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The Coin Analyst: Coin Designer Chris Costello Documents History and Culture With Numismatic Art

By Louis Golino, special to CoinWeek ….. Chris Costello is a Boston-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator and typographer, and an award-winning coin designer who is always involved in many projects for different clients. He has been a coin collector since childhood and dreamed for many years of designing his own U.S. coin. Thirty years ago, […]

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Coin Designer Justin Kunz Signs Exclusive Basketball Hall of Fame PCGS Signature Labels

Celebrated United States Mint designer hand-signing PCGS labels paired with Basketball Hall of Fame coins   United States coin designer Justin Kunz is autographing Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) labels being paired with 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative coins. Kunz designed the common obverse of the 2020 commemorative coins honoring the Naismith Memorial Basketball […]

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The Coin Analyst Talks to Chiara Principe, Italian Medallic Artist and Sculptor

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Italian artist Chiara Principe has been designing and sculpting coins and medals for over a decade and has extensive training as an artist and sculptor using traditional and modern methods. Best known for her work on Vatican commemorative coins, she has received international recognition for her many accomplishments. In […]

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Victor David Brenner & His Lincoln Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… Lincoln cent collectors new and seasoned alike know the three ubiquitous letters of their specialty. These are the letters “VDB”, which boldly appear on the reverse of the scarce 1909 VDB and rare 1909-S VDB Lincoln cents and the obverse of all Lincoln cents made since 1918. For many, […]

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United States Mint Announces Design for 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar

On Tuesday, April 21, the United States Mint officially announced the design for the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar, celebrating the milestone 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This distinctive silver dollar coin marks a signature achievement in our nation’s history. “This coin pays homage to the 19th Amendment’s adoption, and […]

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Glenna Goodacre, Designer of Sacagawea Dollar Coin: In Memoriam

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On Monday, April 13, noted American sculptor Glenna Goodacre passed away of natural causes at her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was 80 years old. Goodacre is best known to coin collectors as the designer of the obverse of the Sacagawea/Native American golden dollar coin, which made its […]

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NGC Signs Exclusive Signature Label Deal With Donna Weaver – Mint Coin Designer and Sculptor

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is excited to announce that Donna Weaver, sculptor of the Return to Monticello Nickel obverse (used since 2016 to present) and designer of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin common reverse, is signing certification labels exclusively for NGC. The NGC Donna Weaver Signature Label is the perfect complement to […]

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Coin Designer Jamie Franki Signs Exclusive PCGS Signature Label Deal

Coin designer Jamie Franki has signed an exclusive deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) to hand autograph label inserts for certified coins bearing his designs. PCGS is excited to announce this partnership in time for the first of three 2020-W Jefferson nickels released in this year’s U.S. uncirculated, proof, and silver proof sets, all […]

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NGC Signs Exclusive Signature Label Deal with Award-Winning Coin Designer Chris Costello

Costello’s dignified depictions of the American experience have graced over 20 US coins and medals   Chris Costello, an award-winning US coin designer, has agreed to individually hand-sign certification labels exclusively for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®). Known for his dignified and exacting style, Costello has designed over 20 coins and medals for the United States […]

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Standing Tall Against Controversy and Scandal – The Standing Liberty Quarter

By Mike Garofalo for PCGS …… One of my favorite 20th-century coin designs has always been the Standing Liberty quarter. It replaced the staid and certainly not provocative Barber quarter, which had been struck since 1892. But was the Standing Liberty quarter a controversial coin? Let’s review a quick history of this quarter dollar. In […]

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The Coin Analyst: Chief Engraver Joseph Menna and the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Future

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On February 4, 2019, U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder appointed Joseph Menna – a New Jersey-raised artist and sculptor with almost 35 years’ professional experience — as the 13th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. His appointment filled an important gap at the top of the Mint’s […]

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U.S. Coin Designer Emily Damstra Signs Exclusive PCGS Signature Label Deal

Emily Damstra, natural science illustrator and current U.S. Coin designer has signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Damstra has 11 unique U.S. design credits to her name, including the forthcoming 2019-W Idaho, River of No Return quarter. In addition to designing for coins in the U.S., Emily also […]

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United States Mint Selects 27 Artists for Artistic Infusion Program

On Wednesday, July 17, the United States Mint announced that 27 artists have been selected to participate in its Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) to enrich and enhance designs on U.S. coins. “We’ve selected diverse artists who represent every region of America, from coast to coast,” said Mint Director David J. Ryder. “Sixteen of the artists […]

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The Coin Analyst: Recent Medallic Works by Joel Iskowitz on Apollo 11 and World War I

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. Acclaimed coin and medal designer Joel Iskowitz — one of the most prolific living American medallic artists – has been keeping busy since moving on last year from his position as a member of the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). He recently shared information about some of […]

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End of an Effigy: Final Gold, Silver Coins to Feature Ian Rank Broadley’s Design

The Royal Australian Mint will begin phasing out the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2019. The end of an era for Australian currency, the Ian Rank-Broadley design has been proudly included on the obverse of Australia’s coin currency since 1998, and was the fifth effigy of the Queen to be […]

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Pittsburgh Legacy Series to Welcome Don Everhart

In 2015 the American Numismatic Association (ANA) introduced the ANA Legacy Series to recognize hobby icons and help create a record of their contributions. The series continues today, held in conjunction with ANA conventions. They consist of live interviews with notables in the coin community and honors individuals who have profoundly impacted the hobby, giving […]

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Joseph Menna Named Chief Engraver of United States Mint

United States Mint Director David J. Ryder announced that Sculptor-Engraver Joseph “Joe” Menna has been named Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. Menna joined the Mint in 2005, and he brings 32 years of professional experience and classical training to the position. He was the first full-time digitally skilled artist hired by the United […]

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World’s Fair of Money Commemorative Medal Redesign Represents Brotherly Love

  A revised commemorative medal design for the Philadelphia World’s Fair of Money was unveiled Friday (June 8) by the American Numismatic Association (ANA). Designed by Jamie Franki and sculpted by noted medallic artist Heidi Wastweet, the reverse of the commemorative medal required a redesign after ownership questions surfaced around the famous Philadelphia LOVE graphic, […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for April 6, 2018: Twit on Bitcoin, Fake Banknotes, Gold Caper

Coinweek News Wire for April 6, 2018 …. Current Events 1.) Filipinos Not Happy With New Coin Designs Even with this breakdown, it’s obvious that it’s not going to be easy to distinguish which coin is which. All have similar colors, identical layouts, and some are only a few millimeters bigger than others. For example, the PHP10 […]

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U.S. Mint Announces World War I Centennial Silver Medal Designs

The United States Mint has revealed the obverse and reverse designs for five silver medals that will be issued in conjunction with the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar. Each medal, composed of 90 percent silver, pays homage to branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that were active in World War I. Design descriptions […]

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NGC Signs Cassie McFarland, Artist Famed for Baseball Coins, to Autograph Labels

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has inked a deal for graphic artist Cassie McFarland to individually autograph NGC certification labels. McFarland’s numismatic prestige comes from her winning design for the obverse of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins, the first concave coins produced by the US Mint. McFarland, a California-based graphic artist, came across […]

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NGC Certified Coins – Celebrate Two U.S. Mint Engravers with Signed Two-Coin Sets

John Mercanti has been honored with the David Rittenhouse Award – Celebrate his achievements with signed 2-coin sets! John Mercanti is a legend in the numismatic community. While boasting dozens of coin designs, Mercanti is best-known for his heraldic eagle design on the reverse of the American Silver Eagle. He also holds the title of […]

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Coin Designer Joel Iskowitz Wins Award for Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal

By CoinWeek News Staff …. The prolific Joel Iskowitz, a Master Designer at the United States Mint, is responsible for over 30 coins and over 16 medals since joining as part of the Artistic Infusion Program in 2005. And, as of May 22, his design for the 2016 Borinqueneers 65th Infantry Regiment Congressional Gold Medal […]

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Winning Design Chosen for Baltic State 2 Euro Bimetallic Commemorative Coin

By Bank of Latvia …. The work by Lithuanian designer Justas Petrulis, i.e. a symbolic plait in which the fates of the three Baltic sisters intertwine, will turn into the common Baltic 2 euro commemorative coin dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Baltic States. This design received the most votes in the public survey […]

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At PAN Fall Show, John Mercanti Views His Latest Finished Coin Design for First Time

By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists …. Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) President and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) member Tom Uram received a FedEx package and wanted retired U.S. Mint 12th Chief Engraver John Mercanti to be the one to open it during his visit to the PAN Fall Coin Show on Friday October 28, […]

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In Memoriam: Robert-Ralph Carmichael, 1937-2016

The wildlife and natural beauty of Canada was one of the predominant themes of Robert-Ralph Carmichael’s work By CoinWeek News Staff …. Saturday, July 16, 2016 saw the passing of nationally-known Canadian artist Robert-Ralph Carmichael, aged 78. He produced a large body of work during his life but is perhaps best known for a deceptively […]

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