I autographed the first 2000 of these a month or two ago. These are silver proof quarters and are a limited mintage. The PCGS sent me a couple in the mail. I’m not sure where these will be available or what they will cost, but when I find out I will give an update! Here’s the press release:
U.S. Mint AIP Designer Gary Whitley signs exclusive PCGS signature label deal
(Santa Ana, California) — Gary Whitley, Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) designer from the United States Mint, has signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Whitley is best known for his work on the circulating America The Beautiful quarters. Amongst the 15 coins and medals, Whitley designed for his initials, G.W., appear on the First Spouse Eliza Johnson reverse and the El Yunque 2012 release.
“We welcome Gary Whitley to PCGS — it’s exciting to offer a new signature label from a United States Mint designer with a circulating issue to his name. The signature series gives collectors a chance to acquire a unique product signed by those behind the coins we love,” said PCGS President Brett Charville.
Gary Whitley was an AIP designer for the U.S. Mint from 2010 to 2014, and his artwork is installed at the U.S. Army Heritage Center, the Muhammad Ali Center, the National Steinbeck Center, the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and several other historic sites across the USA.
Gary Whitley stated:
Working with the U.S. Mint was one of the most rewarding times in my career; I had a chance to work with some of the best sculptors and artists in the world. I’m happy to work with PCGS to offer an exclusive signature label adding some excitement to the coin hobby.