United States Coin and Medal Designs

Established in late 2003 by the Treasury Department’s United States Mint, the Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) contracts talented, professional American artists who represent diverse backgrounds and a variety of interests. These artists work with the Mint’s own medallic artists to create and submit new designs for United States coins and medals.

Since the program’s inception, Richard Masters has assisted the United States Mint as an AIP artist and is the only inaugural member remaining in the program who has continuously served in this capacity.

To date, the artist has been credited with 34 coin and medal designs.


All images of coins and medals below copyright © United States Mint. Used with permission.



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2017 America the Beautiful Quarters® – Iowa’s Effigy Mounds Quarter Launch

By invitation, Richard Masters attended a ceremony to celebrate the release of the 2017 Effigy Mounds quarter. The event took place in the Allamakee Community High School gymnasium in Waukon, Iowa, on February 7, 2017.

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2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar Coin Ceremony

On February 6, 2016, and in conjunction with the former president’s 105th birthday, the United States Mint unveiled designs for the Ronald Reagan Presidential dollar and the Nancy Reagan First Spouse gold in a ceremony held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. As the designer of Mr. Reagan’s portrait side of the coin, the artist was invited to participate in the ceremony.

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Native American Code Talkers Gold Medal Ceremony

On November 20, 2013, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate honored Native American code talkers in a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony held in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.  The medal – Congress’s highest expression of appreciation – was awarded in recognition of the valor and dedication of these code talkers as members of our Armed Forces during World War I and World War II.

As the designer of the obverse side for the Comanche Nation’s medal, Mr. Masters was invited to attend the ceremony to observe the long overdue recognition given to these American heroes and members of their family.

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Professor Muhammad Yunus Gold Medal Ceremony

On April 22, 2013, leaders of the U.S. House and Senate bestowed the Congressional Gold Medal award upon Professor and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus in recognition of his efforts to combat global poverty. As designer of the reverse side of the medal, Richard Masters was personally invited to attend this historic event held in the United States Capitol Rotunda.

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2006 Nebraska State Quarter launch

On April 7, 2006, U.S. Mint Acting Director David A. Lebryk, Treasury Assistant Secretary Sandra L. Pack, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman and First Lady Sally Ganem, launched the Nebraska quarter in a ceremony held at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska. The artist, his parents, and his son, Alan, attended the event.

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