In conversation with… Joe Menna


22 September 2021
Discover more about the work and career of Joseph Menna, the 14th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, in this interview brought to you by the team.

We recently chatted to Joe Menna to discuss his prestigious career, his work at the US Mint and his role as Chief Engraver, and take a look at the production and design process which sees artwork transform into beautifully engraved coins.

Joseph Menna became the 14th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint in February 2019. Menna joined the Mint in 2005, and has over three decades of professional experience and classical training. He was the first full-time digitally skilled artist hired by the U.S. Mint.

Menna was also instrumental in the development of the Mint’s first digitally sculpted coins and continues to distinguish himself as a leader in this constantly evolving craft.

The award-winning artist has designed and sculpted coins including:

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  • 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Medals (Marine Corps) – reverse
  • 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Medals (Air Service) – reverse
  • 2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program – Silver obverse
  • 2015 Presidential $1 Coins – Dwight D. Eisenhower obverse
  • 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters® Program – Mount Rushmore National Park reverse 

With thanks to John Chu, US Mint.


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