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Thomas R. Hipschen – Designer, Artistic Infusion Program

Artistic Infusion Program

Thomas R. Hipschen


Thomas Hipschen, an Iowa native, moved to Washington, DC in 1968 to participate in a ten year formal engraving apprenticeship offered by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. He studied at George Washington University, American University, and the Corcoran School of Art. As a banknote picture engraver, Mr. Hipschen engraved over one hundred and thirty U.S. postage and revenue stamps, and the portraits of Benjamin Franklin, Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln which appear on the current $100, $50, $20 and $5 U.S. banknotes, along with the vignettes on the backs. Before retiring from the U.S. government in 2006, Mr. Hipschen trained a generation of apprentices to carry on the security engraving tradition for the U.S. Treasury Department. He is currently a master instructor for the Intaglio Engraver's Academy in Urbino, Italy, a committee member for the International Banknote Designer's Association and an initial signator of its subset Intaglio Engraver's Working Group.

Mr. Hipschen's privately commissioned engravings have appeared on banknotes, in print portfolios, souvenir cards, and book plates for organizations and individuals throughout the US, Canada, and Europe. Both his public and private works have garnered awards in many different artistic categories.

He currently shares a studio with his wife and teaches printmaking in Virginia.

Coin Design Credits

  • 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park reverse
  • 2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin – Clad reverse

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