U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz's retirement, scheduled for
the end of calendar year 2016, will leave the bureau's engraving staff
at the Philadelphia Mint short two personnel.
Licaretz announced his plans in a Sept. 12 posting on Facebook.
The U.S. Mint still seeks to fill the vacancy created when Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers retired March 31. With Licaretz's
departure, the number of sculptor-engravers would drop to five
— Donald Everhart II, Michael Gaudioso, Joseph F. Menna, Renata
Gordon, and Phebe Hemphill.
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Licaretz's retirement will be his second departure from the Mint. He
first joined the Mint as a sculptor-engraver on Sept. 15, 1986, but
resigned March 15, 1989, to pursue other artistic interests, which
included toy design for Mattel. Licaretz rejoined the U.S. Mint's
engraving staff in late 2006.
A Philadelphia native, Licaretz has taught art and sculpture for
many years, primarily at the Fleisher Art Memorial. He has also served
as a president of the American Medallic Art Association, and has
worked for the Franklin Mint, both on staff and in freelance projects.
Licaretz's artistic contibutions at the U.S. Mint can be found here.