The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recently reviewed the design candidates for the commemorative coins to be issued next year to mark the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Marshals Service. The United States Mint provided a total of 47 different design candidates for the obverse and reverse of the $5 gold coin, silver dollar, and half dollar.
Public Law 112-104, which authorized the coin program, provided specific instructions for the themes or elements to be featured on the obverse and reverse of each coin. The law also indicated that images for the designs of the coins shall be selected on the basis of realism, historical accuracy, and the extent to which the images are reminiscent of the artwork of coins during the “Golden Age of Coinage” at the beginning of the 20th Century.
For the $5 gold coin, the obverse design is required to bear an image of the United States Marshals Service Star, while the reverse is required to carry a design emblematic of the sacrifice and service of the men and women of the US Marshals Service who lost their lives in the line of duty. From the available candidates, the CCAC recommended the obverse and reverse design pairing shown above by motion with four members voting aye, three members voting nay, and one member abstaining.
The silver dollar for the program is required to have an obverse design bearing an image of the United States Marshals Service Star and the reverse is to carry an image emblematic of the United States Marshal’s legendary status in America’s cultural landscape. The image is to depict Marshals as lawmen of the frontiers, including their geographic, political, or cultural history. The CCAC recommended the design pairing shown above by motion with six members voting aye and one member voting nay. The Committee also recommended that the horse rail and post shown on the reverse design should be modified to more clearly define the image of the frontier lawman.
Under the authorizing legislation, the obverse of the clad half dollars is required to bear an image emblematic of the United States Marshals Service and its history. The reverse is to carry an image consistent with the role the US Marshals Service had in changing the nation. Further, the image should show the ties that the Marshals have to the United States Constitution, with themes including the Whiskey Rebellion and the rule of law; slavery and the legacy of inequality; and the struggle between labor and capital.
The CCAC recommended the obverse and reverse designs shown above for the half dollar. The obverse design had received 19 out of a possible 27 points through the design scoring process. The reverse was recommended by motion with six members voting aye, one member voting nay, and one member abstaining. The Committee recommended that the handcuffs should be removed from the reverse design.
The design candidates for the 2015 US Marshals Service Commemorative Coins will also be reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts, who will provide their recommendations. The authority to select the final designs rests with the Secretary of the Treasury.
The complete set of design candidates provided by the United States Mint for the program appear following.
$5 Gold Coin Obverse Design Candidates
$5 Gold Coin Reverse Design Candidates
Silver Dollar Obverse Design Candidates
Silver Dollar Reverse Design Candidates
Half Dollar Obverse Design Candidates
Half Dollar Reverse Design Candidates