Thomas Uram, a Pennsylvania collector and president of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, was more blunt. The mounds “look like blobs,” he said.
“None of these designs really hit the mark,” Wastweet said.
The artists should “try one more time,” she said.
The committee recommended designs for the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana, and a silver dollar to mark the centennial of the Lions Club.
The National Park Service’s recommended coin to mark the Douglass site came under fire from Scarinci who objected to the wishes of several committee members who wanted the coin to show the famed abolitionist orating from a podium.
Scarinci reminded his colleagues that the coin series is supposed to honor sites — not individuals.
“Like it or not, we’re stuck with the building,” he said, citing designs showing Douglass’ Washington home.
But Marks, sitting in his final meeting with the panel, argued the coin represented “a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the man for whom the park is named.”
The supporters for the orating Douglass held sway. The panel gave 21 of a possible 27 points to the Douglass image and 15 points to a design showing Douglass in the foreground with his home in the background.
The George Rogers Clark coin design that the committee recommends shows the February 1779 taking of a British fort in what was known as the Northwest Territory.