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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 31, August 5, 2007, Article 23

MINT COIN DESIGNER SUSAN GAMBLE PROFILED

Register & Bee of Danville, VA profiled U.S. Mint artist
Susan Gamble August 4th:

"An artist with Danville ties now proudly works as one of
seven master designers in the Artistic Infusion Program of
the U.S. Mint.

"'When my husband and I were living in Oklahoma City, I saw
a newspaper headline that read ĎU.S. Mint Calls for Artists,í'
Susan Gamble recalled. 'The headline caught my attention, and
I decided to apply, never thinking that I could possibly be
one of the artists that they chose.'

"Gamble, who now lives in Arlington, has been a master designer
since 2004 - one of the first - and, as such, can take the
credit for the design of four coins: the 2007 First Spouse
Martha Washington reverse; the 2007 Washington Quarter reverse;
the 2007 Jamestown Commemorative silver reverse; and the 2007
Jamestown Commemorative gold reverse.

"Five more have been chosen for minting in 2008, including
the Oklahoma and Alaska quarters.

"Her current contract is for five years, assuming her work
continues to please the judging panels.

"'I am basically representing the nation by doing the nationís
coinage,' Gamble said. 'We all see it that way and we are willing
to knock ourselves dead to do it.

"'Itís the only art that lasts 2,000 years. The appeal of the
job is partly the competition because you have to go above and
beyond to do the work, but for all of us, and Iíve talked to
everyone, itís the most important work weíll ever do.'

"Gambleís full-time job is as a graphic designer and production
coordinator for the National League of Cities. For her Mint work,
she works after hours and weekends from home studio only blocks
from the Washington office of the Mint, and delivers her designs
in person."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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