Substitute Gets Nod
By Numismatic News
Flag gets the nod from the U.S. Commission of
Fine Arts for the reverse of the 2010 Lincoln
The image's strength and simplicity spoke to
commission members, said Thomas Luebke,
It also "clearly conveys the American identity
in accordance with the Mint's principles of
artistic excellence," he said.
The commission had previously recommended a
sheaf of wheat symbolizing unity, but that
design was withdrawn by the Mint because of its
similarity to a 1920s German design.
The commission also recommended designs for the
obverse and reverse of an American Veterans
Disabled for life commemorative silver dollar.
There were nine obverse and five reverse designs
to choose from, Luebke said.
Two obverse designs garnered support.
Alternative 1 portrays an honor guard
representing the various branches of the
military. Alternative 7 portrays three pairs of
soldiers' feet, one pair flanked by crutches.
Luebke said some commission members found it to
be particularly moving and well composed.
The reverse recommended is Alternative 1, a
wreath design encompassing a quotation from
president Abraham Lincoln.
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