U.S. Mint announces design competition for 2018 World War I silver dollar

Legislation authorizes production, release of 350,000 coins
By , Coin World
Published : 02/01/16
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Adam Stump, deputy director for the Mint's Office of Corporate Communications, said via email there will only be one winner, who will receive $10,000 for the obverse and reverse designs.

Stump emphasized, per the legislation, "the final design of the commemorative coins minted under this Act shall be selected by the Secretary based on the competition’s winning design. As such, after consultation with subject matter experts such as manufacturing advisors (to comment upon coinability) and historians (to advise on accuracy of artistic depictions), the expert jury will discuss and identify any necessary modifications required to the winning applicant’s designs in order for it to be selected by the Treasury Secretary as the final design of the 2018 World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coins."

Design requirements

According to the competition rules, design submissions must —

  • be emblematic of the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I
  • not include the name or depiction of any living person, even with permission
  • not include names, emblems, logos, trademarks or other intellectual property associated with any specific commercial or private organization
  • be the artist’s own original artwork
  • not include the artist’s name, initials, logo, mark, or other identifier anywhere in or on the design (including plasters)
  • not be frivolous or inappropriate.

Artists may be responsible at any time for any necessary modifications to submitted designs as requested by the United States Mint. Changes may be requested for any reason, including historical/technical accuracy, appropriateness, or coinability.

Required Inscriptions

Obverse

  • Liberty
  • In God We Trust
  • 2018

Reverse

  • United States of America
  • E Pluribus Unum
  • One Dollar (or) $1

Artists may choose to include additional inscriptions beyond the required inscriptions.

The 112th Congress established the World War I Centennial Commission "to plan, develop and execute programs, projects and activities to commemorate the centennial of World War I." The silver dollar is among the commission's commemorative programs.

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