Coin design and illustration for sculpt, 2009. It was an honor to work on Abraham Lincoln’s portrait for the dollar coin, and it helped that more photographic reference of him was available than for any other 19th century president. Not used.
 Coin design and illustration for sculpt, 2009. Buchanan’s “Liberty” was part of the First Spouse Series, to be released simultaneously with the Buchanan dollar, but Buchanan was one of the presidents who remained unmarried during his presidency. The Mint decided to show the young Buchanan working in his parents’ Maryland store. There were no extant images of Buchanan as a youth, and so I extrapolated what he would have looked like as a preteen, then searched through school yearbooks until I found a child the right age with the right features. I set up a photo shoot in my back yard, constructing a counter with props, and buying a barrel. The design was chosen and minted in both gold and bronze versions.
 Coin design and illustration for sculpt, 2013. The Silver Commemorative for the 3-coin 5-Star Generals Series was to feature Dwight D. Eisenhower and George C. Marshall, and its reverse to represent the European theater of WWII. Eisenhower was a fairly good-looking man, and as such easy to make look good, but Marshall was another matter entirely.
 This, my first reverse design, was considered “too busy,” though this is a large coin, the size of a half-dollar, and I still feel it would have accommodated all the elements included my original design. Included is a P-51 “Mustang” fighter, a B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber, a C-47 transport, an M4 “Sherman” tank, a Jeep, a 105mm Howitzer, and the battleship USS  Nevada . In the background is the “V” for Victory, which was ubiquitous at the time, overlaid by the letter “V” in morse, commonly used in radio broadcasts.
 My contract with the Mint expired at the end of 2009, but early in 2010 I was invited to apply again, and I submitted the design for an imaginary Jamestown coin. This shows the meeting of three cultures — the Native American, European, and African. This drawing was a little more sketchy than I usually submitted for an assignment, because I was tight for time after all the research required, but the looseness of the illustration gave it an interesting energy, and it got me back into the Artistic Infusion Program.
 For 2013, the Sacagawea dollar was to represent the first treaty between a Native Amercan tribe — the Delawares — and the new United States government, at Fort Pitt in 1778. This was a concept not without its critics, and even the Citizens’ Coin Advisory Council were split on whether it should go ahead. But Congress had decided on it and the work continued.  Not used.
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