Dear Mr. Moy:
In its meeting of 15 July, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the proposed obverse designs for the sixth set of one-dollar coins in the Presidential series. The Commission's recommendations were as follows:
Chester A. Arthur. The Commission recommended alternative #4 with a near-profile pose, commenting that the pose and particularly the depiction of hair on the other alternatives would be problematic at the scale of the coin.
Grover Cleveland (first term). The Commission recommended alternative #1 due to the simplicity of the design and the near-profile pose.
Benjamin Harrison. The Commission members did not recommend any of the submitted alternatives, expressing regret that a profile pose was not included. They suggested that alternative #5 has the most potential for further development.
Grover Cleveland (second term). The Commission recommended alternative #3 due to the more pleasing appearance of the portrait, but expressed concern that the quality of submitted portraits should be improved overall.
The Commission members reiterated their longstanding preference for the profile view in numismatic portraits; they requested that future submissions for this series—and for other portraiture as well—include at least one profile view among the alternatives.
As always, the staff is available to assist you.
/s/Thomas E. Luebke, AIA
Edmund C. Moy, Director
United States Mint
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