One of the biggest stories of last week was the release of the
Commission of Fine Arts obverse and reverse recommendations for the
U.S. Mint's 2015 High Relief $75 gold coin.
If this is the first you're reading about this topic, let Coin World update you.
Coin World correspondent Bill McAllister spoke with several
members of the CFA for their opinions of the proposed designs and the
CFA's aims in its recommendations.
In short, they wanted more diversity and less sexuality in their Liberty.
Before and after McAllister's story was posted, Coin
World heard a wide range of opinions about the CFA
recommendations—the opinions of our readers via Facebook.
Here is a look at the response we've seen:
Bob Journell: "Boy America just keeps getting worse and
worse when it comes to coin designs! Just terrible!! And I'm a
collector and have been collecting for years"
Don McTaggart: "Cartoonish to say the least, better go
back and study coinage from 1794-1945"
Thomas DeLorey: "One would think that if the Mint is
going to make a totally unnecessary, phony denomination High Relief
coin just to relieve collectors of more money, they would at least
buy us dinner first and get the designs right!"
Stephen D. Sutherland: "If you like it buy it! I will
stick with Buffalo's ! after the Kennedy we are sticking with the
tried and proven purchases, nothing fancy!"
Mark Boyle: "Please, not these 2."
Richard Hayward II: "Not only a yes, but a HELL YEAH!
Love it and why not?" and
"Unique and beautiful
would definitely purchase."
Jim Meade: "well at least i'll save $1,400 by not buying
Robert Lawson: "At least they are not the worst design,
but they fall short of being the best looking coins purposed. Then
again the women making the recommendations were offended by some of
the other designs. WOW, talk about self esteem issues, it's a
Coins Of Planet Earth: "There are already many
sexualised images of women on coins. Enough already. That reflects
only a fraction of women's true contribution to any society.
Including western. I like the obverse portrait. Not keen on this
particular liberty design."
Wayne Aldrich: "Designs like this should be on our
Allan Pechner Jr.: "Terrible designs! No wonder why more
collectors are buying Perth
Mint, Chinese and Royal Canadian
Mint / Monnaie Royale Canadienne products!"
Jeremy Russell: "They can keep them both"
Brian Childs: "I think they're both terrible."
Elijah Homuth: "I like em"
Jeff Cergnul: "Lame"
Bob Terry: "beautiful"
Bryan Eberly: "I'd have to see them on a coin. Right now
they look too sharp. Like photos. I don't think that would
transcribe to a coin well."
Chris-Kimberly Moore: "What happen to the real talent
when it comes to designing a coin. The oldies are amazing. These
designes almost look like a CAD product. Even if this design is
used...it's missing something..maybe some bordering…."
Joshua Meldrum: "Horrible"
William Phillip Henson: "Would not purchase!"
Daniel Pon: "The one on the right is better. The one on
the left has too much blank space in front of the face. However,
both aren't that inspiring."
Ken Forsythe: "Ok.. so its not somebody in US History..
just depicting an African American as Lady Liberty. So my next
question is 'why'? There are many African Americans they can depict
on their coins to commemorate their contributions to the country..
why change the look of Lady Liberty?"
Bob Journell: "That's just terrible!"
Maximus Meridius: "What do I think? I think I'll pass on
Jonathan Rufus Whitfield: "Looks like a 'PC'
(politically correctness) design here."
Vh Hurtado: "If the coin is massively discounted I'll
Noe Cano: "No Way....Will never Buy....unless
Joe Finio: "Both obverse designs can hit the bricks. Do
not like either of them. They are both too stylized. None of the
Obverses suit me, none of them. I like both of the reverse
What do you think about the CFA's recommended obverse designs?
Tell us in the comment section below!
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