With a lull in the United States Mint’s numismatic product release schedule, I wanted to take a few posts to share images of some of the design candidates for upcoming coins. The first post will take a look at the leading designs for the 2013 Presidential Dollars, which will feature 29th to 32nd Presidents of the United States.
Within the design selection process, the US Mint provides the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) multiple design candidates for each coin. The two groups review the candidates and provide an official recommendation. Then, it is up to the Secretary of the Treasury to make the final decision after weighing the input provided by the US Mint and the recommendations of the CFA and CCAC.
Design candidates for the 2014 Presidential Dollars were provided to the CFA and CCAC in April of this year. The coins will honor Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. There were five to eight candidates provided for each coin. The recommendations of the two groups were mostly in agreement, with the exception of the final coin honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Both groups recommended candidate WH-07 for the Warren G. Harding Presidential Dollar. The CFA called it “the most compelling portrait” but did request that the curved edge of his should should be adjusted to be concentric with the coin edge. Voting at the CCAC was somewhat close between this candidate and an alternate. During discussion, one member commented that the curved edge of the shoulder was the artist’s intention to pull the image away from the text and should be kept that way.
Both groups were also in agreement for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Dollar, recommending candidate CC-05. The CFA called it the superior design and best likeness of the President. Members of the CCAC provided similar comments although a members showed a preference for an alternate design.
Both the CFA and CCAC recommended design candidate HH-05 for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Dollar. The CFA called it the best portrait the the least unhappy appearance. Voting was somewhat close by the CCAC, with some members preferring an alternate design.
The two groups differed for the Presidential Dollar depicting Franklin D. Roosevelt, who also currently appears on the dime. The CFA made a recommendation for candidate FDR-02 as the most recognizable image. The CFA recommended candidate FDR-01, which depicts the President with glasses and near the end of his Presidency.
The US Mint has typically announced the official design selections for each year’s Presidential Dollars in December of the preceding year.