Coin Design History and Resume for Daniel Carr
Daniel Carr received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1982. He also studied computer graphics and art extensively. He wrote his own digital sculpting computer software which he uses in an innovative process to create coins, medals, and tokens.
- He submitted six designs in a national open design competition for the US Mint's 1993 WWII commemorative coins.
- He proposed Apollo Astronaut designs for the new small-size "golden" dollar coin. The designs were featured on the front page of Coin World on two separate occasions (March 30, 1998 and April 13, 1998 issues).
- He applied for, and was granted, the opportunity to make a presentation at the Dollar Coin Advisory Committee meeting in Philadelphia in 1999. The purpose of the meeting was to decide what woman to portray on the new small-size "golden" dollar. His designs and proposal for Bessie Coleman was tied for second place in the committee's voting behind Sacagawea.
- He created the only unsolicited works to be accepted in the limited invitational design competition for the Sacagawea dollar.
- Daniel Carr's Eagle design was one of seven official US Mint finalists for the Sacagawea dollar reverse.
- He submitted six designs for the Capitol Visitor's Center commemorative coins in the US Mint's limited invitational design competition.
- He was invited by the US Mint to submit designs for all five of the 2001 state quarters. His New York and Rhode Island designs won the competition, and they were used on the actual coins.
- His Rhode Island quarter design was named as the best "trade" (circulating) coin in the world by an international panel of judges for World Coin News' 2001 COTY (Coin Of The Year) awards. This was the first state quarter to receive such an award.
- The state of Maine chose Daniel Carr's design for their quarter in a design contest attracting about 200 entries. The US Mint's final Maine quarter design was based upon this concept.
- An entry by Daniel Carr was, at one point, one of 13 finalists for the Wisconsin state quarter design, out of 5700 entrants.
- An entry by Daniel Carr was one of 10 finalists for the Florida state quarter out of 5000 submissions.
- An entry by Daniel Carr in the official California state quarter design contest was one of 20 finalists, out of over 8000 entries.
- A design by Daniel Carr honoring the 10th Mountain Division was submitted to Colorado and was the basis for one of the five finalists for the Colorado state quarter.
- He has also submitted state quarter designs directly to the following states: Michigan, Texas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, and Nevada.
- Daniel Carr was commissioned to design the artwork for fantasy Puerto Rico and Washington DC "state" quarters, along with the controversial "Freedom Tower Silver Dollar" which was marketed by National Collectors Mint (NCM). He does not endorse the Freedom Tower coin.
- He designed the 2004, 2005, and 2006 Gold Pass ski medals for Colorado Ski Country USA.
- His entry in the contest to design the 2006 annual Token and Medal Society (TAMS) medal was chosen as the winner and was used for the medal.
- Daniel Carr's entry in the contest to design the 2006 annual International Society of Silver Art Collectors (IASAC) medal was chosen as the winner.
In 2007, Daniel Carr acquired a surplus Denver Mint coin press and since restoring it he has operated Moonlight Mint, where he performs the entire minting process himself: inital concept design; 3-D digital sculpting; die engraving; die finishing; coin press maintenance and setup; stamping of tokens and medals; and post-strikig finishing (patina, etc.).
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