Dear Ms. Gibson:
In its public meeting of 17 February conducted by videoconference, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed a set of alternative designs for the 2023 American Liberty high-relief 24-karat gold coin in two sizes, along with the associated silver medal. The Commission provided the following comments and recommendations.
Consistent with the preferences of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, the Commission members recommended obverse alternative #2 and reverse alternative #12 as an elegant pairing of images with a shared theme of nature. They commented that the obverse’s depiction of a bristlecone pine tree would powerfully symbolize the 2023 theme of liberty through perseverance, and they emphasized their support for the more inclusive symbolism of natural elements rather than the narrower symbolism of a personified representation of liberty. Agreeing that the composition presents a compelling sculptural form, they recommended careful sculpting to distinguish the tree roots from the rock outcropping. They also recommended refining the detailing of the rocks depicted on the obverse and reverse designs to strengthen the relationship between them.
In conclusion, the Commission commended the artistry of the recommended designs. As always, the staff is available to assist you with future submissions.
/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA
Ventris C. Gibson, Deputy Director
United States Mint
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