Who is Thomas S. Cleveland, American Coin Designer?

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2007 Platinum Eagle Reverse side designed by Thomas Cleveland. It reads: The United States of America 1 oz. .9995 Platinum $100

Thomas S. Cleveland is an American coin designer, illustrator, and fine artist. Cleveland holds design credit for 15 different U.S. Mint coins and medals. 

Cleveland, an Oklahoma native, majored in advertising and illustration and design, and minored in fine art painting at East Texas State University. In 2004, Cleveland was one of twelve artists selected from a pool of 250 applicants to serve in the United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program. The Artistic Infusion Program was started in 2004 with the purpose of developing new coin and medal designs. Cleveland served in the Artistic Infusion Program until 2014, at which time he was only one of three remaining original Master Designers in the program.

Cleveland is best known for his reverse design of the American Platinum Eagle coin. The design features an outstretched American bald eagle covered by a federal shield with the inscription "FREEDOM."

Recently, Cleveland signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS).

According to PCGS Vice President Mark Stephenson, "This signature deal will allow collectors to further enhance their modern U.S. coins with authentic hand signed insert labels by one of the U.S. Mint’s celebrated AIP Master Designers."

One of the more famous coins from the label is the new Defenders of Freedom coin. This 2018 Burnished Silver Eagle coin from the West Point Mint is highly valued for its Thomas Cleveland signature and a label that pays tribute to disabled veterans.

The full list of coins accredited to Cleveland is as follows:

2014 Florence Harding First Spouse Gold Coin Series, Obverse
2014 Florence Harding First Spouse Gold Coin Series, Reverse
2013 Meskwaki Nation Code Talker Congressional Gold Medal, Obverse
2013 Choctaw Nation Code Talker Congressional Gold Medal, Obverse
2013 Crow Creek Sioux Code Talker Congressional Gold Medal, Obverse
2013 Crow Creek Sioux Code Talker Congressional Gold Medal, Reverse
2011 Vicksburg Mississippi ATB Quarter, Reverse
2011 United States Army Half Dollar, Reverse
2010 Disabled American Veterans Silver Dollar, Reverse & Inscription
2010 Sacagawea Native American Dollar, Reverse
2009 Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin Series, Reverse
2008 Martin Van Buren First Spouse Gold Coin Series, Reverse
2007 The Platinum American Eagle, Reverse
2007 The Platinum American Eagle 10th Anniversary Set, Reverse
2007 Abigail Adams First Spouse Gold Coin, Reverse


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