Information about Laura Gardin Fraser

Laura Gardin Fraser (14 September 1889 - 13 August 1966)

Laura Gardin Fraser was an American sculptor and the wife of sculptor James Earle Fraser.

Laura Gardin studied under Fraser at the Art Students League of New York from 1910 to 1912. Alone or with her husband she designed a number of U.S. coins, notably the 1921 Alabama Centennial half dollar, the 1922 Grant Memorial half dollar, the 1925 Fort Vancouver Centennial half dollar, and the 1926 Oregon Trail Memorial half dollar.

In 1931 she was the winner of the competition to design a new quarter with George Washington on the obverse. Her winning design was ignored by the then-Treasury Secretary, Andrew Mellon, who selected a design by John Flanagan. Fraser's design was coined as a commemorative five-dollar gold piece in 1999. The design became the obverse for the American Women quarters series (2022 - 2025) that celebrates prominent American women. In 1924, she was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full Academician in 1931

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