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Paul C. Balan – Designer, Artistic Infusion Program

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Paul C. Balan


Paul Cainto Balan is a native of Paete, Laguna, Philippines. He studied fine arts at the University of Santo Thomas in Manila. Many of his religious works, ranging from murals to stained glass, are on display at various churches in the Philippines.

In 2001, Mr. Balan immigrated to the U. S. and subsequently became a U.S. citizen in 2005. Currently residing with his family in Illinois, he continues to produce a wide range of works and is the recipient of numerous accolades as well as the subject of profiles in local publications and news programs. He exhibits his paintings and sculptures regularly, most notably his Lupang Hinirang Series, the first ever visual interpretation of the Philippine national anthem.

In 2012, Mr. Balan received fine work honors for his PACEM design in the Japanese mint's International Coin Design Competition. In 2013, he was awarded the best design in the National Humanities Medal Design Competition out of 128 entries submitted. His inspiration for his award-winning design was the Statue of Liberty which he portrayed as representative of the history, wisdom and generosity of the United States. The National Humanities Medal is bestowed by the President of the United States in an annual White House ceremony.

Coin Design Credits

  • 2016 American Eagle Platinum Proof Program – reverse
  • 2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Program – Silver obverse
  • 2015 U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program – Gold reverse

Medal Design Credits

  • Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program – Muscogee (Creek) Nation obverse
  • Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program – Muscogee (Creek) Nation reverse
  • Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals Program – Menominee Nation obverse

Coin & Medal Design Credits

  • 2015 High Relief Gold Coin and Silver Medal – reverse

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