A Farewell to Mint Sculpt Engraver Charles Vickers

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A picture of Mint Engraver Charles Vickers with his signature.

Charles L. Vickers had a long and illustrious career in numismatic coins. After his service in the Army, Vickers attended the Art Students League, Frank Reilly School of Art, the Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts. 

In 1976, Vickers took his skills and knowledge and moved to Philadelphia to join the private Franklin Mint. In 1985, he started his own studio where he became world renown for his commissioned works. Some of these include the official medal of the Ronald Reagan Library, the Four Pillars of Freedom set in the Reagan Library, the Pope John Paul II 25th Anniversary medal and the 2001 George W. Bush inaugural medal just to name a few. 

By 2003, Vickers  became so well known that he joined the engraving team at the U.S. Mint. He is credited with the following coin designs listed below.

In 2016, Vickers retired from the Mint after a 13 year tenure. During this time, he began signing coins for NGC. Unfortunately, Charles Vicker's health has been in decline. He has recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and Dementia. As a result, Vickers is no longer capable of signing additional labels for NGC.. This makes any future coins that bare his name that much more special.  


Coin Design Credits

  • 2014 Arches National Park quarter dollar reverse (sculpt), America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coin Program
  • 2012 Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park quarter dollar reverse (design and sculpt), America the Beautiful Quarters Program
  • 2011 U.S. Army commemorative copper-nickel clad half dollar obverse (sculpt)
  • 2011 Glacier National Park quarter dollar reverse (sculpt), America the Beautiful Quarters Program
  • 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial silver dollar obverse (sculpt)
  • 2010 Native American dollar coin reverse (sculpt)
  • 2010 Franklin Pierce Presidential dollar obverse (sculpt)
  • 2009 American Samoa quarter dollar reverse (sculpt), District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program
  • 2009 Lincoln, Bicentennial, Formative Years in Indiana cent reverse (design and sculpt)
  • 2009 James K. Polk Presidential dollar obverse (sculpt)
  • 2008 Alaska quarter dollar reverse (sculpt), 50 State Quarters Program
  • 2008 American Eagle platinum coin reverse (sculpt)
  • 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative copper-nickel clad half dollar reverse (sculpt)
  • 2007 Washington quarter dollar reverse (sculpt), 50 State Quarters Program
  • 2007 Jamestown commemorative silver dollar reverse (sculpt)
  • 2007 Little Rock High School commemorative silver dollar obverse (sculpt)
  • 2007 John Adams Presidential dollar obverse (sculpt)
  • 2006 Nebraska quarter dollar reverse (sculpt), 50 State Quarters Program
  • 2006 San Francisco Old Mint commemorative gold half eagle obverse (design)
  • 2006 Benjamin Franklin commemorative silver dollar Scientist reverse (design and sculpt)
  • 2005 Minnesota quarter dollar reverse (sculpt), 50 State Quarters Program 
  • 2005 Marine Corps 230th Anniversary silver dollar reverse (sculpt)
Medal Design Credits
  • 2010 Nisei Soldiers of World War II obverse (sculpt)
  • 2008 Code Talkers Recognition congressional gold medal — Oneida Nation obverse (design)
  • 2008 Code Talkers Recognition congressional gold medal — Yankton Sioux Tribe reverse (design and sculpt)
  • 2008 Code Talkers Recognition congressional gold medal — Comanche Nation obverse (sculpt)
  • 2008 Code Talkers Recognition congressional gold medal — Santee Sioux Nation reverse (design and sculpt)
  • 2003 Briggs v. Elliott/Brown v. Board of Education congressional gold medal obverse (design and sculpt)
Coin & Medal Design Credits
  • 2013 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program — Helen Taft reverse (sculpt)
  • 2013 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program — Ellen Wilson obverse (sculpt)
  • 2012 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program — Caroline Harrison reverse (sculpt)
  • 2011 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program — Julia Grant reverse (sculpt)
  • 2010 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program — Jane Pierce reverse (sculpt)
  • 2009 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program — Margaret Taylor obverse (sculpt)
  • 2009 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program — Anna Harrison reverse (sculpt)
  • 2008 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program — Elizabeth Monroe reverse (sculpt)
  • 2007 First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Program — Thomas Jefferson’s Liberty reverse (design and sculpt)

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