In 1981, President Reagan appointed Jones chief sculptor and engraver of the U.S. Mint, a position she held until 1990. In 1982, the U.S. Mint launched the modern commemorative coin series with the George Washington half dollar, which Jones designed. Four years later, Jones oversaw the introduction of the silver and gold American Eagle. She also initiated a nationwide design competition for U.S. commemorative coins and medals.
Jones also designed the 1983 Los Angeles Olympics Discus Thrower silver dollar, the 1986-W Statue of Liberty gold $5 and the 1988-W Seoul Summer Olympics gold $5. Jones is a three-time winner of Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year Award.
“I’m proud to have served as Chief Sculptor and Engraver at the U.S. Mint during a productive period that saw my initiation of the modern commemorative coin and the introduction of the American Eagle bullion coin program,” Jones.said. “I look forward to building upon this legacy with NGC’s signature labels.”
“We are excited to work with Elizabeth Jones to release a limited-edition signed label,” said NGC CEO Steven R. Eichenbaum. “Her contributions to the worlds of both art and modern coin collecting have been significant.”
She received international acclaim early in her career for her portrait medallions, and in 1972 Jones was awarded the Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture by the American Numismatic Association.
Jones’ work includes medals of Pope John Paul II, Washington National Cathedral Canon Charles Martin and Ronald Reagan. Her medals and medallions have been exhibited by Tiffany and Company, the Fédération Internationale de la Médaille (FIDEM) and others.
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