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The E-Sylum: Volume 20, Number 9, February 26, 2017, Article 4


A February 23, 2017 Coin Update article announces a prestigious award being given to former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti. -Editor

John-Mercanti The board of directors of Historic Rittenhouse Town, located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, will award the 2017 David Rittenhouse Award to John Mercanti at its annual gala in May. “The David Rittenhouse Award honors those who demonstrate excellence as it represents one of the many contributions that Rittenhouse made to American History,” said Barbara Rittenhouse, board president. “David Rittenhouse was an amazing man. In his lifetime, he was an astronomer, inventor, mathematician, surveyor, and the successor to Benjamin Franklin as president of the American Philosophical Society. We reserve this prestigious award for those who’ve contributed their talents at the highest level to our nation.”

John Mercanti produced more coin and medal designs than any other employee in the history of the U.S. Mint. He designed the American Eagle platinum obverse and silver reverse; the 50 State Quarters reverses for South Dakota (2006), West Virginia (2005), Iowa (2004), Arkansas (2003), Louisiana (2002), North Carolina (2001), and Pennsylvania (1999), and the following commemoratives:

  • John-Mercanti-NC-quarter 1984 Olympics gold $10 obverse and reverse
  • 1986 U.S. Statue of Liberty silver $1 obverse
  • 1989 U.S. Congress Bicentennial gold $5 obverse and reverse
  • 1990 Eisenhower Centennial silver $1 obverse
  • 1991 Mount Rushmore Golden Anniversary gold $5 reverse
  • 1991 Korean War Memorial silver $1 obverse
  • 1991 USO 50th Anniversary silver $1 reverse
  • 1992 Christopher Columbus Quincentenary silver $1 obverse
  • 1994 Vietnam War Memorial silver $1 obverse
  • 1994 Bicentennial of the U.S. Capitol silver $1 reverse
  • 1995 Centennial Olympics silver $1, Cycling obverse, Track & Field obverse
  • 1995 Civil War Battlefield silver $1 reverse
  • 1996 Smithsonian 150th Anniversary silver $1 reverse
  • 1998 Black Revolutionary War Patriots silver $1 obverse
  • 2000 Library of Congress bimetallic $10 obverse and silver $1 reverse
  • 2000 Leif Ericson silver $1 obverse
  • 2001 U.S. Capitol Visitor Center silver $1 reverse
  • 2002 Olympic Winter Games silver $1 obverse
  • 2002 West Point Bicentennial silver $1 obverse
  • 2003 First Flight Centennial 50c obverse
  • 2004 Thomas Alva Edison silver $1 reverse
  • 2005 Chief Justice John Marshall $1 silver obverse
  • 2007 Jamestown 400th anniversary $5 gold obverse

He is also the designer of the Perth Mint’s successful wedge-tailed eagle bullion series (which are sold directly by the Perth Mint as well as by third-party vendors like APMEX).

Born in Philadelphia, Mercanti received his artistic training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia College of Arts, and the Fleisher Art Memorial School.

Previous recipients of the David Rittenhouse Award have included Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer and planetarium director of the Franklin Institute; Keith Thompson, executive officer of the American Philosophical Society; and Owen Gingrich, professor emeritus of astronomy and of the history of science at Harvard University and a senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.

The award will be part of a year-long celebration of the 225th anniversary of David Rittenhouse’s being named the first director of the U.S. Mint. (This anniversary, naturally, parallels the Mint’s own 225th anniversary; Historic RittenhouseTown, however, is a separate entity.) It will be presented to Mr. Mercanti on May 17, 2017, for his decades of service and outstanding work as the 12th chief engraver/sculptor of the United States Mint.

I would encourage E-Sylum readers who are in the area to consider attending the event to meet and honor a great gentleman and leader of the U.S. Mint. -Editor

To read the complete article, see:
2017 David Rittenhouse Award to honor John Mercanti, 12th chief engraver/sculptor of the Mint (

For more information, see the Historic RittenhouseTown web site. -Editor

2017 David Rittenhouse Award Dinner

The 2017 David Rittenhouse Award Dinner honors John Mercanti, former Chief Engraver and Sculptor of The United States Mint.

VIP ticket: $195 Includes VIP cocktail reception, dinner and early access to the silent auction

Regular ticket: $145 Includes dinner and silent auction

To read the complete article, see:

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