Coin Designs by Daniel Carr.
These are good examples of the sculpting and rendering capabilities of the VS3D (Virtual Sculptor) CAD/CAM software.
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Denver Mint Centennial Token, 1906-2006.
Why the authorities didn't see fit to issue a commemorative coin or medal for this milestone is unknown. In early 2005 I wrote to Congress, the US Mint, and Coin World suggesting that legislation be passed authorizing Denver Mint centennial coins. And while the San Francisco Mint will see a commemorative coin in 2006 (regarding the 1906 earthquake), no action was taken on my proposal and no one in the public or government supported it.
I have no direct connection to the Denver Mint. But I am a Denver native, I was born not far from the Denver Mint, I've visited there several times, and the New York and Rhode island state quarters I designed were minted there.
So, early in 2006 I drove down to the Mint (on a quiet Sunday) and took several pictures of the building's exterior. The security guards kept a close eye on me (from a distance) as I stuck my camera through the fence to take pictures.
Since the Denver Mint wasn't issuing anything for their centennial, I decided that I would. I took those pictures and used them to design (and mint) a centennial token.
The obverse design was also submitted to TAMS (the Token And Medal Society) as an entry in the design contest for their annual medal. The TAMS annual medals typically show a theme related to the host city of their annual convention (which is in conjunction with the Denver American Numismatic Association show in 2006). This design was chosen for use on the actual medal. I supplied the 3D sculpture for die making, and the inscription "TAMS 26th Annual Assembly" was added by the die engraver.
The obverse shows an architectural detail (window and tympanum) from the exterior of the original part of the building's facade, along with a symbolic "D" mint mark.
The reverse shows a treasury shield with balance scales (symbolizing the Denver Mint's assay history), 38 stars (Colorado is the 38th state), and a cameo of a Liberty Head $20 gold coin (which was produced during the Mint's first year of operation in 1906). The $20 symbolic face value is a tribute to that $20 gold coin.
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