Advisory Committee recommended proposed designs March 21 for
five silver medals to augment the 2018 World War I American Veterans Centennial silver
combined 62 proposed obverse and reverse designs reflect images
honoring American military personnel in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Service,
U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.
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members recommended to U.S. Mint officials that a sixth silver medal be
issued to honor women military personnel that served during World War I.
Commission of Fine
Arts reviewed the same designs March 16 and made their design
recommendations. The CCAC was originally scheduled to review the
designs March 15 but the meeting was canceled by a snowstorm that hit
the nation's capital.
designs recommended by the CCAC for the five World War I silver
medals, with Mint-provided commentary, are:
Obverse portrays a doughboy with a 48-star flag behind him, both
elements depicted as they were in WWI photographs and posters. The
additional inscription of “1918” completes the centennial
commemoration date. Reverse features the current Army emblem, which
was in use during World War I.
Obverse depicts a four-piper destroyer targeting an enemy submarine by
launching depth charges off the stern with an additional depth charge
exploding in the background. In the sky, kite balloons patrol for
submarines and other dangers. The reverse showcases the World War I
era Navy emblem.
Service: Obverse portrays a SPAD XIII, viewed from the top and side.
The additional inscription “SPAD XIII” identifies the aircraft. The
design was submitted for consideration as a reverse. The
reverse features the Military Aviator Insignia.
➤ Marines: The
obverse shows the aftermath of the three month Battle of Belleau Wood.
One Marine stands guard as the other kneels to pay respect and honor
to the fallen. The story closes quoting a report to the American
Expeditionary Forces: “WOODS NOW U.S. MARINE CORPS ENTIRELY.” An
Eagle, Globe, and Anchor and the additional inscription “BATTLE OF
BELLEAU WOOD” complete the design. The design was submitted as a
reverse. The reverse features the World War I era version of the
Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.
Guard: The obverse depicts a lifeboat from the cutter Seneca
heading out in heavy seas toward the torpedoed steamship
Wellington. The sailors have sighted men in the water and are
attempting a rescue immediately. The reverse depicts the World War
I-era Coast Guard emblem.
addition to recommending a sixth medal, the CCAC recommended that for
the other five medals that the Mint minimize design elements on the
obverse while also moving most of the obverse inscriptions to the
reverse accompanying service emblems.
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CCAC also endorsed the mock-up designs for the 2017 American Eagle
palladium $25 coin mandated to bear sculptor Adolph A. Weinman's obverse from the Winged
Liberty Head dime and an eagle reverse from the reverse of a gold
medal he designed for the American Institute of Architects.
CCAC also discussed possible design concepts for a congressional gold medal honoring the Filipino
Veterans of World War II.