Have you ever thought about how coins are produced? The United States Mint designs and produces coins. The U.S. Mint operates under the United States Department of Treasury; there are various sites around the U.S. such as the Denver Mint and Philadelphia Mint. A coin is first designed by drawing. After the design is approved, the design is sent to a U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver. The sculptor-engraver uses both traditional and digital tools to create a model of the coin.
John Mercanti is nothing less than a superstar in the coin world. Mercanti was born April 27, 1943, in Philadelphia and that is where his legend begins. Mercanti studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia College of Art and Fleisher Art Memorial School, where he gained experience in both sculpting and engraving. Shortly after graduating, Mercanti began his six-year service with the Pennsylvania National Guard. From there, Mercanti advanced into his career at the United States Mint.