For the past several years, Mint News Blog and Coin Update have taken a look at the initial design candidates for all of the commemorative and rotating design coins issued by the United States Mint. Over the next two posts, we will take a look at some of the more distinctive or interesting unused coin designs.
To start, here is an alternate design for the 2011 U.S. Army $5 Gold Coin, featuring a full length portrayal of three soldiers, with a Revolutionary War era soldier in the center. The actual design for this coin featured a full length portrayal of five soldiers, which was a lot to pack into such a small sized coin.
This is an alternate reverse design for the 2012 Proof Platinum Eagle featuring a portrayal of Liberty which is much different than typical. The design is intended to represent the theme “For the Common Defence.” The actual coin design carried a depiction of a minuteman holding a rifle and a book against the backdrop of an American flag.
Here is an alternate reverse design for the 2012 Native American Dollar, which was to carry the theme of “Trade Routes in the 17th Century” and the historic spread of the horse. The design is based on the ledger style of Native American art with all design elements in a circular arrangement. The actual design carried a profile portrait of a horse and Native American in traditional format.
Here is an alternate design for the 2012 El Yunque National Forest Quarter from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. A waterfall takes central focus within the design. This may have made for an interesting appearance in proof format with the falling water shown mirrored surrounded by the remaining design in frost. The actual design for the coin took focus on a Puerto Rican parrot, which was surrounded by forest foliage.
This design was an alternate for the 2013 Native American Dollar, representing the Treaty with the Delawares of 1778. The image of a turtle dominates the design area, as the symbol of the Delaware Tribes’ oldest clan. The turtle rests upon an encircled design extracted from one of the Delaware Tribes’ wampum belt. The actual coin design depicted a turkey, wolf, and turtle with thirteen stars.
Here is a variation of the selected design for the 2013 Proof Platinum Eagle, which depicted the theme “To Promote the General Welfare” with an elegant portrayal of an allegorical Young America. The actual design for the coin carried the same figure, but against a backdrop of three interconnected gears, which were supposed to represent the federal, local, and state government.
This was one of the reverse design candidates for the 2013 Five Star Generals Silver Dollar. It was based on the World War II Victory Medal and shows the allegorical figure of Nike standing victorious with a broken sword in her hands. The actual design depicted the Leavenworth Lamp to represent the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
This design was one of the candidates for the 2013 Fort McHenry National Monument Quarter of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. For this coin, the Mint actually generated two separate sets of candidates after the first set was criticized by the reviewing committees. This design from the second set features a cannon in the foreground of a view from within Fort McHenry with a flag in the background. The final selected design depicted fireworks and a flag to represent the Defender’s Day celebration.
This potential reverse design for the 2013 White Mountain National Forest Quarter featured the image of a moose dominating the foreground with a lake and mountains in the background. The final selected design featured a view of mountains and a lake with some trees to either side of the foreground.
Part 2 of this article will follow later this week.