Members of the Commission of Fine Arts had little difficulty in
quickly selecting their favored designs for the 2013 Presidential
dollars from 41 images at their Sept. 15 meeting.
With little discussion and no debate, the panel agreed on designs
for William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and
In the process the panel showed a strong preference for profiles,
urging facing-left profiles for three of the four coins. For McKinley,
the 25th president, the panel supported a left profile. For Roosevelt,
it backed another left profile. For Taft, it endorsed a three-quarter
view of the 27th president. And for Wilson, it urged another left profile.
The recommendations now go to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner,
who will have the final say on the designs. The same designs will be
reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee at a Sept. 22 meeting.
Profiles have been the exception for the Presidential dollar
series, which began in 2007. Mint official Kaarina Budow noted that
the Mint was forwarding more designs, including profiles, because some
members of the reviewing panels had requested them.
The Mint offered the panel 10 McKinley images, including two
profiles; 11 Roosevelt images, including four profiles; 11 Taft
images, including one profile; and nine Wilson images, including three profiles.
CFA members have been stronger in their requests for profiles,
saying that they believed the presidents might look better in profile
than in a frontal image. ■