The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) have recently reviewed a second round of design candidates provided by the United States Mint for the upcoming 2013 Edith Wilson First Spouse Gold Coin.
In March, the CCAC and CFA had reviewed the original round of design candidates for both the obverse and reverse of the coin. Both groups had supported the same candidate for the obverse (shown above), but rejected all candidates for the reverse.
The CCAC had requested that the US Mint produce additional reverse design candidates with the recommendation that these additional designs focus on the First Lady’s role in assisting President Wilson in the execution of his duties following his stroke. The CFA had agreed that this was a promising theme for further development.
The United States Mint complied with the request and provided an additional four reverse design candidates for consideration. Shown below are the original four candidates (EdW-R-C-1 to EdW-R-C-4) as well as the four additional candidates (EdW-R-C-02A and EdW-R-C-05 to EdW-R-C-07).
The CCAC reviewed the candidates at a meeting held on April 19 and strongly recommended design EdW-R-05 which received 26 out of 27 possible points. The design portrays Edith Wilson’s hand on the President Wilson’s hand which grips a cane. The CCAC felt that this design effectively conveyed the theme of Mrs. Wilson assisting her husband in the execution of his Presidential duties following his stroke. Members remarked that the arrangement provided a good balance of design elements and negative space which would produce a very attractive coin.
Although the CFA expressed appreciation for the opportunity to review additional designs at their meeting held on April 18, they concluded that the new designs would be unsatisfactory. Instead, they recommended one of the original candidates EdW-R-C-1 with several modifications. They suggested eliminating the door in the background, adjusting the pose of Mrs. Wilson to place her hand on President Wilson’s shoulder, and enlarging the paper to be signed so it appears to be an official document rather than a checkbook.
The authority to select the final design rests with the Secretary of the Treasury, who will consider the recommendations and input of the CCAC and CFA.