The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) recently reviewed design candidates provided by the United States Mint for the upcoming 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Silver Dollars.
The commemorative coin program was authorized under Public Law 112-209 and calls for the issuance of up to 500,000 silver dollars in recognition and celebration of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of the March of Dimes Foundation. Under the authorizing legislation, the designs for the coin are to be emblematic of the mission and programs of the March of Dimes, and its distinguished record of generating Americans’ support to protect our children’s health.
The United States Mint had prepared and presented a total of 22 different obverse and 18 different reverse designs for the coin. The CFA offered their recommended choices, along with suggested modifications to improve the designs.
For the obverse, Commission members recommended alternative #9, which features images of a Roosevelt Dime, a cardboard display for receiving donations of dimes, and Dr. Jonas Salk, the American medical researcher who discovered and developed a vaccine for polio. The CFA recommended modifying the design by shifting the dime away from the edge of the to coin to avoid an awkward tangency of circles. They further suggested moving the cardboard display image to the reverse.
The recommended reverse design was alternative #16. Commission members suggested using the cardboard display board image from the suggested obverse as a background element on the reverse. They further suggested removing the large fingers to improve the clarity of the composition.
At a separate meeting, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) offered their recommendations for obverse #15 and reverse #7.
The authority to select the final design rests with the Secretary of the Treasury, who will weigh the recommendations of the CFA, CCAC, and March of Dimes Foundation.
The March of Dimes Commemorative Silver Dollars are authorized to be issued during the 1-year period beginning on January 1, 2015.
Images of all obverse and reverse design candidates prepared by the United States Mint are included below.
Obverse Design Candidates
Reverse Design Candidates