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26 Feb 2022

How Laura Gardin Fraser Won the Washington Quarter Design in 1932

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I was researching Great Depression Era Coinage for a article that I was doing for the YN literary contest and stumbled across a story worth sharing. Today I will talk about how Laura Gardin Fraser won the Washington Quarter deign contest, how John Flanagan's design got minted instead, and how she got her well deserved deign back on the 2022 quarter!


First we will have to go way back to 1932 when Gardin Fraser won the design for the Washington half dollar in 1932. The mint then decided to make it the quarter because they weren't minting many half dollars so they shrunk her design to fir a quarter. The people who held the competition to win the design were the Washington Bicentennial committee where Gardin Fraser's design won. They sent it to the treasury where the current Treasury Secretary Andrew W. Mellon disagreed with it and said that the treasury never approved the design. He held his own competition and personally selected John Flanagan's design. Flanagan's quarter design persisted until 2022.


In late 2021 they decided to switch the obverse design to something different. They picked out 11 different submissions with Washington on them. They sent the designs to thethe Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC)and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) to pick the final design. Laura Gardin Fraser's deign won and you can now find her new obverse design in circulation!


It's a very interesting story and I feel that Gardin Fraser's design should've won in the first contest fair and square not hand picked by the Treasury Secretary who didn't like this design. All the other submitted designs were nice too and I will put up some pictures of those. You may already know this story but for those who don't it is very fascinating and it was new to my ears!


Thanks for reading my blog and have a great day!


CheerioCoins



Comments

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 5

A wonderful artist who finally has her day to shine.

AC coin$

Level 6

It is wonderful that she got finally chosen as a designer. It is good to choose change and variety over old ways. Great story and blog. Thanks.

Long Beard

Level 5

Have not received any in change yet, can not wait since I like the intended original obverse design more.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Okay.

coinsbygary

Level 5

Excellent job on this story. I have done significant research on this topic myself. I think that Laura Gardin Fraser being a woman is a contributing factor in her Washington design being selected for the obverse of the American Women Quarters. Furthermore, being stiffed in 1932 and her being deceased like the reverse subjects didn't hurt either.

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah, thanks!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Thank you so much for the blog. I am a big fan of her artistry

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Yeah, your welcome!

Kepi

Level 6

Great blog! I really enjoyed reading this one. I learned something from you today ; ) I'm so glad that LGF's design won! Great photos too!

Longstrider

Level 6

Hey CheriosCoins . I did know that story but I sure enjoyed reading it again. Nice work. Good luck on your literary contest. P.S. I wonder what Mellon's pay off was? Wait, did I say that outload?

CheerioCoins

Level 5

Thanks! And yes, you did say that out loud. Did you mean to say outload or out loud?

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