Reader Wayne Pearson thinks a lot about U.S. coin and paper money designs. Here are his latest out-of-the-box ideas for the Presidential dollar series.
When the state quarter program started, most people
deciding to collect them had the reasonable expectation to
live for those ten years.
When the presidential dollar coin program was conceived,
it was obvious that no one would be able to complete the
Here is an idea for everyone to complete the collection and
For all of the living presidents, a dollar coin of them in
profile, with their presidential #number and dates served.
Each coin needs to look like a coin-meaning they need to
be in profile with all of the correct writings in the right
places. LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and the date on the
obverse and E PLURIBUS UNUM on the reverse.
For living presidents, the coin would be
issued at the start of their term with the date the term started and a STAR added to denote the coin was issued
while they were in office.
Design A above; Designs B and C
If we want to add the president's name, we could employ
the edge lettering.
For the reverse, the same Statue of Liberty
design with E PLURIBUS UNUM added.
I realize we do not put living people on coins-this would be
the exception. And once every four to eight years we would
have another new presidential dollar coin. Like them or
hate them, your collection would be complete.
And it could even be exciting to see some history taking
place right before our eyes.
Otherwise, at this point, certain living presidents will outlive
all of us.
Designs D and E
The same approach could be done for the first spouse gold
As long as the money raised goes to the National Debt, we
are not competing with the bullion program.
Dollar coin examples A) and B) based on
Reverse design C) based on
Martha Washington example D) and E) based on
Coincidentally, yesterday I saw this post on Reddit by an architecture student with an idea for a new Dollar coin design. I like it. Check out the full discussion thread - very interesting.
In addition to coin collecting, coin designing has been an interest of mine. I don't think any classical depiction of the Goddess of Liberty will return to our circulating coinage again, but the Mint has already pretty much decided that the contemporary depiction of Liberty is the Statue of Liberty in New York. While I like that idea (a nice change from less than photogenic frontal profiles of old men), the reverse of the Presidential and American Innovators coins leave a lot to be desired. Instead I wanted to create the feel of an older coin using the Statue of Liberty in profile, with her arm aloft rendered in lower relief. The end result looks almost French, which is quite pleasant in my opinion.
The reverse could be some commemorative thing like what we currently do, or the Sacagawea reverse, which I think is one of the most beautiful designs of any American coin, let alone within the past few decades.
To read the complete discussion thread, see:
Had an idea for a new Dollar coin design so I made one
Wayne Homren, Editor
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