About this Commemorative
Commemorative silver Coin-shaped medallion in Recognition of the 100th Anniversary of Sgt. Henry Johnson’s Act of Valor in World War I
In March 2018, Ferris Coin Co. announced a nation-wide competition to design a silver round commemorative medal honoring African American World War I hero, Sgt. Henry Johnson to be struck on the 100th anniversary of his May 15, 1917 act of valor in the Forest of Argonne, France. The contest attracted submissions from across the U.S., including work by several artists whose designs appear on many coins produced by the U.S. Mint.
Entries were evaluated by an expert jury composed of esteemed professional artists and a representative of the 369th Veteran's Association. No identifying information was included in the submission materials presented to the jury. Though the jury was free to select any combination of obverse and reverse designs by any artists, the panel selected a single artist's designs fro both sides. They felt that artist Chris Costello best captured the spirit of Sgt. Henry Johnson's self-less sacrifice for his country and for his fellow soldiers, and that his message best reflected the spirit of the annual Henry Johnson Day and Henry Johnson Award for Distinguished Community Service, awarded by the City of Albany, N.Y. in partnership with the 369th Veteran's Association Inc. Albany District. Ferris Coin Co. is donating 10 silver medals to the 369th for the annual award.
About The Artist
Chris Costello is a professional graphic designer, illustrator, typographer and Artistic Infusion Program Artist for The United States Mint. He has created illustrations and custom lettering for clients including Random House, Simon and Schuster, Oxford University Press and HarperCollins. His work consistently receives awards for design excellence and has been published in Graphic Design USA awards annuals.
Mr. Costello has created several original font designs and his popular font, Papyrus, is included with Apple and Microsoft operating systems. As a fine artist, he enjoys drawing and painting historic architecture, landscapes, portraits as well as sculpting in clay and plaster.
Since 2010, Chris has submitted drawings to over 45 United States Mint design programs and was awarded the honor of having his original artwork appear on 23 U.S. coins and medals including one Congressional Gold Medal.