American artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens is famous for his coin designs in gold, but now one of those designs is making news in silver.
Modern Coin Mart said July 23 that it will issue a Tuvalu silver dollar showing the designer and his most famous work, at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money Aug. 5 to 9 in Rosemont, Ill.
The Proof 1-ounce, .999 fine silver coin, which has a mintage limit of 1,500 pieces, was struck by the Perth Mint.
According to MCM’s Charles Daughtrey (who designed the reverse of the coin and coordinated the release), though Saint-Gaudens has appeared on stamps and medals, this marks his first appearance on an official coin.
Daughtrey said that the coin results from a desire to have a coin program celebrating the coins that people collect and the artists that designed them.
According to MCM, this is the first issue in the Designers of America’s Coins series, with plans for future issues under way.
Daughtrey said, “We are working in tandem with the ANA to bring this coin to life, and what could be better than commemorating our nation’s coins and their designers on coins and unveiling them at the nation’s premier coin convention.”
The reverse of the coin shows the obverse of Saint-Gaudens’ most famous work, the 1907 High Relief, Roman Numerals gold $20 double eagle, with a profile of the artist himself.
The coin appears behind Saint-Gaudens’ head in a “glass bead” semi-frosted finish to contrast with the heavy frost on the effigy, according to Daughtrey. The ANA’s “Lamp of Knowledge” logo appears on the right shoulder of Saint-Gaudens.
Inscriptions SCULPTOR MENTOR DESIGNER 1848-1907 AUGUSTUS SAINT GAUDENS surround the central design.