From the April 24, 2020, Numismatic News E-NewsLetter
If you had to pick just one, what coin design is your favorite?
Here are some answers sent in from our E-Newsletter readers.
The Liberty half dollar.
I think our best coin design was the Walking Liberty half dollar with lady liberty on the obverse and a great eagle on the reverse.
St Albans, West Va.
My favorite is the flying eagle. I remember my grandfather had one. I always looked at it because I loved it and was fascinated by it. Unfortunately, it later was stolen.
My favorite coin design is the Morgan dollar.
Green Bay, Wis.
My favorite is the 1921 High Relief Peace dollar.
George and the Dragon on a crown-size coin.
Auckland, New Zealand
The $10 Indian gold eagle.
St. Gaudens double eagle.
My favorite individual coin design has to be the 1936 Bridgeport, Connecticut Centennial Commemorative half dollar. The reverse of which appears to be at a quick glance, that of a breaching whale. Though upon closer scrutiny is an eagle, perhaps a Picasso rendition, actually designed by Henry Kreis. And perhaps appropriately so, P.T. Barnum on the obverse.
My favorite for a type coin design is Mercanti's reverse of the American silver eagle, where he has accomplished the impossible task it seems, to have given the Eagle the true and correct number of tail-feathers at 12, for the first time in numismatic history. And of course, credit goes to Wineman's obverse of the famous Walking Lady Liberty. Take that Henry Linderman, Mint Director for the fiasco 7 & 8 Tail-Feather change on George T. Morgan's fabled silver dollar.
Saint-Gaudens double eagle.
Some of the best U.S. coin designs are unfortunately never seen by the vast majority of the public. They are all on collector and bullion coins sold by the mint at a premium. That being said, my favorite design was on the original platinum series. I don't collect platinum, nor do most people, so what a waste of a design. This would have made a great dollar coin, but the politics of 1999-2000 left us with what we have today.
My favorite is the Walking Liberty half. The obverse represents American Liberty better than any other representation: confident, stepping forward toward the dawning horizon, offering an outstretched hand. On the reverse, maintaining the confidence and leaning forward theme, it could be the best representation of the eagle among all U.S. coins.
St. Gaudens, of course.
Gold American bison 1 ounce.
My favorite is the Mercury dime, both the obverse and reverse.
The St. Gaudin’s $20 gold piece is my favorite.
Standing Liberty quarter.