Reverse Designs for New 2010 Lincoln
By Numismatic News
Coinage Advisory Committee often goes its own
way in choosing designs it thinks the Treasury
secretary should adopt.
Good thing, too, in the case of the designs
considered April 28 following an April 16 review
by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.
The CFA choice of a sheaf of wheat that
symbolizes unity for a 2010 Lincoln cent was
later noticed to be a knockoff of a 1924 German
This design was then withdrawn by the Mint with
the statement, "Prospective coin designs go
through an iterative internal review process
during which a design may be removed or modified
based on a variety of cumulative considerations,
including coinability, legal sufficiency,
artistic integrity and appropriateness.
"The United States Mint ultimately decided to
remove design LP-18 from consideration after
determining that it was inappropriately similar
to a 1920s era German pfennig."
Members of the CCAC didn't even put the wheat
sheaf design on their list of preferences.
Chairman Mitch Sanders said the members ranked
all 18 designs being reviewed on a point scale
where the maximum possible was 27.
Topping this list with 19 points was design
LP-13 showing a shield (see images at right).
Second choice with 10 points was LP-17.
Third choice was LP-2 with 7 points.
Fourth choice was LP-1 with 4 points.
Fifth choice with 3 points was LP-16.
Members of CCAC were more in tune with CFA
members with their choice for the 2010 Native
American dollar coin reverse.
The design with a bundle of arrows, LP-5,
received the highest possible point total of 27.
As an also ran, LP-3 showing an eagle atop a
pine tree, received 2 points.
The CCAC members also formally asked to discuss
redesign of the Lincoln cent obverse at its next
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