Coin Designs by Daniel Carr.
This design is an example of the sculpting and rendering capabilities of the VS3D (Virtual Sculptor) CAD/CAM software.
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Bessie Coleman dollar, 1998.
Shortly after I began my campaign to get an Astronaut on the new dollar, the announcement was made that the new coin must feature a woman. I then learned that the Dollar Coin Advisory Committee had been formed, and they announced that they would accept applications from the general public to give a presentation at their meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to decide what woman to portray on the coin. Still in search of an aviation/space theme for the coin, I applied for, and was granted an opportunity to make a presentation at the committee's meeting in Philadelphia. I decided on Bessie Coleman. She was an African-American woman and an early aviation pioneer. She achieved her pilot's license before Amelia Erhart did. I hastily produced this design using my software and presented it to the committee. At one point, my proposal was tied for second place in the committee's voting, but eventually Sacagawea was the winning choice. An AP photograph of this design appeared in numerous newspapers across the country.
|Obverse: Bessie Coleman in flight gear. A space shuttle soars above the horizon with 13 stars in the distance. This design symbolizes the amazing progress in aviation during the 20th century. At the time I presented it, a woman had just been named commander of a space shuttle mission.
Reverse: (not pictured) Similar to the Astronaut and Sacagawea coins.
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