Jim Licaretz graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia and first worked for the United States Mint as a sculptor-engraver from 1986-1989. In 1989, he left the Mint to work as a sculptor for the Franklin Mint. He also served as a master sculptor for toymaker Mattel, Inc.
In 2006, he returned to the Mint and now serves as a medallic sculptor, with more than 10 executed coin designs to his credit. He is a former president of the American Medallic Sculpture Association (AMSA) and is a member of the National Sculpture Society and the Federation International de le Medaille.
In 2008, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) named Licaretz the winner of the Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture (NAAEMS). Licaretz was presented the award on August 2, 2008 at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Baltimore, Maryland.
- 2008 Bald Eagle Proof Silver Dollar Coin Reverse
- 2008 Andrew Jackson Presidential Dollar Coin Obverse
- 2015 America the Beautiful Homestead National Park Quarter Reverse
- 2016 America the Beautiful Shawnee National Forest Quarter Reverse
CoinWeek Coin Profiles: The Designs of Jim Licaretz