The designer's initials have appeared on most U.S. coins, although they can sometimes be hard to find. Even if you know where they are, you might need a magnifying glass to read them. On the U.S.
new designers for our coins
The US Mint has selected 24 artists to design our nation's coins. Eighteen of them are established artists, and 6 of them are still in college, but they come from all across the country and from all design backgrounds.
Musings on Mint engraver/ designers, and the impact on the buffalo nickel (part 2 of a series)
by Peter J. Miksich, Jr., a Buffalo Nickel Devotee
When Black Diamond started to show signs of age, his Zoo-keepers decided to make some money off him.
Obverse by Thomas Sully, reverse by Titian Peale, both executed by Christian Gobrecht
designer: the person who creates the design of a coin. He/she may also be the engraver.
device: any of the design elements on a coin.
die: the steel cylinder with a design on it used to strike one side of a coin.
designer The individual responsible for a particular motif used for a numismatic series.
device Any specific design element. Often refers to the principal design element, such as the head of Miss Liberty.
Designer - The artist who creates a coin’s design (but doesn’t necessarily engrave the design into a coinage die).
Device - A symbol or figure on a coin.
Designer - The artist who creates a coin's design.
Device - The major design element, such as the bust of a person.
Artist or creator of a coin's design.
Small features and fine lines in a coin design, such as seen in feathers, hair, leaves, and wreaths.
The artist(s) responsible for a coin's design.
A major design element, e.g. the bust of a person or a ship on the high seas.
Designer - The creator of a coin design.
Device - A major design element, such as the bust of a person.
The designer of the "Indian Chief" note: The much-admired vignette of the Sioux Indian chief displayed on the $5 notes of 1899 is the work of R. Ostrander Smith, an engraver of many talents.
Coin Designers - Tony Dean Part 1
The blog team recently met with designer, engraver and sculptor Tony Dean at his Medal Art Mint facility in the picturesque Bega Valley 400km south of Sydney.
Designer John Reich was a German engraver who, eager to escape the Napoleonic wars, sold himself into indentured service to reach the United States. Although he applied to the Mint in 1801, it was not until 1807 that he was hired.
Designer : Adolph A. Weinman, Liberty Walking - Year 1916.
Designer: John M. Mercanti, Heraldic Eagle with Shield - Year 1986.
Diameter: 40.60 mm.
Composition: Silver 99.9%.
Weight: 31.103 grams.
Thickness: 2.98 mm.
Edge: Reeded. (201 reeds).
Designer: Bela Lyon Pratt
Also refer to General Information on US Gold Coins.
At the turn of the century, President Theodore Roosevelt thought the existing US coins were ugly and wanted American coins to be as beautiful as the coins of ancient Greece.
Designer was Thomas (Hugh) Paget. This obverse was used for Australian halfpennies from 1938 to 1948 and is identical to that used on British halfpennies 1937-1948.
147 rim denticles.
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John Flanagan (1932 version) / William Cousins (modification to Flanagan's design)
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The person credited with creating the design of a coin.
Design Type ...
The individual responsible for creating a particular motif used on a numismatic series.
Any specific design element. Often refers to the principal design element.
Designer - The creator of a coin design.
Die - A metal stamp bearing a design. It is used to strike a coin.
Die Chip - A small fragment of metel broken off from a die, resulting in a small raised lump on the surface of the coin ...
The designer himself best described the obverse design from which the coin gets its name when he was asked about his interpretation of the design.
The designer of this penny was James B. Longacre. The weight is 4.67 grams, with a diameter of nineteen millimeters. This coin has a plain edge, and all were minted at Philadelphia, PA until 1858. Some counterfit coins from 1856 are known to exist.
Mint designer The artist responsible for creating a particular design used on a numismatic item. See also engraver. dessicant A substance used to capture moisture from the air. device The design element of a coin.
appearing on a coin and their arrangement with respect to each other designer The creator of a coin design device A major design element, ...
designer - artist who creates the design. Not the engraver (who actually makes the coin producing dies). Although, in years past some designers were also engravers. die - an engraved metal stamp used for stamping out the design of a coin.
designer A person or firm who designed a numismatic item. device The principal element, such as a portrait, shield or heraldic emblem, of the design on the obverse and reverse of a coin, token or medal.
Diameter: 21.2 millimeters
Weight: 5 grams
Composition: .750 copper, .250 nickel
Designer: Charles E. Barber ...
A particular motif on a coin or other numismatic item such as Seated Liberty, Morgan, or Barber. Design Type
A particular motif used on a coin that may be used for several denominations and subtypes. Designer ...
Error coin Preface: A collector often can not determine what was originally intended by the designer of a collectible or what quality standards were acceptable at the time.
The Eye of Providence with emanating rays, referred to during the period as an Eye of Providence in Glory, was first proposed by the French medal designer Pierre Eugène Du Simitière as an element of the great seal of the new nation.
Instead of covering Liberty's breast with the same flowing material of the rest of her dress, the designer clothed her in a coat of mail! ...
The original designer was James B. Longacre; this TI design ran through 1866 and is known as the "Without Motto" reverse.
The huge split upper serif and strong separation line along the upper half of the length of the J of Joe Fitzgerald's stylized designer initials JF on the Bison variety is absent on the Ocean In View variety.
Coins are usually referred to by their design, not their designer. The Mercury dime, the Franklin half dollar, the Walking Liberty half dollar, the Lincoln cent and almost all other coins give no clues, ...
The designer's monogram, name and year he completed the design, "T.A. ROVELSTAD, 1968," are in small letters just beneath the bust. The reverse features the Winter Hexagon, a constellation of six stars.
The Native American depiction on the coin's obverse is believed to be based on three different Indian chiefs - two of whom were named by the designer as Chief Iron Tail and Chief Two Moons - who modeled for Fraser as he sculpted its design.
Coins are usually referred to by their design, not their designer. Charles Barber was from a long line of engravers. After a disastrous competition to design new coinage that ended in chaos, he was appointed to design a new quarter and dime.
The earliest elongated coin designer on record is Charles Damm, who created the design for the elongated coins available at the 1901 Pan American Exposition The Pan American Exposition was a World's Fair held in Buffalo, ...
The obverse (heads side), designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill, depicts the portraits of Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A.
The book begins with some background on Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the designer of the coin known as the Double Eagle. There is a wealth of information on how Teddy Roosevelt wanted to change American coinage and how many of the changes came about.
Designer Otto Schultz, following a common practice, placed his initials 'OS' at the truncation of Kruger's bust. Unfortunately, os is the Afrikans word for 'ox,' and new dies had to be hastily prepared omitting the initials.
James Barton Longacre, the designer of the "Indian Head" cent, used his daughter Sarah as his model for Liberty wearing an Indian headdress. In 1859, the first year that this cent coin was minted, the reverse had a wreath of laurel.
" They are the designers, Victor D. Brenner initials. Only in 1909 where they placed on the reverse and only on part of the coinage. Find them on the reverse, along the rim, at the base of the wheat stalks.
Obverse designer: Edwin Grienauer
50 JAHRE REPUBLIK
50th Anniversary of the Republic Commemorative, Parliament building in Vienna, date below
Reverse designer: Fritz Tiefenthaler
Incuse Edge Lettering: FUENFZIG SCHILLING ~*~
20.0000g, 0.9000 Silver, .
The coin is named after its designer, Augustus St Gaudens, an Irish artist and sculptor, who also designed the $10 Indian head gold eagle coin.The obverse of the coin features lady Liberty, and the reverse has a bald eagle.
The large space allows the designer to boldly display his skill with intricate detail and realism.
Designer: George T. Morgan
Diameter: 38.1 millimeters
Silver - 90%
Copper - 10%
Weight: 26.73 grams
Mintmark: "S" (for San Francisco) beneath the bow on the reverse
Grading: "PL" in coin grading means "prooflike".
The Barber Dimes is so named for its designer, Charles E. Barber, who was the Chief Engraver at the Mint.
The first Barber dimes were struck on January 2, 1892. Over half a billion pieces were struck during the next twenty-five years.
Two different halfcrowns were struck having as a difference the style of the designers initials ("WW" for William Wyon). On the neck of William IV the more common style is with the letters in script style.
VDB - The Lincoln cent designer Victor David Brenner's initials, visible on the reverse of some 1909 Philadelphia and San Francisco minted pennies. The San Francisco (S-VDB) pennies are worth a substantial sum.
William IV halfcrowns usually have the designers initials (WW) in script on the truncation of the head, but rare varieties of 1831 and 1834 have the initials in block letters.
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Another important feature is to notice that the designer's initials are flattened inside the "B" of LIBERTY. This indicates a normal strike, then tampering thereafter. Impossible with a die clash.
A numismatic item that displays the full detail intended by the designer. Weak striking pressure, worn dies or improper planchets can sometimes prevent all the details from appearing, even on uncirculated specimens.
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The designers and engravers, by now for the first time signing their productions, reveal themselves as artists con- scious of the merits of their works, and perhaps as competitors for public recognition.
The Gold Chinese Panda has long been a favorite of coin collectors and jewelry designers the world over as the symbolic and cutely designed Panda is changed every year, with one exception.
INSCRIPTION Words and numerals on a coin. Inscriptions do not include dates, mintmarks, or designers initials.
JANVIER REDUCING MACHINE A type of lathe used for making reduced-size copies of the galvano in the production of master dies.
999 pure silver--the real American Silver Eagles contain .9993
* The inscription on the reverse reads "One Half Pound Fine Silver .999."
* Look to the right of the eagle's tail--the genuine silver dollar has the designer's initials, "JM".
Public reception of the new coin was very favourable but protests arose over the use of the designer's initials (V.D.B. for Victor D. Brenner) in a prominent position on the back of the coin.
$3 gold piece so-called for designer James Longacre's idealized Indian Princess portrait. (Not to be confused with Little Princess, which see.) Prooflike Also 'PL'.
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