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Jim Licaretz

Jim Licaretz

Medallic Sculptor
United States Mint

Jim Licaretz is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He received a J. Henry Schiedt Traveling Scholarship, as well as the Edmund Stewardson Prize for Figurative Sculpture and a Philadelphia Board of Education four-year scholarship.

Licaretz returned to the United States Mint as a medallic sculptor in 2006, a position he first held in the 1980s. He was also a sculptor at Franklin Porcelain and the Franklin Mint in Pennsylvania, a master sculptor at Mattel in California and manager of the sculpting department at Artistic Solutions and Production in California. In addition, he served as a faculty member at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

Licaretz’s works are represented in numerous private collections and can be seen at the British Museum, Royal Coin Cabinet, National Museum of Economy in Stockholm, Sweden, American Numismatic Society and the Smithsonian Institution. He has exhibited his sculptures extensively throughout the U.S.

Licaretz is a former president of the American Medallic Sculpture Association and a fellow member of the National Sculpture Society and sculptor member of the Federation International de le Medaille.

Among Licaretz’s many professional awards and honors are the 2008 American Numismatic Association’s Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture; the 1987 Best in Show "Sculpture 1987" at the Johnson Atelier National Competition in Mercerville, New Jersey the 1986 American Artist Professional League Gold Medal at the 58th Grand National Exhibition; the 1986 Gold Medal of Honor for Sculpture at the 36th Annual Open Exhibition, Knickerbocker Artists; and the 1976 Introspect Sculpture Award, Franklin Mint, Medal of Honor for Sculpture.

Coin Sculpting and Design Credits:

  • 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Denali National Park and Preserve, reverse (sculpt)
  • 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Program – Chickasaw National Recreation Area reverse (sculpt)
  • 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin silver obverse (sculpt)
  • 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar reverse (sculpt)
  • 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin – Birthplace in Kentucky reverse (sculpt)
  • 2009 First Spouse Gold Coin – Margaret Taylor reverse (sculpt)
  • 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program – Guam reverse (sculpt)
  • 2008 Presidential $1 Coin – Andrew Jackson obverse (sculpt)
  • 2008 Presidential $1 Coin – Martin Van Buren reverse (sculpt)
  • 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin – silver reverse (sculpt)

Medal Sculpting Credits:

  • 2006 Secretary Henry M. Paulson Medal obverse (design and sculpt)
  • 1988 Young Astronauts Silver Medal obverse (sculpt)
  • 1987 Mary Lasker Congressional Gold Medal obverse (design and sculpt)
  • 1986 Harry Chapin Congressional Gold Medal obverse (sculpt)
  • 1986 Aaron Copland Congressional Gold Medal reverse (design and sculpt)
  • 1986 Natan (Anatoly) and Avital Shcharansky Congressional Gold Medal obverse (design and sculpt)
  • 1986 Natan (Anatoly) and Avital Shcharansky Congressional Gold Medal reverse (sculpt)
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