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Thoughts On The Cent Shield Design?

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 Posted 04/06/2018  07:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Dislike.
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 Posted 04/06/2018  09:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add luvmyCAM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Boring, ugly, plain, unimaginative, stupid, corny, ridiculously unattractive. Why is the Mint so timid and reluctant to do anything to remedy an ugly coin? I would have loved seeing the wheat stalks brought back. To top my poor attitude PCGS slabs the old washboard reverse on the front of the holder.
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 Posted 04/06/2018  10:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add USSID18 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Boring, ugly, plain, unimaginative, stupid, corny, ridiculously unattractive. Why is the Mint so timid and reluctant to do anything to remedy an ugly coin? I would have loved seeing the wheat stalks brought back. To top my poor attitude PCGS slabs the old washboard reverse on the front of the holder.


I don't know all the details or how to articulate the process but it seems to me things went down hill fast when computer aided design entered the equation and the Chief Engraver exited the equation.
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 Posted 04/06/2018  10:59 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I would have loved seeing the wheat stalks brought back

They almost did.

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On April 16, 2009 the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) met and selected a design that showed 13 wheat sheaves bound together with a ring symbolizing American unity as one nation. Later this design was withdrawn because it was similar to coinage issued in Germany in the 1920s.

I thought that was funny. Who in the US was going to notice a vague similarity to a 1920s German coin?
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 Posted 04/06/2018  11:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bakeshady to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ugly and looks like a Roman/Gladiator shield which I don't see significance to USA, I very well could be missing something. My eyes aren't impressed either way.
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 Posted 04/06/2018  11:50 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Alpha2814 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Ugly and looks like a Roman/Gladiator shield which I don't see significance to USA...

A shield has been part of the Seal of the United States since nearly the beginning and appears in many US coin designs, including (at least in some types): Indian cent, 2 cent, Shield nickel, Seated Liberty (front and back) and Barber.

It's also on our passports and is the shape of the Interstate signs, while a more heraldic shield design is the shape of the US Route system signs. It has more history than it may appear, just not in the places you look very often or haven't noticed.
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 Posted 04/06/2018  11:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add USSID18 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Who in the US was going to notice a vague similarity to a 1920s German coin?


I don't know but if my grandfather who was in the D-Day invasion of Normandy was on the CFA board, he would have noticed.
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 Posted 04/06/2018  7:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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So it's self funded from Mint products (Commemoratives, mint sets, proof sets, etc..) they sell? They produce all our currency from the profits of these products?
Not just mint products, but seigniorage from minting circulation coins.
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 Posted 04/12/2018  6:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ljenkins990 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I really disliked it when I first saw it, but it's grown on me. It'll never "wow" me but I think it's OK now. I guess I just miss the Memorial reverse.
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 Posted 04/13/2018  12:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add solotime to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
LP-17 looks the best.

The one they picked is just boring.
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 Posted 04/15/2018  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add crazyforATB to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Love it, always have
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 Posted 04/15/2018  6:18 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Thehammer77 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Like it
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 Posted 05/28/2018  4:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SawtoothJack to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I just wish they'd make them out of a better combination of metals or finish, that weren't so easily prone to the black spots or whatever.
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 Posted 05/28/2018  5:57 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jpsned to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't care for it. It's too simple and lacking in imagination for my tastes.
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 Posted 05/29/2018  09:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
An important thing is to just don't look at the reverse.
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