CoinWeek Coin Designer’s Profile: Charles L. Vickers

Charles L. Vickers is a sculptor-engraver who worked for the United States Mint from 2003 through 2016, creating medals, coins and coin designs. His varied career began in the United States Army, where he served from 1957 through 1959 on a tour of duty with the 101st Airborne Division. Following his military service, Vickers studied at the Arts Students League and Frank Reikky School of Art, both in New York City.

He moved to Pennsylvania in 1976 to join the Franklin Mint in Philadelphia, where Vickers enjoyed a meteoric rise to the position of senior sculptor. He left the Franklin Mint in 1985 and established his own studio, a venture that provided many opportunities for Vickers, who established himself as a premier artist on the international level.

In 2001, Vickers was chosen to design President George W. Bush’s inaugural medal. This prominent commission and his impressive portfolio, which also includes the official christening medal for USS Ronald Reagan and the Pope John Paul II 25th Anniversary Medal, helped Vickers land his engraving role with the United States Mint in December 2003 at the age of 66.

Vickers retired from an active role at the Mint on March 31, 2016.

U.S. Mint Coin Credits

  • 2014 America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Arches National Park reverse (sculptor)
  • 2014 America the Beautiful Quarters Arches National Park reverse (sculptor)
  • 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Hawaii Volcanoes National Park reverse (designer and sculptor)
  • 2011 U.S. Army Commemorative Coin Clad Obverse (sculptor)
  • 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Glacier Park National Park reverse (sculptor)
  • 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollar obverse (sculptor)
  • 2010 Native American $1 Coin reverse (sculptor)
  • 2010 Presidential $1 Coin Franklin Pierce obverse (sculptor)
  • 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program American Samoa reverse (sculptor)
  • 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin Formative Years in Indiana reverse (designer and sculptor)
  • 2009 Presidential $1 Coin James K. Polk obverse (sculptor)
  • 2008 50 State Quarters Alaska reverse (sculptor)
  • 2008 American Eagle Platinum Coin reverse (sculptor)
  • 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Clad Reverse (sculptor)
  • 2007 50 State Quarters Washington reverse (sculptor)
  • 2007 Jamestown Commemorative Coin Silver Reverse (sculptor)
  • 2007 Little Rock High School Commemorative Coin Silver Obverse (sculptor)
  • 2007 Presidential $1 Coin John Adams obverse (sculptor)
  • 2006 50 State Quarters Nebraska reverse (sculptor)
  • 2006 San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative Gold Obverse (designer)
  • 2006 Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Coin Scientist reverse (designer and sculptor)
  • 2005 50 State Quarters Minnesota (sculptor)
  • 2005 Marine Corps 230th Anniversary Silver Dollar reverse (sculptor)

U.S. Mint Medal Credits

  • 2010 Nisei Soldiers of World War II obverse (sculptor)
  • 2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal Oneida Nation obverse (designer)
  • 2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal Yankton Sioux Tribe reverse (designer and sculptor)
  • 2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal Comanche Nation obverse (sculptor)
  • 2008 Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Gold Medal Santee Sioux Nation reverse (designer and sculptor)
  • 2003 Briggs vs. Elliott & Brown vs. Board of Education Congressional Gold Medal obverse (designer and sculptor)

U.S. Mint Coin & Medal Credits

  • 2015 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Bess Truman reverse (sculptor)
  • 2013 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Helen Taft reverse (sculptor)
  • 2013 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Ellen Wilson obverse (sculptor)
  • 2012 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Caroline Harrison reverse (sculptor)
  • 2011 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Julia Grant reverse (sculptor)
  • 2010 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Jane Pierce reverse (sculptor)
  • 2009 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Margaret Taylor obverse (sculptor)
  • 2009 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Anna Harrison reverse (sculptor)
  • 2008 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Elizabeth Monroe reverse (sculptor)
  • 2007 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program Thomas Jefferson’s Liberty reverse (designer and sculptor)

CoinWeek Coin Profiles: The Designs of Charles L. Vickers

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United States 2015 Bess Truman $10 Gold Coin

 

 

 


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