CALL FOR ARTISTS

SEEKING ARTISTS TO CREATE UNITED STATES COIN AND MEDAL DESIGNS

Coming this September

Become a part of history… 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 story of America.

What is the Call for Artists?

The United States Mint is seeking professional artists to join our Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). Established to enrich and invigorate our coins and medals, the AIP is a pool of talented American artists that develop designs for our country’s coins and medals. AIP artists are:

  • Paid per assignment
  • Earn a bonus fee of $5,000 per design selected for minting
  • Have their initials included on the final coin or medal
  • Named as designer in historical documents

More on the Artistic Infusion Program

AIP artists work from their own studios providing candidate designs in the form of finished drawings. If a candidate design is selected by the Secretary of the Treasury to be produced, the Mint begins the process of translating line art into bas relief sculpture.

The journey of a design from line art to a coin or medal is illustrated below using the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarter® for Block Island National Wildlife Refuge located in Rhode Island.

2018 america the beautiful block island national wildlife refuge quarter line artArtists submit designs in the form of line art as candidates for coins or medals.

2018 america the beautiful block island national wildlife refuge quarter clay sculptureSelected line art is sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engravers.

2018 america the beautiful block island national wildlife refuge quarter machine dieOnce complete, it is reduced in size and machined into a die.

2018 america the beautiful block island national wildlife refuge quarter in display caseThe die is then used to strike the coins or medals—including those that become the change we carry in our pockets every day.

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