Perhaps the best image of an Eagle on a Coin I've ever seen ...

WingedLiberty1957WingedLiberty1957 Posts: 2,579 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited December 7, 2018 6:57PM in U.S. Coin Forum

This flying eagle seems to lift off the coin with a near 3D effect. The toning is pretty spectacular as well. Why can't the U.S.Mint produce coins like this anymore? This is more sculpture that belongs in an art gallery.


  • goldengolden Posts: 5,396 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice coin!

  • SmudgeSmudge Posts: 3,696 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very nice indeed.

  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 5,556 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Eagles! Always like the soaring eagles.

  • ms70ms70 Posts: 10,902 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @WingedLiberty1957 said:
    Why can't the U.S.Mint produce coins like this anymore?

    Probably because the people who have the final say have no clue.

  • kazkaz Posts: 6,849 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful example, WL. The wings look a lot like the classic FE cent wings, but the Eagle's body is much different, in fact I thought awkward, but I recall that is how a bird of prey looks just when it leaves its perch and the wings are pulling hard to gain some altitude. I think the old coin designers were keen observers of nature. I agree that the 3D effect is not seen much anymore and would greatly improve many modern designs.

  • Namvet69Namvet69 Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yup, bird of prey in flight is some special motion. Too bad mint engravers are not inspired by realistic depictions of creatures in nature. Blank exergues, gears and straight lines are lazyness. Peace Roy

  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 7,987 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The eagle on that pattern is....well, never mind. ;)

  • JBKJBK Posts: 4,827 ✭✭✭✭✭

    They call that BN (brown)? Looks BL (blue) to me. :*

    I also really like the original reverse to the Sacagewea dollar. It needed to be low relief in this age of "coinability" requirements, but it is outstanding especially considering the constraints.

  • AkbeezAkbeez Posts: 2,215 ✭✭✭✭

    Great post! Love all the wonderful images. Forgot about a few of those.

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  • crazyhounddogcrazyhounddog Posts: 10,300 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That’s a fine looking eagle your showing there. ;)

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  • BlindedByEgoBlindedByEgo Posts: 10,750 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is one beefy bird!

  • amwldcoinamwldcoin Posts: 5,505 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'll say it! While I like the coin the Eagle on it looks like a cross between a Turkey and a Buzzard!

    @RogerB said:
    The eagle on that pattern is....well, never mind. ;)

  • gripgrip Posts: 9,762 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I like it, broken neck and all.

  • gtstanggtstang Posts: 1,189 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Seriously a work of art there?

  • HemisphericalHemispherical Posts: 5,556 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Look at the design IN the mouth/beak. The spoon-like curved tongue. This is the first time I have seen that much detail. Thanks for the viewing!

  • EagleguyEagleguy Posts: 2,060 ✭✭✭✭

    I'm Eagleguy and I approve this post!

  • rickoricko Posts: 65,839 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The FE cent in the OP is certainly deserving of the grade.... Nice 3D effect. Eagles are magnificent birds...I see them often in this area...When I lived in WA state, I once saw a large quantity of them in a field... we watched them for almost an hour... the field had a lot of mice....Cheers, RickO

  • RogerBRogerB Posts: 7,987 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I suspect the field had a lot fewer mice after the eagle party. ;)

  • numbersmannumbersman Posts: 801 ✭✭✭✭

    Agreed! That flying eagle is other-worldly! If I may,U.S. paper has some beautiful eagles as well.Perhaps the most interesting example(although arguably not the most beautiful example) is the "jackass note" where the eagle, when flipped, resembles a donkey's head.

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  • topstuftopstuf Posts: 12,386 ✭✭✭✭✭

  • BarndogBarndog Posts: 20,083 ✭✭✭✭✭

    But blue!

    I’m partial to real eagles

  • AlexinPAAlexinPA Posts: 659 ✭✭✭✭

    Very nice.

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