Late last month, the United States Mint released the design candidates for the upcoming Congressional Gold Medal honoring professional golfer and philanthropist Jack Nicklaus. The candidates were reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) who each offered their recommendations.
The Congressional Gold Medal was authorized to be awarded to Jack Nicklaus under Public Law 113-210 in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence, good sportsmanship, and philanthropy.
Jack Nicklaus will be the seventh professional athlete to have received the Congressional Gold Medal. This category has been disproportionately represented by professional golfers. The recipients have included boxer Joe Louis, track and field Olympic champion Jesse Owens, two baseball players Roberto Clemente and Jackie Robinson, and three golfers Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, and now Jack Nicklaus.
The US Mint released the following five obverse design candidates and four reverse design candidates.
The Commission of Fine Arts recommended obverse #4 as the best portrait, which was also the candidate preferred by Mr. Nicklaus. They supported the idea of adding some depiction of a golf course landscape in the background as included in obverse #2. For the reverse, the CFA recommended candidate #2, which was also the candidate preferred by Mr. Nicklaus.
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee also supported obverse #4 and reverse #2.
Other US Mint News
In other news, the United States Mint has released the coin images for the upcoming 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Silver Dollar. The coins are scheduled to be released on March 13, 2015 to mark the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the foundation.
The obverse design features profile portraits of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Jonas Salk, two leaders in the fight against polio. The reverse features a depiction of a baby cuddled in the hand of a parent, representing the foundation’s dedication to the health of babies everywhere.
Separately, the US Mint has finally provided a release date for the 2014 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set. This set will contain the 2014-W Proof Silver Eagle along with the 2014-dated 90% silver proof dime, quarters, and half dollar. Previous Limited Edition Silver Proof Sets have been carried a product limit of 50,000 units.
The sets are scheduled for release on March 17, 2015. Late last year, the US Mint had confirmed that the coins for the set had been produced, but delays in packaging would push the release date into early 2015.