The designs on United States coins and medals are more than simple illustrations on small metal discs; they are expressions of the values, aspirations, and shared heritage of our Nation. They serve as illustrations to the world of the essence and the story of America. We endeavor to ensure that the designs on United States coins and medals are of the highest quality to best represent our country for years to come.
The United States Mint established the Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) in 2003 to enrich and invigorate United States coin and medal designs by contracting with a pool of talented, professional American artists representing diverse backgrounds and a variety of interests. These artists, in concert with the United States Mint Sculptor-Engravers, create and submit new designs for United States coins and medals.
AIP artists' designs can be found on many of the coins and medals produced since the program's inception. Artists of selected designs are named as designer in historical documents, Certificates of Authenticity and promotional materials. In most cases, the artist's initials appear on the final coins or medals (along with the initials of the United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver who sculpted the selected design).
The current AIP has a line-up of nineteen artists, enough to satisfy its requirements for design portfolio diversity. When needed, the United States Mint invites artists from across the country to apply to the AIP through a “Call for Artists.” The United States Mint is not currently accepting applications for AIP artists. Please watch this space for future openings in this program.