Wayne Pearson submitted these thoughts on new designs for U.S. circulating coinage.
According to PL 116-330 for the year 2027,
‘‘(D) DESIGNS AFTER END OF THE PROGRAM.—Beginning in 2027, any coin redesigned under this subsection shall revert to the immediately previous designs.
That means in 2027, our coin designs revert back to what they were, the same old tired designs we have been using for years.
If we as coin collectors want different designs on our coins in 2027, they first need to exist in 2025.
This idea is time sensitive because the 2025 coins for coin sets will be made in 2024.
I'm offering a nonpartisan idea that seeks to offer better versions, of the same incumbents on our coins.
If you agree with this proposal, I need some help.
I have been trying to get my congressman, and both senators to offer such legislation, but I CAN'T get past their staff.
First for the Lincoln cent is the 1952 James Fraser design.
For a new five cent coin, both designs are based on T. James Ferrell designs.
For the dime, an FDR design based on the Selma Burke plaque.
For the reverse, one of the 2014 unused baseball designs. I don't know the designer.
For the quarter, in addition to the five women's quarters,
I'd like to see a sixth quarter added in 2025, using the Laura Gardin Fraser eagle design. This would allow us to finally have her original 1932 quarter designs married together on a circulating coin.
We have no idea what design of Washington will be used on the quarter in 2032. This may be the only opportunity that we have to see the 1932 designs together.
In 2009 we had SIX quarters, (Territorial and Washington D.C.) so I know we can make six quarters.
For the Kennedy half dollar, which will be used on a series of Paralympic coins, a new Kennedy by Paul Manship, based on an inaugural medal.
For the reverse, a beautiful eagle from a bureau of engraving and printing Souvenir Card.
For the new Sacagawea dollar coin, a beautiful profile version, coincidentally, by Glenna Goodacre-the same designer of the current Sacagawea dollar.
For the reverse, an eagle based on this George T. Morgan design.
If you agree with me, and want NEW designs on your coins in 2027, we need to act, now.
My Congressman, Jim Banks, has a folder with these ideas in his D.C. office. The pictures are much bigger for any member of congress to see.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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