An eagle design originally considered for the reverse of the 2015 U.S. Marshals Service gold $5 half eagle is recommended, with modifications, to replace the familiar Heraldic Eagle design of John Mercanti currently on the reverse of all versions of the silver American Eagles.
In a first step toward a possible design change for the reverse of silver American Eagles, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee on April 8 recommended a design the panel previously considered for the 2015-W United States Marshal Service gold $5 half eagle.
The design the CCAC recommended along with modification suggestions is reminiscent of the eagle U.S. Mint Engraver Christian Gobrecht designed for the reverse of 1836 to 1839 Gobrecht dollars.
Meeting by telephone April 8, the CCAC recommended that the U.S. Mint execute several designs based on the selected design but with modifications. The design modifications requested are:
➤ That the eagle be oriented to fly slightly upward.
➤ That the beak be modified so as not to be too close to the edge.
➤ That renditions be produced for consideration both with and without the olive branch, and both with and without arrows.
➤ That appropriate inscriptions, to include the denomination and weight and fineness in silver, replace the inscriptions in the suggested design.
The recommendation is a first step in the design change process. The U.S. Mint was directed to have renditions of the recommended design executed with suggested modifications for the CCAC to review. The designs would also have to be submitted to the Commission of Fine Arts for its consideration. Final approval is at the discretion of the Treasury secretary or his designee.
A proposal by CCAC member Erik Jansen to have more than one design recommended for the silver coin failed to receive the panel’s approval.