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2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens Coin

The 2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens coin, or to be more specific, the 2014 Tuvalu $1 Augustus Saint-Gaudens Silver Proof coin is going to be released next week at the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money (August 5-9). This is a coin and a show not to be missed.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

The 2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens coin, designed by ModernCoinMart (MCM) staff member Charles D. Daughtrey with the aim to be used as a mass-education tool, is expected to be a huge hit among collectors, especially considering that this highly limited edition coin has more than one first going for it. It is the first time that coin designer Augustus Saint-Gaudens is portrayed on a government-issued coin and also the first time that the ANA (American Numismatic Association) logo appears on a coin. It is also the first coin in a brand new coin series, namely Designers of America’s Coins, a coin series that is set to honor great coin designers of America’s coins or U.S. coins.

For those of you not familiar with Augustus Saint-Gaudens, he “…was an American sculptor of the Beaux-Arts generation who most embodied the ideals of the “American Renaissance” (Wikipedia). What sets him apart from other coin designers is that he mentored and trained notable U.S. coin artists such as Adolph Weinman (Mercury dime and Walking Liberty half dollar) and James Earle Fraser (Buffalo nickel), who in turn went on to train others.

$20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle Obverse

$20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle – Obverse

$20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle Reverse

$20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle – Reverse

Saint-Gaudens, in terms of U.S. coinage, for one designed the $20 Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle coin (see images above), deemed by many as one of the most beautiful American coins ever issued. It is called a “Double Eagle” because the $20 gold coin had no less than twice the value of a Gold Eagle. It is therefore only fitting that the reverse of the 2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens coin features a near-side profile pose of Mr. Saint-Gaudens with a Double Eagle coin craftily placed behind his head. In addition, the ANA logo is featured on his right shoulder as recognition for ANA’s assistance with the planning and promotion of the coin. It is also to acknowledge the fact that the coin will be released at the upcoming ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money. The obverse of this Tuvalu legal tender proof coin of one Australian dollar, which is being minted by The Perth Mint under the authority of the government of Tuvalu, features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who needs no introduction here.

2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens Coin reverse

2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens Coin – Reverse

2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens Coin obverse

2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens Coin – Obverse

Pricing

Precious metals collectors will most likely appreciate the fact that each coin is three nines fine (.999) and weigh 1 oz. troy of silver. However, it is important to understand that this is a highly limited commemorative silver proof coin issue of only 1,500 coins, not a silver bullion round that was mass-produced and which can be sold close to spot.

As MCM CEO and owner, John Maben, explains: “…I’ll just flat out say it won’t be cheap by any stretch. Among the costs were the metal, a huge production premium, big freight and insurance costs from Australia, Artwork and tooling, inner box, outer box, certificate, grading fees, our own marketing costs, and a hefty amount for use of ANA logo, royalty, and promotion to the ANA” (New Chuck coin?, MCF, John Maben).

Thus, pricing for all three coin options, which at a minimum comes with Original Government Packaging (OGP) and a hand-signed certificate of authenticity (CoA), should be considered in this light and were set as follow:

  • Proof Coin with OGP: $119

2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens coin OGP

  • NGC PF69 Ultra Cameo, “CHICAGO ANA RELEASES” + Special Saint-Gaudens label: $119
  • NGC PF70 Ultra Cameo, “CHICAGO ANA RELEASES” + Special Saint-Gaudens label: $149

2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens Coin NGC PF70 Reverse

2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens Coin NGC PF70 – Reverse

2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens Coin NGC PF70 Obverse

2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens Coin NGC PF70 – Obverse

Discount

Good news is that attendees of the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money will receive a $20 discount off the prices quoted above.

According to ModernCoinMart (MCM) this will be limited to “ONE discount per option per customer”. In addition, attendees have the option to enjoy a $2.00 discount off the non-ANA member daily show rate of $6.00. This is provided that they print and present the printable coupon that can be obtained from the World’s Fair of Money website.

Bonus

It should also be noted that any member of the ModernCoinMart (MCM) community board, dubbed MCF accessible from the MCM website or via the ModernCoins.com domain, who meets the criteria and wishes to enjoy the same discount as attendees of the show, may do so after the show is over. Be sure to pay a visit to this page for more information.

It is too late to sign up for MCF membership now in order to qualify for the mentioned discount. However, it certainly makes sense to sign up for MCF membership to be able to benefit from similar and better discounts in the future. It is completely FREE, has actual experts present when called upon and members frequently get the opportunity to enter contests, receive special deals (such as the above), etc. 

Availability

All three options of the coin will be available at the ANA 2014 Chicago World’s Fair of Money, where the coins will be first offered for sale.

No coins will be sold prior to the show and coins will only be available to non-attendees from around the 12th of August. Non-attendees, who sign up to be notified by email, will have the first option to buy these coins when it become available for sale at the ModernCoinMart (MCM) website. Non-attendees can sign up here for pre-order requests and/or to receive email notifications as soon as the coins become available for sale at the website.

Charles D. Daughtrey

Charles D. Daughtrey

Interview

I conclude this article with an interview I had with Charles D. Daughtrey, staff artist at ModernCoinMart (MCM) as well as photographer and numismatic author.

1. How does it feel to be the designer of the 2014 Tuvalu Augustus Saint-Gaudens coin?

As with any work I’ve published, I felt like I had accomplished something of educational value to others when I completed the design of this Saint-Gaudens coin.  The design is intended as a mass-education tool as much as it is a work of art, and I believe both purposes will be well served with this coin.

2. What inspired you to honor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in such a fitting manner? What inspires you the most of his life’s work?

My inspiration came from the fact that Augustus Saint-Gaudens is regarded as one of the most accomplished sculptors to create designs for our coins.  Although he did not design as many different coins as a number of other artists, his designs are probably the most remembered of all those on U.S. coins.  After having studied his work, no single piece inspires me more than his general ability to bring renaissance to what was then modern art.  His work looked old and new at the same time, which is what helped in creating so many timeless classics in his work.

Augustus Saint-Gaudens 1

Augustus Saint Gaudens – Limited Edition Print – Charles Daughtrey

3. Is the coin going to be part of an ongoing coin series? If yes, will you be the designer on the remaining coins in the series as well?

Current plans are to continue the series, although I cannot be certain of how many more will be done.  I have been selected as the designer of any future coins issued in this series or by this company (into the foreseeable future).

4. What were the biggest challenges you faced in the design of this coin?

I work on paper, trying to display relief in my designs that are to be turned into coins.  This is a completely different style of drawing than what one would consider ‘normal’ drawing where darks are shaded dark, and lights are shaded light.  In this case, high points in the finished relief are lighter, and low points are darker – regardless of the color or shade of the individual parts of the model from which I draw.

The most complicated part of the design, and the part where I had video chat conversations with the sculptor in Perth, was the area of the design where the back of the head in the effigy of the artist meets the small rendition of the double eagle coin.  I wanted them to overlap as a part of the design, and there was some misunderstanding at first how that was to happen.  We had a few conversations and design proposal rejections before that area of the design was settled.

5. I have noticed that you refuse sole credit for this work.  Did someone else help you design this piece?

This coin, as well as all the coin designs I have done (or will do), are a collaborative effort of a number of people.  Often the subject, elements, and inscription of the design are the idea of a group of key personnel here at MCM, and my job is to bring them to life on a small, circular canvas.  I am the artist and designer, but being that alone does not issue a coin.  There are many people involved in the process from concept to production.

John Maben, Hayden Tubbs, and Jay Rudo had important roles in bringing the concept to the point where it was ready to send to the mint.

Charles D. Daughtrey Coin Designer

6. What can we expect to see from the man Charles D. Daughtrey in the future? What would you like generations of the future to gain from your work as an artist?

At this point I have at least one other coin project in the works, as well as a couple of other designs that may or may not make it past the drawing board.  I am not at liberty to discuss the exact subject of any of my projects until they are ready to go to market.

As for drawings and other art – I have continued a series of the designers of American coins and am currently working on Anthony de Francisci, the Italian born designer of the Peace dollar.  When that series is complete, I will go forward with a series of art portraying the U.S. Mint facilities.  I am also a nature artist, currently working on a large oil painting of an alligator.

Titanic Colorized SetTitanic Colorized Set (Concept Work) – Charles Daughtrey

What I believe should stand out in my numismatic art – namely art of the designers of our coins — is that I try hard to portray as ‘famous artists’ those who have never been seen as important, historic figures themselves, hopefully giving them life to modern collectors.  Their work circulates in the billions, is collected by millions, and shapes the economy of the world, but their likenesses are rarely seen or considered ‘important.’  Many people know the likeness of people like Rembrandt, daVinci, and Rockwell, but until I came along, very few people had any idea what John Flanagan (designer of the Washington quarter) looked like.

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