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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

Numismatic Art Award Recognizes Somogyi’s Work (1989)

Numismatic Art Award Recognizes Somogyi’s Work (1989)

“If I were a sculptor …” – The Problem of Thor Bridge (THOR) Marika Somogyi accepts the Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture from ANA President Stephen R. Taylor during the banquet at the ANA’s 98th Anniversary Convention. [1989] This article first appeared in the November 1989 issue of The Numismatist “Medals should be… Continue Reading

Somogyi Designs Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

Somogyi Designs Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

“… But you’ll always find scratches round a keyhole.” – The Adventure of the Golden Pince Nez (GOLD) Reprinted from the November 18, 1987 issue of Coin World An art medal commemorating the centennial of the Sherlock Holmes character has been created by noted West Coast artist Marika Somogyi. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the fictional… Continue Reading

Somogyi Creates Sherlock Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

Somogyi Creates Sherlock Holmes Centennial Medal (1987)

“… But you’ll always find scratches round a keyhole.” – The Adventure of the Golden Pince Nez (GOLD) Reprinted from the December 1987 issue of The Numismatist In honor of the centennial of the introduction of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Marika Somogyi has added her name to the list of Sherlockian interpreters with an… Continue Reading