CFA 15/NOV/07-3

Project name
2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Mint
Designs for a silver one-dollar coin
Review Type


Dear Mr. Moy:

In its meeting of 15 November, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed alternative designs for the 2009 Abraham Lincoln commemorative silver one-dollar coin. For the obverse, the Commission recommended design #LCO-O-08, commenting that the composition allows a larger scale for Lincoln's image than in the other designs and that the configuration of the text with the portrait is superior. The Commission recommended design #LCO-O-07 as the second choice but rejected design #LCO-O-06, commenting that the rendition of the portrait ia inappropriately photographic for a medallic issue.

For the reverse, the Commission recommended design #LCO-R-02, which would pair Lincoln's face on the obverse with his words on the reverse. Of the alternatives emphasizing text, the Commission preferred design #LCO-R-02 because its larger lettering will make it easier for people to read Lincoln's eloquent words from the Gettysburg Address.

The Commission members commented that the varied drawing techniques in the submission materials make it difficult to review the design alternatives. As always, the staff is available to assist you with future submissions.



Thomas E. Luebke, AIA

Edmund C. Moy, Director
United States Mint
801 9th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20220

cc: Kaarina Budow, U.S. Mint