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U.S. Coin Designer Series: Glenna Goodacre

It is not often that we get to say “the woman behind the coin design.” While women have had their fair share of breakthroughs in the numismatic business, it still is a predominantly male hobby. However, the work of this next artist speaks for itself as her decades of experience and works across the arts helped her design one of the most popular United States coins still in use today.

Glenna Goodacre

Born in Lubbock, Texas, in 1939, Glenna Goodacre grew up with an interest in the arts. Focusing on painting and sculpting, she would graduate from high school and attend Colorado College to further her education in the arts. She would also attend the Art Students League in New York to continue her studies. Early in her career, painting would be her focus and she became very successful as a painter. However, she would eventually settle into sculpting in the late 1960s as she entered her 30s. The next decades would see her continued growth and more