CCAC to Review New 2017-Dated Quarter Designs

by on February 9, 2016 · 6 comments

CCACThe Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a one-hour teleconference meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, to review new designs for two of the five 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters.

The CCAC advises the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs pertaining to United States coins and medals.

In October, the committee reviewed design candidates for all five 2017 quarters. Tuesday’s meeting will include discussions on old, re-worked and completely new designs.

Members were able to recommend quarter designs for the District of Columbia’s Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Missouri’s Ozark National Scenic Riverways, and Indiana’s George Rogers Clark National Historical Park. However, they wanted to see more design options for Iowa’s Effigy Mounds National Monument quarter and New Jersey’s Ellis Island National Monument quarter. Members will have that chance on Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EDT).

Interested members of the public may attend the meeting at:

United States Mint Headquarters
Eighth Floor Boardroom
801 Ninth St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

jim February 10, 2016 at 12:05 am

How nice of the CCAC to allow members of the public to attend their meeting in DC. That doesn’t mean poop to those of us who live further than a train ride away from DC – like Chicago and Los Angeles to name two. How parochial. How big a deal is it to arrange for a web based meeting where all of us can join in for a look see and maybe even participate in a public vote? Why even bother to invite the public when they know the public can’t come. Oh, wait a minute, that’s probably the plan all along – invite everybody who can’t come so nobody can complain about the CCAC not being open to the public.

Seth Riesling February 10, 2016 at 10:06 pm

jim –

Don’t feel left out. The CCAC meetings have always been open to the public since inception. In recent years their teleconference (since all CCAC members from around the USA cannot attend every meeting in Washington D.C. & they are not paid anything since this is a volunteer appointed group of applicants) is also open for anyone who wants to listen in to their debates/arguments & artistic egos. Just contact the phone number listed on the Mint’s website under “Pressroom” & call them & they will give you the teleconference phone number & access code to allow anyone to listen in by phone. By the way, this committee is basically impotent since the Mint pushes the designs they want on them & it is 100% up to the Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Jack Lew to pick any design he wants & does not have to even consider the vote of the CCAC or Commission of Fine Arts choices. He has at times picked a design that both CCAC & CFA members were adamantly against! Also, almost none of the members on either advisory panels are numismatists. I knew the late Diane Wolfe who was a very wealthy powerful young lady on the CFA coin design panel in the late 1980s & early 1990s & she told me she was shocked at how little members of the CFA & CCAC knew about the world of numismatics. Unfortunately she met a very early death due to complications of an elective cosmetic surgery ironically (Commission of Fine Arts member) & the numismatic hobby/industry/science lost a great voice for collectors.
The coin design process is no different than anything else in Washington D.C.- it isn’t what you know, it is who you know. I knew this from insiders there very early on when the CCAC was called the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee when it was originally formed in the 1980s. I knew a few members then & they had similar stories about the bureaucracy involved in getting good designs chosen. Sad but true. Sometimes we do get good designs, but rarely great designs unlike other world Mints that are run as corporations with a CEO & President & Mint Master & not constrained by a constitutional mandate like in the USA that Congress has all power over all coinage matters.

Have fun listening in on their messy deliberations that mean nothing in the end Jim. Not being pessimistic, but it is the case from my first-hand experience. I wish we had a better way of selecting our coin designs/topics. Maybe some day.


jim February 11, 2016 at 10:48 am

Thanks for the info. I commiserate with the futility of it all. But yes, maybe some day somebody will be struck with an inspiration that will transcend the banal and the mint will produce a coin that puts the US on the map again.

Seth Riesling February 11, 2016 at 4:14 pm

jim –

Amen brother! I honestly think the first step to better designs is to require the U.S. Mint Director (if we ever get a new one after 5 years without one) to be an experienced numismatist with a wide range of numismatic experience. Then let his or her team provide true leadership with that specialized knowledge. This may sound like a crazy idea, but I think the leader of the largest Mint in the world should be well versed in the tripartite numismatic hobby/industry/science! Like I have commented here before, the Mint does a few things very well but not most things & they have so much good potential.

Happy collecting jim!


RonnieBGood February 11, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Never any pessimism posted here.

Seth Riesling February 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm


To each his own of course, but I give credit to the U.S. Mint when they deserve it. But I refuse to be a 100% cheerleader for the U.S. Mint like some here. I have been a faithful U.S. Mint customer for 40 years & like anything else I expect great products priced fairly for my lifetime hobby. Is that too much to ask? Many other world Mints seem to have their act together & I spend a good amount with them too, especially the Royal Canadian Mint & Perth Mint Australia (Gold Corp.), the Royal Australian Mint & the Israel Government Coins & Medals Corporation. It is a free, competitive marketplace out there in numismatic land & the best always gets my attention, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde!

Happy Happy Joy Joy! Sing along RonnieBGood.


Leave a Comment