Dear Mr. Ryder:
In its meeting of 18 July, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed alternative designs for a set of three coins commemorating the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Consistent with the preferences of the Hall of Fame and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, the Commission members recommended obverse alternative #19 and reverse alternative #17. They requested further refinement of reverse #17, questioning the excessive elongation of the players’ arms, which may not be resolved by simply projecting the flat drawing onto the coin’s curved surface; they also suggested that the basketball be placed equally beyond the reach of all three players. In addition, they requested coordination of the fonts for the selected obverse and reverse designs.
As always, the staff is available to assist you with future submissions.
/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA
David Ryder, Director
United States Mint
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