Printable Catalog with
Mintage Statistics for Items Designed and Minted by Daniel Carr / Moonlight
Prototype Coins, Medals, & Tokens by Moonlight Mint & Daniel Carr
Items marked “N/A” or “SOLD OUT” are
not available. All mintage figures shown are final.
Mintages listed as “TBD” (To Be Decided) are not yet final, but the final total will be 500 or less.
In early 1998, an Apollo Astronaut coin proposed by Daniel Carr was considered by the US Mint and Congress as a possible design for a new circulating small-size dollar. Renderings of it were featured in numerous publications including Coin World (front pages - March 30, 1998 and April 13, 1998 issues).
Later in 1998 the Dollar Coin Design Advisory Committee (DCDAC) was convened in Philadelphia with the purpose of deciding what woman to portray on a new US "Golden" $1 circulating coin. Committee members included Mint Director Philip Diehl and Delaware Congressman Michael Castle. A Bessie Coleman concept was designed and presented to the committee in person by Daniel Carr. During the DCDAC deliberations, the Bessie Coleman proposal was in second place behind Sacagawea as the committee's choice. A photograph of the Bessie Coleman design was taken by an Associated Press (AP) photographer, and that picture was distributed to newspapers across the country. Many newspapers that ran stories about the DCDAC meeting also printed that photograph as the only visual record of the meeting.
In early 1999, the US Mint held a limited invitational design competition for the new Sacagawea "Golden" dollar coin. Although not initially invited, a concept designed by Daniel Carr was one of only two designs accepted from outside artists in the competition. The Eagle side of Daniel Carr’s Sacagawea concept was one of seven US Mint finalists in the competition for the “tails” side of the actual Sacagawea dollar coin. This design had evolved from his original Apollo Astronaut reverse concept.
Later in 1999, Daniel Carr was invited by the US Mint, along with 15 other Artists and 10 Mint staff, to submit designs for all five of the 2001 state quarters. Carr’s designs were eventually chosen and used for the actual New York and Rhode Island state quarters. The US Mint paid an honorarium to Mr. Carr for the two designs.
Daniel Carr has also participated in design contests for several other state quarters including:
Maine – Daniel Carr’s design was chosen by
the state of Maine for their quarter
and it was subsequently modified and used by the US Mint for the actual coin.
· California – A design by Daniel Carr was one of 20 finalists out of over 8,000 entries.
· Florida – A design by Daniel Carr was one of 10 finalists out of over 5,000 entries.
· Wisconsin – A design by Daniel Carr was, at one point, one of 13 finalists out of over 4,000 entries.
Colorado – A 10th Mountain
Division concept by Daniel Carr was chosen by the state
as one of five desired themes which were forwarded to the US Mint for review.
Daniel Carr has also designed the following:
· 2004, 2005, and 2006 Gold Pass medals for Colorado Ski Country USA.
· 2006 Token And Medal Society (TAMS) annual medal (1st place in the design contest).
· 2006 International Association of Silver Art Collectors (IASAC) annual silver medal (1st place in the design contest).
Daniel Carr was born in Denver in 1958, not far from the Denver Mint facility. In 1982 he received a B.S. degree in Engineering Design from the University of Colorado. He has worked extensively in the Computer Aided Design (CAD), computer graphics, image processing, and visual arts fields. He is currently using special techniques that he has pioneered for sculpting and engraving coin designs digitally in 3-D.
In late 2008, Daniel Carr began operations at the private Moonlight Mint, using a surplus US Denver Mint Grabener coin press.
For more information, visit these web sites:
Moonlight Mint home page, with pictures and history of the surplus Denver Mint coin press:
Daniel Carr’s shopping-cart web site where prototype coins, medals, and tokens can be purchased:
Daniel Carr’s company web site with details on the sculpting software he developed, along with coin images:
Mike Wallace’s Small-Dollars web site with information about dollar designs and prototypes by Daniel Carr and others: