Susan Gamble was an artist and coin designer, whose work for the United States Mint spanned two-decades. Before her death in 2015, Gamble executed more than two-dozen successful coin and medal designs.

Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, Susan Gamble grew up in nearby Danville. She studied painting and graduated with a fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 1978. After college, Gamble learned graphic design, digital page layout and operated her own business. This afforded her the flexibility she needed as she and her husband, Air Force officer Michael Gamble, were frequently required to relocate across the country.

As an artist, Gamble celebrated America’s cultural history and natural beauty, including work for the National Park Foundation and portraits of presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. Her career as a coin designer began in 2004, when Gamble was selected to participate in the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program. In 2008, she won the Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program Award for Excellence in Design. Gamble would eventually hold the title of Master Designer.

Design Highlights:

  • Air Force Combat Action Medal (2007-current)
  • Jamestown 400th Anniversary $5 gold reverse (2007)
  • Jamestown 400th Anniversary silver dollar reverse (2007)
  • Washington State Quarter reverse (2007)
  • Martha Washington First Spouse $10 gold bullion coin and bronze medal reverse (2007)
  • Alaska State Quarter reverse (2008)
  • Oklahoma State Quarter reverse (2008)
  • Bald Eagle commemorative $5 gold and clad half dollar obverse (2008)
  • Louisa Adams First Spouse $10 gold bullion coin and bronze medal obverse (2008)
  • Louis Braille Bicentennial $5 gold obverse (2009)
  • Louis Braille Bicentennial silver dollar reverse (2009)
  • Lincoln Bicentennial cent reverse – “Presidency in D.C.” (2009)
  • Letitia Tyler First Spouse $10 gold bullion coin and bronze medal reverse (2009)
  • James K. Polk Presidential golden dollar obverse (2009)
  • American Platinum Eagle $100 bullion coin reverse – “A More Perfect Union” (2009)
  • Abigail Fillmore First Spouse $10 gold bullion coin and bronze medal reverse (2010)
  • Franklin Pierce Presidential golden dollar obverse (2010)
  • Olympic National Park America the Beautiful quarter and silver bullion coin reverse (2011)
  • U.S. Army commemorative silver dollar reverse (2011)
  • Lucy Hayes First Spouse $10 gold bullion coin and bronze medal obverse (2011)
  • Alice Paul First Spouse $10 gold bullion coin and bronze medal obverse (2012)
  • Denali National Park and Preserve America the Beautiful quarter and silver bullion coin reverse (2012)
  • Ida McKinley First Spouse $10 gold bullion coin and bronze medal obverse (2013)
  • Native American golden dollar reverse – “The Delaware Treaty” (2013)
  • Tlingit Tribe WWII Code Talkers Congressional Gold Medal obverse and reverse (2013)
  • America the Beautiful Quarter Program – Kisatchie National Forest (2015)

 

CoinWeek Coin Profiles: The Designs of Susan Gamble

2015

United States 2015 America the Beautiful Kisatchie National Forest Quarter

 

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