Dear Mr. Moy:
In its meeting of 17 May, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed designs for the American Bald Eagle Recovery and National Emblem Commemorative Coin Program for 2008. The Commission's recommendations were as follows:
$5 Gold Coin: For the obverse, the Commission recommended alternative BE-O-G-03. For the reverse, alternative BE-R-G-01 depicting the Great Seal of the United States was the only design shown and was considered an appropriate choice for this coin program.
$1 Silver Coin: For the obverse, alternative BE-O-S-08; the Commission members recommended eliminating the mountains from the design, which they found to detract from the powerful image of the eagle in flight. For the reverse, alternative BE-R-S-01 depicting an early version of the Great Seal was the only design shown and was accepted with no objection.
Half-Dollar Clad Coin: For the obverse, the Commission recommended alternative BE-O-C-03 because the inclusion of the adult bird gives context for the hatchlings and illustrates the life cycle of the eagles. For the reverse, the Commission recommended alternative BE-R-C-01.
As always, the staff is available to assist you in future submissions.
Thomas E. Luebke, AIA
Edmund C. Moy, Director
United States Mint
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