Proposed designs for five 2019 America the Beautiful quarter dollars
and a congressional gold medal were recommended Sept. 20 by the
Commission of Fine Arts.
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee reviewed the same proposed
designs the day before. The two panels agreed on some choices for
designs and recommended different choices for other designs.
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For the Lowell National Historical Park quarter dollar for
Massachusetts, the CFA recommended a design that depicts a mill girl
working at a bobbin battery machine, with a view of Lowell, including
the clock tower, through the window. The design is different from the
one recommended by the CCAC.
For the American Memorial Park coin for the Commonwealth of Northern
Mariana Islands, the CFA selected a design that features a Chamorro
boy saluting the American flag while on the shoulder of a soldier, at
the Memorial Court of Honor and Flag Circle. The memorial honors the
sacrifice made by those who lost their lives in the Marianas Campaign
during World War II. The CCAC recommended the same design, though it
recommends some modifications.
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For the coin reflecting Guam’s War in the Pacific National
Historical Park, the CFA recommended a design, while requesting a
modification to include elements from a second design.
The primary recommended design juxtaposes a U.S. Marine planting the
American flag into the sands of Guam on the day the American forces
arrived and the present-day Memorial Day Flag display at Asan Beach.
The second design portrays a wave of American forces coming ashore at
Asan Bay, strengthening the number of troops on the island in the
fight for the island of Guam and its eventual liberation (the CCAC
recommended this design). The CFA recommends the background from the
second design be substituted for the background of the primary
For the Texas coin reflecting San Antonio Missions National
Historical Park, the CFA-recommended design uses elements of the
Spanish Colonial real coin, in its iconography and composition of four
quadrants, to pay tribute to the missions. The CCAC recommended the
same design for the coin.
For the 2019 quarter dollar representing the Frank Church River of
No Return Wilderness in Idaho, the CFA opted for a design featuring a
pair of wolves at the river’s edge. Behind them, trees grip the rocky
slope, and steep cliffs meet the river’s edge. The CCAC’s
recommendation differs, though it, too, shows a wolf in a forest setting.
The CFA recommended the same designs for the congressional gold
medal recognizing the World War II exploits of the Office of Strategic
Services that the CCAC favored Sept. 19 and that are also preferred by
the OSS Society.
The obverse illustrates the letters OSS with each letter partially
revealing and partially concealing the silhouettes of three figures.
The recommended reverse features the OSS spearhead inscribed with
code words related to important OSS missions and agents.