The U.S. Mint has shared details for an upcoming competition in which contestants will be able to submit designs for the 2018 World War I Centennial Commemorative silver dollar. The winning artist will design both the obverse and reverse of the coin, and will receive a prize of $10,000.
The contest is open to all citizens and permanent residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age. Each applicant can submit three to five samples between February 29 and April 28. A group of experts will then select 20 artists to move forward with obverse and reverse submissions for the commemorative; those who make it to this phase will be provided with $1,000 for expenses and asked to submit plaster models with their designs.
- Applications Open: February 29, 2016
- Application Deadline: April 28, 2016
- Artists Notified if Selected to Submit a Design: May 31, 2016
- Design and Plaster Submissions Must Be Received By: July 31, 2016
- Winner Announced: January 2017
The contest and the commemorative coin were authorized by Public Law 113-212. A $10 surcharge for each silver dollar will go to benefit the World War I Centennial Commission, which is charged with commemorating the centenary of the war. The competition is part of the U.S. Mint’s 2018 World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Program and will operate at no cost to taxpayers, as required by law.
The U.S. Mint has set up an impressive homepage for the contest, which includes thorough guidelines, multi-media content, and an extensive FAQ; to peruse this information, please visit the Mint’s Web site.