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U.S. Coins Designed By Marika Somogyi

U.S. Coins Designed By Marika Somogyi

“If I were a sculptor …”

– The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR)

Marika Somogyi, the sculptor of the 1987 Sherlock Holmes medal, has created designs for two United States commemorative coins. The first was the obverse of the 1991 Mount Rushmore silver dollar. Her second design is the obverse of the 2001 United States Capitol Visitor Center silver dollar.

Let’s take a look at these two coins…..

1991 Mt Rushmore Dollar

The 1991 Mount Rushmore Silver Dollar was issued for the golden anniversary of the national monument. Surcharges raised from the commemorative coin program (half dollar, silver dollar and gold $5) went to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial Society and the US Treasury.

The obverse design of the silver dollar contains a view of Mount Rushmore. The mountainside carving by Gutzon Borglum features busts of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. At the bottom of the coin are two laurel wreaths with a ribbon containing the motto “In God We Trust”.  Somogyi’s design was modeled by Chester Young Martin. The reverse of the coin features a design by Frank Gasparro, a former Chief Engraver for the U.S. Mint. Gasparro designed the reverse of the Lincoln Memorial cents that circulated for 50 years, starting in 1959 and can still be found in pocket change today.

2,500,000 dollars were authorized to be struck. The Philadelphia Mint struck the uncirculated version and 133,139 coins were sold. The San Francisco Mint struck the proof versions and 738,419 coins were sold.

2001 Capitol Visitor Center $1Somogyi designed the obverse of the 2001 U.S. Capitol Visitor Center silver dollar, which features the original Capitol building of 1800 and the current Capitol of 2001. John Mercanti, then Chief Engraver at the U.S. Mint, modeled Somogyi’s design and also created the design for the coin’s reverse.

500,000 of the silver dollars were authorized and all were struck by the Philadelphia Mint. Only 35,380 of the uncirculated versions were sold, while the proof version sold 143,793 coins.

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins (with a Sherlockian angle)

2001 Capitol Visitor Center Coins (with a Sherlockian angle)

“… in spite of the efforts of the United States government …”  – The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips (FIVE) The United States Mint struck a three coin series (half dollar, silver dollar and gold $5) in 2001 to help raise funds for the construction of the United States Capitol Visitor Center, which had broken ground… Continue Reading

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

Three ACD Collection Coins Auctioned in January 2014

“Here was a case of ancient coins.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) One of our group’s earliest goals was to attempt to track down coins from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s personal coin collection. We were able to locate a price list that Manfra, Tordella & Brookes produced in 1968 of Doyle’s ancient… Continue Reading

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

Altamont’s Agents of Albany’s Lapel Pin

“I grudge Altamont nothing.” – His Last Bow (LAST)       On October 23, 1978, the group Altamont’s Agents was formed in Albany, New York, meeting at a pub that was named Holmes and Watson, Ltd. This group would go on to be recognized as a scion of the Baker Street Irregulars. In 1989,… Continue Reading

Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

Welcome IHOSE Episode #128 Listeners

“… difficulties caused by his own aversion to publicity.” – The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot (DEVI) We would like to take this opportunity to welcome those of you may have heard about us on Episode 128 of the I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere podcast. Your friendly editor was interviewed by Scott Monty and Burt Wolder… Continue Reading

ICYMI – The Red-Headed League

ICYMI – The Red-Headed League

“I would not have missed it for worlds.” – The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor (NOBL) Our story for this month is The Red-Headed League and we have already published our monthly features on this story – From Watson’s Tin Box, highlighting items from their collection of evidence boxes; Brad Keefauver’s The 17 Steps; and Frank Mentzel’s Data! Data!… Continue Reading