John Mercanti

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John M. Mercanti
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John M. Mercanti, twelfth Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint.
Born (1943-04-27) April 27, 1943 (age 79)
EducationPennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia College of Art, Fleisher Art Memorial School
Known forSculpture

John M. Mercanti (born April 27, 1943)[1] is an American sculptor and engraver. He was the twelfth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint until his retirement in late 2010.


Mercanti was born in Philadelphia. There, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Philadelphia College of Art and the Fleisher Art Memorial School. He also served in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard for six years.[2]

In 1974, Mercanti joined the United States Mint as a sculptor-engraver after working as an illustrator.[3] On May 19, 2006, he was appointed Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint (also known as Supervisor of Design and Master Tooling Development Specialist).[4] The position had been officially vacant for 15 years following the retirement of Elizabeth Jones, the Mint's eleventh Chief Engraver, in 1991.

In June 2011, Mercanti became a paid spokesperson for Goldline International and appeared in a television commercial for the company.[5]

In 2021, Mercanti was named one of Coin World's Most Influential People in Numismatics (1960-2020).[6]


$1 Silver Coin 1983 P commemorating the Los Angeles Olympics 1984. Medallists were the Chief Engraver of the US Mint, Elizabeth Jones and John M. Mercanti

Mercanti has produced more coin and medal designs than any employee in United States Mint history (more than 100 as of 2006).[4] Among these are the 1984 Olympic gold ten-dollar coin, the 1986 Statue of Liberty dollar coin, the 1989 Congress Bicentennial gold five-dollar coin, the obverse of the 1990 Eisenhower Centennial silver dollar, the obverse of the 1991 Mount Rushmore five-dollar coin, the obverse of the 1991 Korean War Memorial silver dollar, and the obverse of the 2005 John Marshall commemorative dollar.[2] In addition to designing and sculpting a number of Congressional Gold Medals, Mercanti worked on quarters for the states of Arkansas, Iowa, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia for the 50 State Quarters Program.


  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who on the Web
  2. ^ a b "United States Mint Sculptors and Engravers: John M. Mercanti". United States Mint. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  3. ^ Serdyukova, Anastasia (January 19, 2007). "Money Maker: John Mercanti 63, Senior Engraver, U.S. Mint, Philadelphia". Fortune Magazine (December 25, 2006) via Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "John Mercanti Elevated to Head of U.S. Mint Engraving Department". The E-Sylum. Numismatic Bibliomania Society. May 28, 2006. Retrieved January 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "Retired U.S. Mint Chief Engraver to be Spokesperson". Goldline International. June 28, 2011. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  6. ^ Coin World: Celebrating 60-The Most Influential People in Numosmatics 1960-2020. Amos Media (Coin World). 2021. p. 121.
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