Designs executed by Utah artist LeRoy Transfield have been selected
for the obverse and reverse of the 2018 World War I American Veterans
Centennial silver dollar.
Transfield’s designs as winner of the legislatively authorized
public design competition in 2016 were unveiled Oct. 9 in Washington,
D.C., in conjunction with the opening day of the Association of the
U.S. Army annual meeting and expo.
Design competition rules originally indicated winning
designs would be announced in January 2017, but in April the Mint’s website indicated no time had yet been decided.
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For winning the design competition, according to the authorizing
legislation, Transfield is to be compensated “not less than
$5,000” for his work, according to Public
According to the Mint’s rules, "Invited artists will be paid a fee of
$1000 for [submitting a plaster in Phase II of the competition] 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."
Transfield’s designer's initials and those of Donald Everhart II who
sculptured the designs will appear on the coin. Sculpturing of the
2018 coin designs was among Everhart’s final duties as lead
sculptor-engraver on the U.S. Mint engraving staff. Everhart retired
July 31 after 13 and a half years as a member of the U.S. Mint
engraving staff stationed at the Philadelphia Mint.
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Transfield’s obverse obverse design, titled “Soldier’s Charge,”
depicts an almost stone-like soldier gripping a rifle. Barbed wire
twines in the lower right hand side of the design. Inscriptions are
LIBERTY, 1918, 2018, and IN GOD WE TRUST.
The approved reverse design, titled “Poppies in the Wire,” features
poppy blossoms with barbed wire entwined. Inscriptions are ONE
DOLLAR, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Barbed wire was a common element on the World War I battlefields,
used between trenches to stifle troop advancement and mechanized
machinery movement. Following the trench warfare that took
place in the poppy fields of Flanders during World War I, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers
who have died during wartime.
U.S. Mint officials have not disclosed how many artists participated
in the first phase of the open design competition nor how many
designs, in total, were submitted. According to the rules, no more
than 20 artists moved from Phase I to Phase II, when submitted designs
were to be accompanied by a plaster. The juried competition was
evaluated by a seven-member panel comprised of three members each from
the Commission of Fine
Arts and Citizens
Coinage Advisory Committee and chaired by the Treasury secretary
or his designee.
The 2018 silver dollar is to be issued in Proof and Uncirculated
versions sometime in January. The maximum combined mintage, according
to the enabling legislation, Public Law 113-212, is 400,000 coins. Each coin
will carry a $10 surcharge. Net surcharges, after the U.S. Mint
recoups all of its production and associated costs, are to be
forwarded to the United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the
World Wars, to assist the World War
I Centennial Commission in commemorating the centenary of World
U.S. Mint officials plan to announce Oct. 10 the approved designs
for the five armed forces silver medals that will be issued in
conjunction with the commemorative coin program. The medals are not
legislatively authorized as part of the coin program, but are being
issued under the Treasury secretary’s broad authority to issue medals.
A .900 fine silver medal will be issued for each military branch — the
U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marines and U.S. Air Service.