Friday, July 13, 2018

Money Museum receives donation from Sacagawea dollar coin designer

Posted By on Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 8:56 AM

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The Money Museum, the local, official museum of the American Numismatic Association, recently announced an exciting new donation to its collection.

Sculptor and Colorado College graduate Glenna Goodacre has given the museum a selection of items related to the Sacagawea dollar, for which she designed the obverse (the face side). The Sacagawea dollar was released in 2000 and produced until 2008.

Goodacre is a bronze sculptor of some renown, who has also contributed a large piece to the local Colorado Springs landscape. Her sculpture “Basket Dance” sits outside the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College today.

Among the items Goodacre has donated to the museum:
• One of three plaster-casts of the original Sacagawea design.
• A plaster cast of the final design.
• a test piece in bronze with a polished finish.
• Examples of the first coins struck by the U.S. Mint.
• “The Offering” – a small bronze statue showing Sacagawea looking up to the heavens while holding her dollar up and out in front of her.
• A plaster showing an alternate version of the Sacagawea design, requested by Secretary of the Treasury Robert E. Rubin, without Sacagawea’s baby Jean Baptiste on her back. Produced in 1998, it was much less popular than the design with the child.
• A terracotta rendition, used as a test piece to study the relief of the design.
• A large (7 ¾”) cast bronze of the final design.

Communications coordinator Amanda Miller says that there are no immediate plans to display these new items, but the museum is looking into future opportunities. In the meantime, the Money Museum's Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance is currently on display.

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