Dear Mr. Peterson:
In its meeting of 17 November, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed alternative reverse designs for the American Eagle platinum coin to be issued in 2012, part of the ongoing series based on the themes of the Preamble to the United States Constitution.
The Commission members commented that the allegorical and historical human figures in many of the alternatives were poorly rendered–an ongoing concern of the Commission–and would be difficult to perceive clearly at the small scale of the coin. They therefore recommended #10 as the most legible design, with the request that the composition be improved by placing the "1 Oz." text associated with the ".9995 Platinum" text in the same arc, as seen in alternative #11; they supported the curving shape of the banner as shown in #10 and expressed a preference for a more prominent placement of the "$100" denomination, possibly as part of the circular text pattern.
As always, the staff is available to assist you with future submissions.
/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA
Richard A. Peterson, Deputy Director
United States Mint
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Washington, DC 20220
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