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.
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ABOUT THE DESIGN…
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SELECTED U.S. MINT OFFICIAL LAUNCH EVENTS
2020 America the Beautiful Quarters® – National Park of American Samoa’s Quarter Launch
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.
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 President Reagan’s portrait side of the coin, the artist was invited to participate in the ceremony.
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.
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.