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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 25, June 18, 2006, Article 30

JAMESTOWN COIN DESIGNS UNVEILED

According to a Press Release issued Friday: "The United States
Mint today unveiled the designs that will be featured on two
commemorative coins that will be issued in 2007 to commemorate
the 400th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement
in America, at Jamestown, Virginia.

The unveiling was part of a ceremony, hosted by Jamestown 2007,
which saw the arrival in Philadelphia of a full-sized replica
of the ship, Godspeed, one of the three vessels which carried
the original Jamestown settlers from England to the mouth of the
Chesapeake Bay in 1607.

The obverse of the $5 gold coin, designed by United States Mint
Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti, depicts Captain John Smith conversing
with an American Indian; and the $5 gold reverse, by United States
Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble, pictures
the Jamestown Memorial Church ? the only remaining structure from the
original settlement.

The obverse of the silver dollar, designed by recently retired
United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donna Weaver, depicts ?Three
Faces of Diversity,? representing the three cultures that came
together in Jamestown, and the reverse of the silver dollar, also
by Susan Gamble, depicts the three ships that brought the first
settlers to Jamestown: the Godspeed, the Susan Constant and the
Discovery."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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