Wayne Pearson submitted these design ideas for dollar coins commemorating the 2026 semiquincentennial of U.S. independence. Thanks - what do people think? What other concepts would you suggest?
DOLLARS.—The Secretary may, in addition to the
coins produced under subsections (r) and (w), mint for
issuance during the one-year period beginning January
1, 2026, $1 dollar coins with designs emblematic of the United States semiquincentennial.
Based on this 1976 Frank Gasparro medal. 13 stars are larger.
Inspired by the 1976 Margaret Grigor quarter. 1904 Louisiana purchase medal by A.A. Weinman. Dolphins = Atlantic & Pacific oceans.
Based on this Delaware state quarter pattern set against England's Union Jack. Liberty writing from 2015 HR-O-19-C pattern
I've always thought this Delaware quarter design was underappreciated. It's a great way to incorporate the state outline that boosters prefer without letting it overwhelm the design. Not sure I care for the Union Jack background - I think the HR-O-19-C design has a lot going for it.
Based on the Presidential medal, and the 1932 Thomas Cremona ‘the Quarter that never was'.
While symbolic images are always much preferable to plain text, the bold "1776" date is far more understandable than "semiquincentennial."
Based on this Michael Lantz design from 1976
Liberty & Flag Joel Iskowitz /Phebe Hemphill
Very clever - although this doesn't quite work for me I do appreciate the symmetry of "Liberty" vs. "Tyranny" and how the ending "y"s make for sword points and the beginning "L" and "T" as sword handles. Might work better if the words were placed on actual swords - the separate letters look odd and nonthreatening. "Taxation without representation" may be a more historically accurate foe than "Tyranny", but it makes a catchier slogan.
Wayne Pearson adds:
"I tried putting the words into the swords, but by the time they get reduced to size there is no way the words would be seen-too small."
Interesting juxtaposition of "Old World" and "New World" Georges.
I like the choice of perspective - looking upward toward the Liberty Bell.
Some of my designs are based on other designer's concepts.
With that in mind, any designer's work I've used to illustrate my ideas, living or dead, should have their initials placed on these 2026 coins.
There are some ideas that are just too good to be delegated to a medal, or a noncirculating coin, that the average person will never see.
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
2026 INDEPENDENCE COMMEMORATIVE IDEAS
MORE 2026 INDEPENDENCE COMMEMORATIVE IDEAS
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