The United States
Mint announced details Feb. 1 for an open
design competition from which designs will be selected for the
2018 World War I American Veterans Centennial silver dollar.
The enabling legislation, Public Law 113-212, calls for production and
release of up to 350,000 silver dollars combined in Proof and
The design competition is open to U.S. citizens and permanent
residents 18 years of age or older. "Employees of the United
States Mint, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and members of the
jury and their families are not eligible for this competition,"
according to the competition rules.
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The competition is divided into two phases. During Phase I, which
runs Feb. 29 through April 28, artists are requested to submit their
contact information and three to five samples of their work via
electronic media using the online form.
For Phase II, U.S. Mint officials indicate, up to 20 applicants will
be asked to create and submit designs and plasters for the final coin.
The applicants selected for Phase II will be notified May 31, and they
will have a deadline of July 31 to submit the required designs and
The winner will be announced in January 2017.
No designs submitted during Phase II will be considered for the
final designs unless accompanied by plaster models.
"Invited artists will be paid a fee of $1,000 for this work
[Phase II] and will be eligible to receive an additional $10,000 (and
have their initials appear on the coin) if the artist’s design is
ultimately selected," according to the contest rules. "All
Phase Two designs must be accompanied by a completed and signed Rights
Transfer Agreement that will be provided by the United States Mint
with the invitation."
The final design selection will be made following review by the
seven-member juried panel chaired by the Treasury secretary. The
remaining six members represent three members selected by the
membership of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and three by
the Commission of Fine Arts.
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."
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
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.
- In God We Trust
- United States of America
- E Pluribus Unum
Dollar (or) $1
Artists may choose to include additional inscriptions beyond the
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