Coin Designs by Daniel Carr.
These are good examples of the sculpting and rendering capabilities of the VS3D (Virtual Sculptor) CAD/CAM software.

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2003 Maine state quarter, 2001.

The Maine Arts Commission held a design competition for the Maine state quarter in May, 2001. The contest was open to full- and part-time Maine residents. I am not a Maine resident, but a friend and coworker of mine, Jim Pendleton, is from Maine. His parents, Leland and Carolyn Pendleton, have lived in Rockland for 40 years. The Pendletons provided me with suggestions and historical background, in addition to submitting the design I created.

Maine, #1

The first design I created featured a view of the Pemaquid Point light (as it appears today), with the "American Eagle" schooner.

Maine, #2

A few weeks after submitting my design, I was contacted by the Maine Arts Commission. They liked the design and they requested a few changes. Mainly, they wanted to show more of the rocky shoreline that Maine is famous for. They also suggested that I remove the causeway that connects the actual house to the tower. I was happy to make the requested changes. So rather that a "photographic" view of Pemaquid Point, the new design is more of an iconic rendition bringing different elements together. This is what I wanted to do the first time around, but I wasn't sure if it would be acceptable. This version is one of four designs that Maine Governor King sent to the US Mint for review. The US Mint revised all four of those designs. The Mint's revised drawing that was based upon my submission was selected by an internet vote as the design for the actual Maine state quarter.

Coin World article about the original four finalists.

The US Mint's version - Maine state quarter announcement.

Design Description:

A light tower (inspired by the Pemaquid Point Light 1) provides navigational bearing. A 3-mast schooner (inspired by the "Victory Chimes" 2) passes by the rocky shoreline. These elements represent Maine’s rich maritime history and they illustrate a few of the reasons why Maine is such a popular tourism destination.

A young Maine White Pine (the state tree) represents the important forestry industry. White pines are conical in shape when young, with broad spreading branches near the top when mature. They are known for their tall, straight trunks. Because of this, they were sought after by early ship builders for use as masts - such as the three proudly displayed by the schooner.


Of Maine's many lighthouses, the Pemaquid Light is one of the most photographed locations. First built in 1827 (and rebuilt in 1835), the Pemaquid Light was the first one in Maine to become automated (in 1935). It still functions as a navigational aid to this day.

The home port of the "Victory Chimes" schooner is Rockland, ME. Built in 1900, it has been sailing Maine waters since 1954. In 1997 it was officially designated as a National Historic Landmark. It was also recently designated one of the world’s top 200 yachts by a major boating magazine.


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