The Annotated 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Design Candidates
from the CoinWeek news desk….
Michael White of the United States Mint Office of Corporate Communications forwarded CoinWeek an annotated list of candidate designs for the 2015 March of Dimes Commemorative Dollar.
This commemorative coin program was authorized by Public Law 112-209 and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 18, 2012.
The Act authorizes the production of up to 500,000 silver dollars commemorating the 75th anniversary of the March of Dimes and to celebrate “its distinguished record of generating Americans’ support to protect our children’s health.”
According to White, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the candidate designs last week. Today, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meets in Washington D.C. The CCAC will review the designs and forward their input to the Secretary of the Treasury, who ultimately will decide which design will be used for the coin.
March of Dimes Commemorative Design Candidates (Obverse)
MOD-O-01 – “depicts an adult hand holding the hand of an infant. The artist states that the baby represents the innocence and dependency of children and the hand represents the support provided by the March of Dimes.”
MOD-O-02 – depicts a healthy child, which is the March of Dimes’ goal for all children. The design represents the organization’s mission of preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.
MOD-O-03 – depicts a bundled newborn baby sleeping peacefully with the world in the background. The design symbolizes the March of Dimes’ current mission and future goal of full-term pregnancies and research of issues that threatens the health of babies.
MOD-O-04 – features a baby raised on its arms smiling, epitomizing the happy result of the March of Dimes’ work towards ending birth defects, premature births, and early childhood diseases. The baby playfully burrows one arm under a blanket, which symbolizes the cloak of protection offered by the organization’s funded research.
MOD-O-05 – depicts a mother admiring her healthy child, representing one of many success stories of the March of Dimes’ work.
MOD-O-06 – features a mother embracing her newborn baby who is sleeping contently. The artist chose to convey the strong intimate bond that exists between mother and child. The world is partially shown at the top of the design to indicate the global reach of the March of Dimes.
MOD-O-07 – depicts a stylized mother and child, representing hope and the countless families helped by the March of Dimes.
MOD-O-08 – inspired by the many success stories of the March of Dimes, this design is symbolic of a mother’s love.
MOD-O-09 – features the Roosevelt dime, Dr. Jonas Salk, and a dime board. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which is now called the March of Dimes; Dr. Salk discovered the anti-polio vaccine; and the dime board was used to collect contributions to the March of Dimes.
MOD-O-10 – depicts Dr. Jonas Salk in his research laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he developed techniques that lead to the polio vaccine.
MOD-O-11 – portrays Franklin D. Roosevelt in a wheelchair with the 1946 dime positioned as the wheel. A double RNA helix is seen in the field and a polio virus petri dish in the background. The design is symbolic of the President’s role in fighting infantile paralysis.
MOD-O-12 – portrays Franklin D. Roosevelt in a wheelchair with the 1946 dime positioned as the wheel. In the background Dr. Jonas Salk is seen extracting the anti-poliomyelitis vaccine from a vial and the double RNA helix. The design represents the strides that the March of Dimes has made in conquering birth defects.
MOD-O-13 – depicts Franklin D. Roosevelt in profile, a 1946 dime, and seen in a petri dish, Dr. Jonas Salk extracting the anti-poliomyelitis vaccine.
MOD-O-14 – features Dr. Jonas Salk extracting the anti-poliomyelitis vaccine, the double RNA helix, and several 1946 dimes.
MOD-O-15 – depicts a profile of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Jonas Salk.
MOD-O-16 – features a modern child and a 1950s wheelchair, representing the March of Dimes’ past and future.
MOD-O-17 – features the silhouette of a child on crutches and the 1952 dime. The 1952 dime represents the year that the anti-poliomyelitis vaccine was first tested.
MOD-O-18 – features an allegorical depiction of a mother and child, symbolic of individuals and families assisted by the March of Dimes.
MOD-O-19 – features the single helix RNA strand, framing the Roosevelt dime.
MOD-O-20 – depicts a portion of the Roosevelt dime slipped into the pocket of the March of Dimes’ donation board.
MOD-O-21 – features a 1938 Mercury dime overlapped by a present-day Roosevelt dime, representing the founder of the organization and the date it was founded.
MOD-O-22 – features the March of Dimes logo with a larger logo recessed in the background.
March of Dimes Commemorative Design Candidates (Reverse)
MOD-R-01 – represents the worldwide reach of the March of Dimes by depicting children and a globe in the background.
MOD-R-02 – features the March of Dimes logo.
MOD-R-03 – features a mother, child, and the March of Dimes logo.
MOD-R-04 – features a pregnant woman and the March of Dimes logo.
MOD-R-05 – depicts a mother holding her newborn baby and the March of Dimes logo. The overlapping curve beneath the mother’s arms is an abstract representation of a swaddling blanket.
MOD-R-06 – depicts a mother admiring her healthy child, representing one of many success stories of the March of Dimes’ work.
MOD-R-07 – inspired by the many success stories of the March of Dimes, this design is symbolic of a mother’s love.
MOD-R-08 – depicts a close-up of a mother cuddling her baby as she reflects on the positive impact the March of Dimes had in their life.
MOD-R-09 – depicts a healthy child, which is the March of Dimes’ goal for all children. The design represents the organization’s mission of preventing premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality.
MOD-R-10 – this design symbolically honors Dr. Jonas Salk’s perseverance and dedication in developing the anti-poliomyelitis vaccine and the March of Dimes’ tireless healthy baby research and funding efforts. It features hands cradling a healthy newborn infant.
MOD-R-11 – this design represents a healthy baby whose future is free of polio and other diseases, thanks in part to contributions to the March of Dimes, which funded the research. It features a baby sleeping peacefully in the hand of its parent.
MOD-R-12 – features the Roosevelt dime, an empty wheelchair, and a child’s unused crutches, symbolizing the milestone reached in the prevention of polio.
MOD-R-13 – features Dr. Jonas Salk, discoverer of the polio vaccine; a dime board, used to collect contributions; and a 1946 Roosevelt dime.
MOD-R-14 – depicts the profile of a vintage microscope similar to the one used when the first successful inactivated polio vaccine was developed by Dr. Jonas Salk, juxtaposed against a graphic interpretation of the polio virus as seen under the microscope. The design symbolizes the history of the March of Dimes, whose original mission was to find a cure for polio.
MOD-R-15 – features a modern coin collector putting the 1946 Roosevelt dime into a coin holder.
MOD-R-16 – features two fingers and a thumb grasping the edge of a 1946 Roosevelt dime to place it in a March of Dimes donation card. To the right is a pair of empty children’s polio braces. The large size of the fingers and card slot symbolize the power of thousands who gave their pocket change to a good cause. The empty leg braces celebrate the victory over polio.
MOD-R-17 – features a Roosevelt dime surrounded by laurel leaves.
MOD-R-18 – features a nurse and Dr. Jonas Salk giving the anti-poliomyelitis vaccine to a child.
Crow Tribe Code Talker Recognition Gold Medal
In addition, the CCAC will also review design candidates for the upcoming Crow Tribe Code Talker Recognition Gold Medal. The Medal is part of a series of Congressional Medals commemorating the service of Native American Code Talkers during World Wars I and II. Each recognized tribe receives a gold medal, while serving tribe members or their surviving family members receive a silver version. Bronze medals are struck and offered for sale by the U.S. Mint.
On May 15, the CFA selected these two designs. The obverse motif is a variant of the Army Air Corps Wings insignia. The reverse depicts elements from the Crow Tribe Seal.