Information about Joel Iskowitz

Joel Iskowitz (15 August 1946 - )

Joel Iskowitz is an American designer, book illustrator, print artist and stamp, coin and medal designer.

From an initial interest in medical illustration, this graphic artist has branched to other fields. He specialises in highly realistic art resulting from extensive research to make his designs as accurate as possible. His philatelic (stamp) designs, he once said, "must be super accurate and well documented, for if you get so much as an animal's tuft of fur out of place on a philatelic design you will hear from someone critical of your design".

Among his coin designs are the reverse of the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial penny (3rd of 4: Professional Life in Illinois), 2008 Arizona State Quarter, 2009 District of Columbia Quarter, and the 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coin. He is also one of the few designers (and the only American) to have designed an approved effigy of Queen Elizabeth II for use on British Commonwealth coinage.

In 2011 he was inducted into the Hunter College Hall of Fame.

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