In the world of numismatic coins authenticity is key. As you would expect, verification is a very important aspect of coin trading, selling, buying, and collection. A buyer/seller/collector needs to make sure that the coin that they are dealing with is in fact the coin that they think it is, as well as get it graded for quality. One of the services that does that authentication is the PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service). Founded in 1985, PCGS’s seven founding dealers sought to standardize coin grading.
John Mercanti is a designer and sculptor who designed the reverse side of the coin. He served as the Chief Engraver of the United States Mint for 37 years until he retired in 2010. The well-known and famous engraver had designed hundreds of coins and medals during his time as Chief Engraver. His designs include the Congress Bicentennial Gold Coin (1989) – obverse side, Pennsylvania State Quarter (1999) – reverse side, Iowa State Quarter (2004) – reverse side, and many others. He left a lasting impact on the way coins are engraved in the modern day; he was one the first to use computer and art software to design coins.