The following are descriptions of the artist submissions which won the most votes from Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) members for the gold, silver, and clad versions (obverse and reverse) of the upcoming American Legion coins:
AL-G-O-03 commemorates the inception of the American Legion and its mission to serve America and its war veterans. The outer geometric rim design from the American Legion emblem, the Eiffel Tower, and V for victory represent the formation of the organization in Paris in 1919 at the end of World War I.
AL-G-R-04 portrays a respectful presentation of a properly folded American flag, according to the American Legion Flag Code. This display of honor for the American flag, which represents the ideals of justice, freedom, and democracy for which our veterans fought, represents the American Legion’s service to the nation. The additional inscription reads For God and Country.
AL-S-O-05 depicts the American Legion emblem adorned by oak leaves and a lily, commemorating the founding of the American Legion in Paris, France.
AL-S-R-11 represents the founding of the American Legion in Paris in 1919. Above the crossed American and American Legion flags are simplified elements of the Arc de Triomphe and the inscription 100 Years of Service.
AL-C-O-05 depicts two children standing and reciting the pledge, with the little girl proudly wearing her grandfather’s old American Legion hat. The additional inscription reads I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG…
AL-C-R-06 completes the phrase from AL-C-O-05 with the inscription …OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The design depicts an American flag waving atop a high flagpole as seen from the children’s point-of-view from the ground below. The American Legion’s emblem is featured just above the flag.
Gary Lomax says
The gold coin is a mess. Far too much going on on the obverse.
The silver coin is acceptable. Nothing spectacular.
The clad half has no imagination and is boring. Plus, the forced diversity is really getting old.