the Command and General Staff College. As such, it seems that effectively the ten design candidates originally prepared for the $5 gold coin and the five candidates originally prepared for the silver dollar were not considered.
First, I will show the final design selections just announced by the US Mint. At the end of this post, I will show the original reverse design candidates for the $5 gold coin and silver dollar.
The obverse of the gold coin features a portrait of General Douglas MacArthur. The reverse features the Leavenworth Lamp, which is the symbol of the Command and General Staff College.
The obverse of the silver dollar features portraits of Generals George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower against a striped background. The reverse once again features the Leavenworth Lamp, with the words “U.S. Army Command and General Staff College” below.
The obverse design for the clad half dollar features portraits of Generals Henry Arnold and Omar N. Bradley. The reverse features the heraldic crest of Fort Leavenworth.
As mentioned, here is a look at the original design candidates prepared by the US Mint for the $5 gold coin and silver dollar. Click the image for a larger view.