November 2013 Alumni Spotlight: Gayle Dunn and the W.Va. Commemorative Coin
Gayle Dunn ’03 is the Senior Graphic Designer at The Bronze Look in Princeton, W.Va. As part of the celebrations of West Virginia’s 150th year of statehood, she designed a commemorative coin exclusively for The Bronze Look customers. In a news release from The Bronze Look announcing the availability of the coin, Dunn says, “I’m really excited to have had the chance to design a historic coin celebrating this state. I'm very proud to be a native mountaineer. How often do you get this kind of opportunity? We have the best customers, so I wanted to design the best coin possible to represent our wonderful state.” The coin is made of one troy ounce of .999 pure silver and the design honors symbols unique to West Virginia. One side features the black bear and rhododendron with the state motto “Montani Semper Liberi” and the other side features a mythic female figure with 35 stars around the edge of the coin, which represents West Virginia being the 35th state to be added to the union. Only 1,863 coins were made, making them limited edition commodities.