Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2015.238.1
Dimensions: 1.75 in diameter
Dimensions (Metric): 4.445 cm diameter
Credit Line: Gift of BJ and Smokey Alford
Commemorative coin featuring a rendering of the Daniel Libeskind Freedom Tower design proposal, along with the date July 4, 2004 and the slogan “In God We Trust.” The reverse of the coin features a drawing of the original World Trade Center Twin Towers, along with the words “One Dollar” and “We Will Never Forget.”
Established in 2001 after the attacks, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) received $2.8 billion in federal funding to support plans for revitalizing downtown, including rebuilding the World Trade Center site. The LMDC held hundreds of public hearings and consulted with the 9/11 community as plans for the site developed. In 2003, through a process led by New York Governor George Pataki and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the LMDC selected Studio Daniel Libeskind to create a master plan for the new World Trade Center.
Libeskind’s Memory Foundations site plan included a spiral of towersthe tallest rising 1,776 feetencircling a memorial that preserved the towers’ footprints. A portion of the foundation slurry wall would also remain. In 2003, an open competition for the memorial design received 5,201 entries from 63 countries. A jury selected Reflecting Absence, submitted by the architect Michael Arad and completed with Peter Walker Partners.