Artists at the Mint

September 28, 2017

When you think of the United States Mint, you might think of the people who work in one of the facilities, stamping or pressing or otherwise making coins. But did you know that artists also work at the Mint? The people who design and sculpt our coins are invaluable to the coin-making process.

In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, let’s take a look at some of the ways the Mint integrates art and artists into its coins and medals. There’s a gallery of art in every cash register, piggy bank, or pocket.

Let’s go inside the art studio at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia to learn more about the talented artists that bring U.S Mint coins and medals to life. U.S. Mint sculptor-engravers are entrusted with carrying on a long and distinguished tradition in rendering the history of our nation in miniature pieces of art.

Michael Gaudioso talks about working on the 2017 George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter.

Phebe Hemphill talks about working on the 2017 Ellis Island quarter.

Renata Gordon talks about working on the 2017 Effigy Mounds National Monument quarter.

Joseph Menna talks about working on the 2016 Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) quarter.

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