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 CFA also largely followed the CCAC’s recommendations for a series of three commemorative coins honoring the U.S. Marshals Service to be issued in 2015.
The three members endorsed the CCAC’s recommendations for the gold $5 coin and the silver dollar obverse and the half dollar copper-nickel clad obverse.
But the CFA urged tightening the word “Liberty” around the badge on the dollar obverse and shifting the horse’s position on the half dollar obverse.
The CFA urged removing the horizontal post on the reverse of the silver coin and opted for a design showing the same Western marshal as in the CCAC’s pick, but with a different type face than used on the CCAC selection.
On the half dollar reverse, the CFA backed a design showing a blinded Liberty as opposed to the CCAC’s choice. The CCAC had rejected the Liberty figure in favor of a design showing symbols of the work marshals have performed.
In both designs, the two panels recommended removing a pair of handcuffs that were placed over the Constitution.
Native American dollars
For the 2015 Native American dollar, the CFA agreed with the CCAC’s recommended reverse featuring the Mohawk Ironworkers and for 2016 the Code Talkers design showing eagle feathers and Army helmets with the notations for World War I and World War II replacing the dates on the designs.
First Special Service Force medal
For a congressional medal honoring the First Special Service Force in World War II, the CFA endorsed an obverse design favored by the members of that force showing the unit’s mountain climbing skills.