AMERICAN NUMISMATIC ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2000
CONTACT: Stephen L. Bobbitt
ANA HONORS THOMAS D. ROGERS SR. WITH MEDALLIC SCULPTURE AWARD
The American Numismatic Association (ANA) confers its
2000 Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture
in recognition of contributions to numismatic art.
This year's recipient is Thomas D. Rogers Sr., whose style
of carving directly in the negative mold - enabling him to achieve
intricate detail - has brought him great notoriety.
For nearly 20 years, Rogers worked in the private sector of
medallic sculpture, honing his skills and generating attention at the
Medallic Art Company and as a *** sculptor for a number of
private mints, including Presidential Art Medals, The Metal Arts
Co., Tri-State Mint, Johnson-Matthey and Medalcraft Mint.
Throughout this time, he produced a series of collector plates,
plaques and medallions. More than 90 of his portraits of inductees
hang in the Honors Court at the Naismith Memorial Basketball
Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Before joining the United States Mint as a sculptor/engraver
in 1991, Rogers' "Centurion" design was selected to appear on the
obverse of the ANA's 100th Anniversary medal.
After nearly a decade at the U.S. Mint, Rogers' work has
appeared on circulating and commemorative coins, as well as on a
number of Mint medals. Most notable today is Rogers' design for
the reverse of the Sacagawea "golden" dollar. His skills in
medallic sculpting also show on the reverse designs for the
Massachusetts, Maryland and South Carolina quarters issued this
year as part of the Mint's 50 State Quarters Program.
Among Rogers' design and sculpture credits for
commemorative coins issued by the Mint are the reverses for the
1992 Christopher Columbus Quincentenary $1 and $5, 1994
Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Women in Military $1, 1995
Special Olympics and 1996 Olympic Games $1, and $10 Library
of Congress; the obverses for the 1996 National Community
Service and Smithsonian Institution 150th Anniversary $1, 1998
Robert F. Kennedy $1, and 2000 Library of Congress $1; and the
obverse and reverse for the 1993 World War II 50th Anniversary
Among the many medals designed and sculpted for the Mint
by Rogers are the reverse for the 1992 U.S. Mint Bicentennial and
1998 Nelson Mandela medals; the obverse for the 1992 Persian
Gulf, 1992 Mint Director David Rider, 1993 Benjamin
Franklin/Firefighters, 1994 President William Clinton and 1999
Gerald and Betty Ford medals; and the obverse and reverse for the
1993 Secretary of Treasury Lloyd Bentsen medal.
In bestowing its award for excellence in medallic sculpture,
the American Numismatic Association presents an engraved,
14kt-gold medal graciously donated by the Franklin Mint and
expresses the sincere appreciation of its members.