Thomas D. Rogers

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Among the coins designed by Rogers is the original reverse of the U.S. dollar coin popularly known as the Sacagawea dollar. It depicts an eagle in flight.

Thomas D. Rogers, Sr. (born 1945) is a former sculptor-engraver with the United States Mint and designer of several U.S. coins, including the 2000–2008 reverse side of the United States Golden dollar coins, or Sacagawea dollars.[1] Rogers holds an A.A.S. degree with a major in commercial art. He joined the U.S. Mint in October 1991, working at the Philadelphia Mint facility, and retired in 2001.[2] As of 2003 he was residing in Long Beach, Washington,[3] and as of 2009 he was living and working in Oregon.[2] His design for the Sacagawea dollar was modified slightly before it went into circulation.[1]

Rogers designed the reverses of four of the State Quarters, including those for Maryland, Massachusetts and South Carolina.[3] He designed the original reverse of the American Platinum Eagle,[4] which was used on the proof version of that coin's first year (1997) and on non-proof Platinum Eagles of all dates,[1] and designed the reverses of two subsequent years of the proof version of the same coin, those of 1998 and 2001.[4]

Additionally, Rogers designed the obverses of the 1996 silver $1 coin commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institution[5] and the 2000 Library of Congress $10 coin,[6] and designed both sides of several other United States commemorative coins.[2]

Although retired from the U.S. Mint, Rogers has subsequently carried out some design work for the Mint as an independent artist under contract.[7] In 2014, Rogers designed the reverse of the 2016 Sacagawea dollar,[7][8] which honors Native American code talkers from World Wars I and II.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Yeoman, R. S. (2009). Bressett, Kenneth (ed.). The Official Red Book: A Guide Book of United States Coins (63rd Edition: 2010). Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.: Whitman Publishing. pp. 226–227, 346–348. ISBN 978-079482763-2.
  2. ^ a b c Roach, Steve (April 20, 2009). "Former U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver shares secrets at ANA". Coin World. Vol. 50 no. 2558. p. 100.
  3. ^ a b Hamilton, Don (August 19, 2003). "Flip a coin: Heads … or salmon? or beavers? Get ready to rumble as state gears up to design its new quarter". Portland Tribune. Portland, Oregon. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Schechter, Scott (April 9, 2018). "Revisiting platinum 'Vistas of Liberty': Platinum coins form five-year series". Coin World. Vol. 59 no. 3026. p. 32.
  5. ^ Heyman, J. Mechael (September 1996). "Smithsonian Perspectives - Coins from James Smithson's bequest created the Institution; on our anniversary, commemorative coins from the U.S. Mint will help it to continue". Smithsonian. Vol. 27 no. 6. p. 10.
  6. ^ "U.S. Mint Announces Library of Congress Commemorative Coins" (Press release). United States Mint. April 17, 2000. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  7. ^ a b Gilkes, Paul (February 15, 2016). "2016 Native American Dollar: U.S. Mint Launches Sales of Circulation-Quality Coins". Coin World. Vol. 57 no. 2914. p. 4.
  8. ^ a b United States Mint (August 29, 2014). "United States Mint Announces Designs for 2015 and 2016 Native American $1 Coins" (Press release). Retrieved February 14, 2016.