Gilroy Roberts

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A half dollar obverse

Gilroy Roberts (March 11, 1905, Philadelphia – January 26, 1992 Havertown, Pennsylvania)[1] was an American sculptor. He served as the ninth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint from 1948 until 1964, and is perhaps most famous for designing the obverse of the Kennedy Half Dollar. At the Philadelphia Mint he was designing and engraving coins, and presidential and congressional medals.[2]

After he left the U.S. Mint in 1964 he worked for The Franklin Mint, a private foundation that was established in the same year.

Government offices
Preceded by Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint
Succeeded by


  1. ^ "Gilroy Roberts". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 25 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Gilroy Roberts Gallery". Community College of Philadelphia. Retrieved 25 October 2021.