Chris Costello, a graphic artist and illustrator was chosen as the winner of the first American Numismatic Association Auction Cover Design Competition. An independent panel composed of Kenneth Bressett, ANA past president, David Harper, Numismatic News Editor, Barbara Gregory, editor of The Numismatist, Mary Lannin, club president and numismatist, and Medallic Sculptor, Heidi Wastweet chose Costello’s composition, “Liberty Alive”, from over 130 designs submitted by more than 50 international artists from amateur young numismatists to professional artists.

Costello serves on the Board of Trustees for the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum and is a United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Artist. He is credited with 15 designs that appear on American coins and medals including the 2014 Tennessee ATB Quarter, the 2016 Mark Twain silver obverse and the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Congressional Gold Medal obverse.

“Chris was inspired by our 1983 Peter Max, ‘Lady Liberty’ ANA cover,” conveyed Don Kagin, president of Kagin’s Auctions who will be presenting Costello with the $5,000 first place prize at the first session of the ANA National Money Show Auction at 6PM on Thursday, March 9,2017 in room W240A at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“We are thrilled that Chris jumped at the opportunity to combine his interest in numismatics and his passion for art,” continued Kagin. “This is what we were attempting to achieve with this competition—to reach and include non-traditional numismatic markets such as the collectible auction and art world by demonstrating how imaginative, cutting-edge and fun numismatics can be.

When we received entries from around the world, we knew we had achieved our goal. Our second place winner is a young Italian graphic artist and coin designer, whose entry we are placing on our back cover.” An excited Kagin announced.

Sandra Deiana, is a 26 year old student at the School of Art of Medal Making, a unique program of the Italian Mint in Rome. She has won design competitions including a silver 10 euro proof coin celebrating the Irish Architect and Designer Eileen Gray—the first time Ireland has celebrated a woman on one of their coins.

Sandra is always motivated to seek new stimulating project competitions so when she heard about this design competition from the internet, she created the art work which now graces the back cover of our 2017 ANA National Money Show™ auction catalog.

For a FREE auction catalog and more information about the auction contact Nina@Kagins.com or call 888-8(KAGINS).