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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2004 state quarter designs.
I have submitted all of these designs to the individual states via friends, relatives, or organizations in those particular states.

2004 Michigan state quarter, 2002.

The state of Michigan conducted a design contest and a subsequent announcement stated that all five of the finalist designs featured the state outline. I'm not sure what the purpose of the contest was, since it appears that a state outline design was mandated from the start by Michigan Governor Engler. There was some discussion on the internet about a Michigan state quarter design "revolt". Several Michigan residents were unhappy with the state outline designs and pursued the possibility of convincing Michigan's new governor to overturn Governor Engler's choices. I received a couple of suggestions about my Michigan design. I incorporated them into my third version (#3 below).

Michigan #1

The Mackinac Bridge, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan.

The gear represents the important automotive and machine tool industries of Michigan.

The white pine (state tree) symbolizes Michigan's forestry industries.

Michigan #2

Same as above, but with the gear positioned along the outer rim.

The gear has 26 teeth, identifying Michigan as the 26th state.

Michigan #3

The Mackinac Bridge, connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, symbolizing one of many engineering innovations to come from Michigan.

The gear represents the important automotive and machine tool industries of Michigan. The 26 gear teeth identify Michigan as the 26th state.

The white pine (state tree) symbolizes Michigan's forestry industries.

The sailboat is representative of the many recreational opportunities in Michigan.

The concept automobile also symbolizes the engineering design and manufacturing industries in Michigan.

2004 Florida state quarter, 2002.

The state of Florida announced 10 finalists in their state quarter design contest. This design, submitted in conjunction with my sister-in-law Patricia Brown of Wesley Chapel, FL, was on the official list. It was ranked #5 out of 10. The review committee decided against a flamingo design, but decided to substitute a heron on my design. The modifications were performed by someone in the Florida state graphics department. The result of their modifications was not particularly attractive. When I learned that this had occurred, I created and submitted my own version with a heron. The 10 finalists were presented to Governor Bush. I am not sure which version of my design was presented (my version or the Florida state graphics department version). In any case, my design was not among the five that the Governor selected to send to the US Mint. Governor Bush selected the designs that were ranked #1 through #4. But he skipped over #5 (my design) and went with the #10 design (which shows a Marlin fish out of water and apparently strung between two palm trees). At least one design review committee member has since publicly stated her displeasure that the design #10 was even allowed to be among the 10 initial finalists. It appears that the submitter of design #10 has some political ties to Florida. The Governor has every right, of course, to choose what ever finalists he wants. I seriously doubt that the #10 design ever had any real chance of being chosen for the actual Florida quarter.

Florida #1

An everglades scene with a split above/below water view of an alligator, shiner fish, a flamingo, and a palm tree.

The sunrise identifies Florida as the "Sunshine State".

Florida #2

An everglades scene with a split above/below water view of an alligator, shiner fish, a Great White Heron, and a palm tree.

The sunrise identifies Florida as the "Sunshine State".

2004 Texas state quarter, 2002.

The state of Texas published five finalists and the final "winner" in their design contest. My design was not among the five finalists selected.

Texas #1

A large star in a circle, inspired by the Texas Ranger's badge.

A longhorn steer, an oil rig, the Alamo, the San Jacinto Monument, a spur, a cowboy hat, and an Apollo command module (a reference to the Johnson space center as ground control for all moon landings and the Apollo 13 rescue operation).

Texas #2

Same as #1, but with a Jalepeno pepper and a Lightning Whelk sea shell

Texas #3

Same as #1, but with an oak branch (left) and an olive branch (right), as seen on the Texas Ranger's badge and the state seal.

Texas #4

All the elements from #2 and #3 combined.

2004 Iowa state quarter, 2002.

In 2000, two Iowa state senators suggested an agricultural theme, possibly based upon the famous Iowa painting "American Gothic" by Grant Wood. I submitted this design with the help of the "Iowa Cornbelt Oliver Collector's Club". Iowa first chose "Beautiful Land" (a painting by Grant Wood) as the design for their quarter. The US Mint countered with a "feeding the world" design. And finally, Iowa settled on an image adapted from Grant Wood's painting "Arbor Day".

Iowa #1

A farm scene with a vintage Oliver tractor (once built in Iowa), a large oak tree (the state tree), and a farmhouse.

The farmhouse dormer window is inspired by the gothic-style window in Grant Wood's famous Iowa painting "American Gothic".

2004 Wisconsin state quarter, 2002.

When the state of Wisconsin announced the finalists in their design contest, Wisconsin residents were allowed to vote on the internet for their favorite six design themes (but not for specific designs). Although three "Old Abe" designs were shown for the Old Abe theme, my design did not make the final cut, and it did not receive an honorable mention. The Wisconsin Quarter Committee did recommend that the final design should carry the state motto "Forward" and 30 stars, just like my design. I recently learned that my design was, at one time, one of 13 finalists. Some committee members voiced objections to my design saying that it was "too professional in appearance". At that last review meeting, my design and three others were voted out, and 9 others supplied by committee members were voted in. One of those 9 designs was drawn by committee member Douglas W. Stener. His was the infamous (and exceedingly ugly) "ceiling fan" design (an aerial view of the Capitol building and it's four wings). In a recent Numismatic News article, it was reported that a "Douglas W. Stener of Janesville, WI" was arrested at the Numismatists of Wisconsin coin show after reportedly stealing $6000 worth of collectible paper money. The Wisconsin web page identifies one of the committee members as "Douglas W. Stener of Janesville, WI". They are, in fact, the same person. No "honorable mentions" were given to the four original finalists that were voted out at the last committee meeting to make room for nine more (but 18 other designs did receive honorable mentions).

Wisconsin #1

Old Abe was a legendary mascot of a Wisconsin civil war regiment. He accompanied his unit in battle, flying over the fields offering inspiration to the men. His likeness was later adopted for the insignia of the US 101st airborne division.

A shield was part of Old Abe's ceremonial perch with his unit. This design shows a shield with the state motto "Forward", 13 stripes (as on the US flag), and 30 stars identifying Wisconsin as the 30th state.

This one is probably my favorite of all the state quarter designs I've done so far. Too bad it was swept under the rug.


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