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Buffalo $50 and other recycled 100 yr old designs

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Teddy Roosevelt got the best artists of his day to redesign our coins. Why not do it again?

I recently got my Buffalo $50 proofs. They're absolutely gorgeous. That said, I can't help but wonder why we keep seeing recycled designs. The Eagle bullion coins both have recycled obverse designs as well. Now, granted, the designs the Mint has chosen to reuse are some of the finest ever produced. I just wonder why they can't seem to muster the same type of artistic talent that Teddy Roosevelt got a century ago to produce these designs in the first place? Why not try this again rather than recycling old designs?

If they continue to recycle, I hope they also find a way to reuse Hermon MacNeil's Standing Liberty Quarter design. It's perhaps the best quarter design we've had, and the sculptor was from here in NYC (College Point, NY). There's even a small park named after Mr. MacNeil in College Point. Not many coin designers have that distinction!

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