(Newport Beach, California) – Thomas S. Cleveland, an original Master Designer from the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program (AIP), has signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com). Best known for the reverse design of the 2007 American Platinum Eagle, Cleveland carries design credits for 15 different U.S. Mint coins and medals.
"This signature deal will allow collectors to further enhance their modern U.S. coins with authentic hand signed insert labels by one of the U.S. Mint’s celebrated AIP Master Designers, " said PCGS Vice President Mark Stephenson.
Cleveland’s design for the reverse of the 2007 Platinum Eagle features an upward thrusting American Bald Eagle covered by a Federal Shield with the inscription FREEDOM.
The first label release in the collection, branded the Thomas S. Cleveland Signature Series, will feature the device from the Platinum Eagle’s reverse alongside Cleveland’s authentic, hand-signed autograph in bold silver ink. Each of the ensuing insert label releases in the series will follow a similar motif by pairing Cleveland’s U.S. Mint designs with large, clean signatures from the artist.
“I pursued a personal level of excellence in my all my pieces. I am thrilled to now be able to offer my full signature to complement my designs,” stated Cleveland.
Thomas S. Cleveland’s full list of U.S. Mint coin and medal credits is as follows:
Thomas S. Cleveland, a native of Oklahoma, was among the first group of artists who pioneered the historic Artistic Infusion Program. Serving from 2004 to 2014, he was one of only three original Master Designers remaining in the program in 2014. Cleveland currently teaches at his art school in his hometown of Cypress, Texas. For more information, please visit www.artistwithin.net.
According to the U.S. Mint’s website (www.usmint.gov), the Artistic Infusion Program was formed in 2004 to help revitalize United States coin and medal designs. The U.S. Mint developed this collection of diverse American artists to reinvigorate U.S. coinage by creating and submitting new designs for United States coins and medals in collaboration with the United States Mint Sculptor-Engravers.
Thomas S. Cleveland Signature Series labels are now available to collectors through the PCGS Collectors Club and PCGS Authorized Dealer network. For information about PCGS products and services, including these authentic hand signed labels, visit www.PCGS.com/labels or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.