Dear Mr. Moy:
In its meeting of 19 November, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the proposed obverse designs for the fifth set of one-dollar coins in the Presidential series. The Commission's recommendations were as follows:
Andrew Johnson. The Commission recommended alternative #17-01, commenting that the larger size of the head is better proportioned to the overall coin, and the near-profile pose is a compelling composition.
Ulysses Grant. The Commission recommended alternative #18-04 due to the larger proportion of the head to the coin; the second choice was #18-01. The Commission members expressed regret that a profile pose was not included among the alternatives.
Rutherford Hayes. The Commission recommended alternative #19-04, commenting on the strength of the profile pose and the superior composition of the portrait within the overall circle of the coin.
James Garfield. The Commission recommended alternative #20-02, commenting on the near-profile pose, the superior treatment of the hair and beard, and the larger size of the head.
The Commission members continue to appreciate the provision of information on source images for their inspection during the review; they requested that these copies be included in the presentation itself and also provided in advance with the submission materials, so that they may consider the proposed designs in relation to the source material in advance of the meeting.
As always, the staff is available to assist you with future submissions.
/s/Thomas E. Luebke, AIA
Edmund C. Moy, Director
United States Mint
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