January 24, 2014
In my previous article I asked the readers of the PCGS eCollector what changes could be happening for TrueView in 2014. I received a number of emails, and a number of people agreed that having more options for a background on the TrueView download page would be a nice addition. A number also seemed to like the possibility of having a coin photographed through the holder if a reholder is not desired. I've spoken to Don Willis about your feedback, and I plan on meeting with our technical staff to see how we can implement some of these changes.
In the meantime, and at the risk of shamelessly plugging my services, with the introduction of our new hologram at the end of the month it be an ideal time to include TrueView as part of your $5 reholder special submissions.
January 10th, 2014 was the application deadline for the US Mint's Artistic Infusion Program. According to the National Endowment for the Arts website the program seeks to "[take] coin and medal design in new directions and trying new approaches as part of our endeavor to ensure that the designs on United States coins and medals are of the highest quality to best represent our country for years to come. "
However, one must keep expectations for the program realistic, according to the article:
"Lots of designs might be inspiring but not "coinable" - for example, if one portion might outweigh the rest of the coin and prevent the metal from flowing correctly. It has to work well within defined borders, not like a watercolor that can ooze to the edges of a canvas. And it has to be recognizable on a very small surface."
The requirements, and conditions of the program are also quite intensive. Having the requested designs is one thing, but in addition there needs to be a resume, personal statement, 10 samples of other artistic work, and specific eligibility requirements:
This would be a tremendous effort on the part of the applicant. Surely such an individual would have a great enthusiasm for coins and medals, and would very much look forward to their work.
For me, I would love to design a US Coin... however, not being a US citizen, I am ineligible for the program. But I didn't let that stop me from playing around with a design.
When I was happy with my finished design I showed it to one or two fellow collectors who thought it was cool, but the real test was my Miss Liberty herself. What was her response to my design? While flattered her feedback was "My mouth looks weird." Oh well. I guess it needs some tweaking.
If you have any coin designs you'd like to share, feel free to forward one to me at [email protected].