Don Everhart - US Mint Medallic Artist and Sculptor 2004 - 2017

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Don Everhart

Donald Nelson Everhart II (born August 19, 1949 in York, Pennsylvania) is an American coin and medal engraver-medalist, and sculptor who has worked for the private Franklin Mint, as a freelance designer, and since 2004 has worked for the United States Mint in Philadelphia. With over 1,000 models for coins and medals attributed to him as of 2008, he is still at the prime of his career creating the bas-relief models for these and similar sculptural objects. His coin designs are in the pockets of American citizens, and despite his late arrival to the series of the popular U.S. Statehood Quarters, he has designed and modeled three State's unique reverse designs, modeled three others, and six U.S. commemorative coins. His portrait of President William Clinton was chosen for Clinton's second term Inaugural Medal. Among his other medal creations are six Congressional Gold Medals for the U.S. Mint, seven Society of Medalists issues, twelve calendar medals, and other models for private medal makers, as well as cast art medals.

Coin Models for Mints

Everhart modeled coins of realm for foreign governments at the Franklin Mint for coin sets sold to collectors. Countries he did work for include Guyana, The Philippine Islands, Panama, Jamaica, The Netherlands Antilles, Papua New Guinea, Barbados, and Cook Islands.

For the United States Mint, (2004 – present), he created (designed and modeled) Statehood Quarter reverses for Nevada, Hawaii, New Mexico, and has modeled California, Montana and Idaho designed by other artists. Other circulating coins include the 2005 nickel obverse profile of Thomas Jefferson, the first new obverse design on the nickel in 67 years.

For the new U.S. Presidential Dollar series, beginning in 2007, he designed and modeled the Statue of Liberty reverse to appear on all issues. He designed and modeled John Quincy Adams, the sixth coin in the series, and modeled the fourth, a James Madison obverse. He designed and modeled Dolly Madison obverse for the First Spouse gold coin, 2007, Elizabeth Monroe obverse, 2008, and modeled the Martha Washington reverse.

U.S. commemorative coins he has designed or modeled include the obverse portrait of the Benjamin Franklin Founding Father silver dollar, 2006; Little Rock Central High School Desegregation silver dollar reverse, 2007; Jamestown 400th Anniversary silver dollar obverse, 2007; the Bald Eagle Silver Dollar obverse, 2008 the $5 Gold Bald Eagle reverse.

As a freelance commission he designed and modeled a series of 25 Marshall Islands coins for the British Royal Mint, 1990-91. Each coin bore a legendary World War II aircraft. He also modeled a commemorative coin for the Royal Norwegian Mint.

Medals of National Importance

Everhart's medallic portrait of President William Clinton was chosen over other artists portraits for Clinton's Second Inaugural Medal, 1997. Clinton himself choose Everhart's portrait over two other finalists’ models.

For the U.S. Mint he prepared six Congressional Medals. He designed and modeled both sides of the Michael E. Debakey Medal, 2007; and one side for each of the following, Norman Borlaug Medal, 2006, Byron Nelson Medal, 2006, Dali Lama Medal, 2006, and the Tuskegee Airman Medal, 2006. He modeled the reverse of the Jackie Robinson Gold Medal, 2003. As of May, 2019, he has designed parts of 37 Congressional Gold Medals.

He is one of only four sculptors who were asked to prepare more than one medal for the 70-year-old medal series, The Society of Medalists, all struck by Medallic Art Company. Everhart has done seven. His first, Dance of the Dolphins, Issue #106 for 1992, was followed by The Fossil Record, Issue #125, then a set of five – all dinosaurs in freeform shape, forming a series within a series.

Calendar and edals with Nature Themes

A favorite theme of Everhart's is nature. In the 1990s he choose natural themes to create a series of cast art medals: Chameleon (1991), Crocodile Rock (1993), Sprint Finish (1992) and Leapfrog (1993). Natural themes were also utilized in privately commissioned calendar medals such as Dance of the Dolphins (1984) and Sea Otters (1993). Medallic Art Company commissioned him for other calendar medals: Sea Life (1993), Jungle Life (1994), Mountain Life (1995), and Pond Life (1996). In addition he created seven calendar medals for the Franklin Mint.

His nature theme is best illustrated by the Hermit Crab Medal (1991) as part of the Brookgreen Gardens Membership Medal Series. It was the series' first non-round, freestanding medal.

In addition to the U.S. Mint, Medallic Art Company and Franklin Mint, his medallic creations of many themes and subjects have also been produced by Northwest Territorial Mint, Hamilton Mint, Medal Craft, Hoffman Mint, Royal British Mint and the Royal Norwegian Mint.

Everhart also made the Dance of the Dolphin, which has a 1984 calendar on the back. He is said to have a special connection to dolphins, which is why he made such a medallion.

Sculpture Work

For the Walt Disney Company he created many figurines of Disney characters in addition to giftware items for Lenox, Tiffany & Co, the Hamilton Collection, Bradford Exchange, Enesco, and Schmid. For Georgetown University he created a life size bulldog, the school mascot, a pair of bronze relief seals for the university's front gates, a relief plaque of basketball coach John Thompson, a portrait medal of the university's founder John Carroll, and 24 piece Sports Hall of Fame installation of bronze bas-relief plaques honoring great athletes from the school's past.

Awards

American Numismatic Association Sculptor of the Year, 1994. National Sculpture Society First Prize for Reliefs, Medals (SoM #106 Dance Dolphins) 1985. Krause Publications Coin Of The Year (COTY) finalists for U.S. Nevada Quarter, 2006; and Benjamin Franklin Founding Father Silver Dollar, 2006.


Design and Sculpting Credits as a US Mint Medallic Artist

The Secretary of the Treasury selected these designs for use on a coin or medal. The artist also executed the sculpts required to produce these coins and medals.

2018 World War I Centennial Silver Medals (Army) – reverse
2016 Presidential $1 Coins – Richard Nixon obverse
2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin – obverse
2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin – reverse
2015 Presidential $1 Coins – Harry S. Truman obverse
2015 Presidential $1 Coins – John F. Kennedy obverse
2015 March of Dimes Silver Dollar – reverse
2015 Jack Nicklaus Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2014 American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2014 Shimon Peres Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program – Silver obverse
2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program – Silver reverse
2014 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin™ Program – Great Sand Dunes National Park reverse
2014 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Great Sand Dunes National Park reverse
2013 Presidential $1 Coins – Woodrow Wilson obverse
2013 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial – reverse
2013 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Ellen Wilson reverse
2012 Raoul Wallenberg Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2012 Presidential $1 Coins – Chester Arthur obverse
2012 Presidential $1 Coins – Grover Cleveland (Term 1) obverse
2012 Presidential $1 Coins – Grover Cleveland (Term 2) obverse
2011 Presidential $1 Coins – Rutherford B. Hayes obverse
2011 Presidential $1 Coins – Ulysses. S. Grant obverse
2011 Presidential $1 Coins – Andrew Johnson obverse
2011 Montford Point Marines Congressional Gold Medal reverse
2010 Presidential $1 Coins – Millard Fillmore obverse
2010 Presidential $1 Coins – Abraham Lincoln obverse
2010 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Yellowstone National Park reverse
2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Silver Dollar – obverse
2010 Nisei Soldiers of World War II Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2009 Presidential $1 Coins – Zachary Taylor obverse
2009 Women Airforce Service Pilots Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2008 Arnold Palmer Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Ho-Chunk Nation reverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux obverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Pawnee Nation obverse
2008 50 State Quarters Program – New Mexico reverse
2008 50 State Quarters Program – Hawaii reverse
2008 Constantino Brumidi Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2008 Constantino Brumidi Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2008 Senator Edward William Brooke Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2007 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2007 Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2007 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Dolley Madison reverse
2007 Little Rock High School Commemorative Coin – Silver reverse
2007 Presidential $1 Coins – Statue of Liberty common – reverse
2006 50 State Quarters Program – Nevada reverse
2006 Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Coin – Founding Father Silver Dollar obverse
2006 Henry M. Paulsen Medal – reverse
2006 John Snow Medal – reverse
2006 Byron Nelson Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2006 Tuskegee Airmen Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2006 Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2006 Michael E. DeBakey, M.D. Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2005 Norman Borlaug Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2005 Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2005 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Congressional Gold Medal – obverse

Design Credits

The Secretary of the Treasury selected this design for use on a coin or medal.

2010 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Hot Springs National Park reverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Rosebud Sioux reverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe reverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Oglala Sioux Tribe reverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Comanche Nation reverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Choctaw Nation reverse
2007 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Crow Nation obverse
2007 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Crow Nation reverse
2007 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Meskwaki Nation reverse
2007 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Osage Nation reverse
2007 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Sioux reverse

Sculpting Credits

The artist executed the sculpts required to produce these coins and medals.

2018-2020 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin Program – reverse
2018 World War I Centennial Silver Medals (Army) – obverse
2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar – obverse
2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar – reverse
2018 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Cumberland Island National Seashore reverse
2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program – Gold obverse
2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver Dollar – reverse
2016 Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Program – Gold obverse
2015 U.S. Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program – Gold reverse
2015 High Relief Gold Coin and Silver Medal – reverse
2014 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Florence Harding reverse
2014 Doolittle Raiders Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2014 Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal – obverse
2013 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Edith Roosevelt reverse
2012 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Frances Cleveland (Term 1) obverse
2012 Star-Spangled Banner Commemorative Coin – Silver reverse
2011 United States Army Commemorative Coin – Silver reverse
2011 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Lucy Hayes obverse
2011 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Eliza Johnson obverse
2010 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Jane Pierce reverse
2009 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Julia Tyler obverse
2009 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Julia Tyler reverse
2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program – District of Columbia reverse
2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin – Professional Life in Illinois reverse
2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar – obverse
2009 New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal – reverse
2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin – Silver obverse
2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin – Gold reverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Hopi Tribe obverse
2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal – Yankton Sioux Tribe obverse
2008 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Andrew Jackson’s Liberty reverse
2008 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Elizabeth Monroe obverse
2007 President George W. Bush (Term 2) Medal – obverse
2007 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Dolley Madison obverse
2007 Presidential $1 Coins – James Madison obverse
2007 50 State Quarters Program – Montana reverse
2007 50 State Quarters Program – Idaho reverse
2007 Jamestown Commemorative Coin – Silver Dollar obverse
2006 American Eagle Platinum Coin – reverse
2006 San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative – Gold reverse
2006 San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative – Silver obverse
2006 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program – Martha Washington reverse
2005 50 State Quarters Program – California reverse
2005 Westward Journey Nickel Series™ – American Bison obverse
2005 Westward Journey Nickel Series™ – Ocean in View obverse
2003 Jackie Robinson Congressional Gold Medal – reverse

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