Members of the Commission of Fine Arts believe a more formal portrait of John F. Kennedy, above left, proposed for his 2015 Presidential dollar could be improved. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee previously endorsed a design, above right, capturing the president in a more pensive moment.
The new process was developed with the Mint and CCAC representatives, Luebke said.
The speedier process appeared to work. It took about an hour for the commission to complete reviews of designs that the CCAC had spread over two days.
Presidential dollar review
On the six Presidential dollars planned for release in 2015 and 2016, the three commission members agreed with the CCAC’s recommendations for the 2015 Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower dollar obverses, and 2016 Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford obverses.
In a departure with the CCAC, the CFA backed a Lyndon B. Johnson design for 2015 showing the 36th president looking upward over the CCAC’s preferred design showing Johnson looking straight ahead. The CFA recommended that Johnson’s image be reduced in size to avoid bumping into the type over his head.
The two panels also reached different conclusions on the John F. Kennedy coin.
The CCAC had recommended a somewhat downcast image of Kennedy for his coin. However, the CFA rejected a Mint suggestion that this design was appropriate was patterned after Kennedy’s White House portrait.
Commission member and sculptor Teresita Fernandez of New York argued that the Kennedy pose may be fine for a painting, but on a coin the public wants a straight image of the president.
In considering the Kennedy portraits for the dollar coin, the CFA did not take a formal vote, but selected an image that the CCAC had rejected. However, the CFA indicated Kennedy’s age depiction in that image could be improved.
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