About Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones was the last presidentially appointed and congressionally approved US Mint Chief Engraver. The first and only woman to hold that prestigious position, she served from 1981 to 1990, during which time some of the most important US modern coins were designed and released.

An accomplished sculptor and engraver, Elizabeth Jones studied at Vassar College, the Art Students League of New York and the Scuola dell’Arte della Medaglia of the Italian Mint. She received international acclaim early in her career for her portrait medallions, and in 1972 Jones was awarded the Numismatic Art Award for Excellence in Medallic Sculpture by the American Numismatic Association.

In 1981, President Reagan appointed Jones to be the 11th Chief Sculptor and Engraver of the US Mint, a position she held until 1990. As the first and only woman to hold this prestigious position, and the last presidentially appointed and congressionally approved Chief Engraver, Jones oversaw the introduction of the American Silver and Gold Eagles, as well as the resumption of the US Commemorative Coin Series after its nearly 30-year hiatus. Her tenure has had a lasting impact on collectors of modern coins.

In 1982, the US Mint launched the Modern Commemorative Coin Series with the George Washington Half Dollar, which Jones designed. Four years later, Jones directed the release of the popular American Silver and Gold Eagle programs. She also initiated a nationwide design competition for US commemorative coins and medals.

During her time as Chief Sculptor and Engraver, Jones also designed the 1983 Los Angeles Olympics Discus Thrower Silver Dollar, the 1986-W Statue of Liberty Gold Five Dollar and the 1988-W Seoul Summer Olympics Gold Five Dollar. Jones is a three-time winner of Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year Award.

Jones’ other work includes medals of Pope John Paul II, Washington National Cathedral Canon Charles Martin and, later, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Medal. Her medals and medallions have been exhibited by Tiffany and Company, the Fédération Internationale de la Médaille (FIDEM) and others.

NGC Signature Label

NGC offers a certification label individually hand-signed by Elizabeth Jones for eligible coins. The attractive NGC Signature Label offers a superb presentation for a number of groundbreaking coins. Signed by a historic US Mint Chief Engraver — the last to be presidentially appointed and congressionally approved — this label is ideal for any US modern coin collector.


Eligible Coins

1986–Date Silver Eagles
Launched under the supervision of Elizabeth Jones during her tenure as US Mint Chief Engraver.

1986–Date Gold Eagles
Introduction overseen by Elizabeth Jones.

1982 George Washington Silver Half Dollars
Designed by Elizabeth Jones, these coins started the US Modern Commemorative Series. Winner of Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year Award in the categories of Most Historically Significant Coin and Most Popular Coin.

1983 Los Angeles Summer Olympics Discus Thrower Silver Dollars
Designed by Elizabeth Jones. Winner of Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year Award in the categories of Best Crown Coin and Most Popular Coin.

1986-W Statue of Liberty Gold Five Dollars
Designed by Elizabeth Jones, this was the first five-dollar gold piece to be minted by the United States since 1929. Winner of Krause Publications’ Coin of the Year Award in the category of Most Popular Coin.

1988-W Seoul Summer Olympics Gold Five Dollars
Designed by Elizabeth Jones.

2001-W US Capitol Visitor Center Gold Five Dollars
Designed by Elizabeth Jones.

1981 Ronald Reagan Presidential Medal
Designed by Elizabeth Jones.


NGC Submission Instructions

To submit coins for the NGC Elizabeth Jones Signature Label use the Early Bird tier or higher.

Write “Elizabeth Jones Signature Label” on the submission form.

Coins submitted for this special label must be on a separate submission form.


The NGC Elizabeth Jones Signature Label is available only while supplies last. Quantities are limited and submissions will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. ReHolders are not eligible.

NGC cannot accept submissions for the NGC Elizabeth Jones Signature Label at trade shows.

Dealers should contact Scott Heller at sheller@NGCcoin.com for bulk submissions.

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