Obama Medals, Palladium Eagles and Breast Cancer Coins Among CCAC Topics

by Mike Unser on June 7, 2016 · 5 comments

CCACThe Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting on Monday, June 27, to review medal and coin designs, discuss Palladium Eagles and elect jurors to judge designs for commemoratives that recognize the fight against breast cancer.

Details of the meeting were revealed in a memo published today on the Federal Register, the official source of notices by government agencies. Outlined agenda topics include:

  • Review and discussion of candidate designs for the President Obama Presidential Medals (Terms One and Two);
  • Discussion of future Palladium Eagle coin program;
  • Review and discussion of candidate designs for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Program; and
  • Election of jurors for the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Competition

Presidential Medals

The U.S. Mint has produced medals since the early days of the nation, and now sells bronze editions to the public.

Obverses of Presidential medals feature a portrait of the chief executive while reverses, most recently, have depicted the White House along with an excerpt from a presidential speech. (See photos of Ronald Reagan bronze medals.)

American Palladium Eagles

As directed by Congress in Public Law 111-303, the U.S. Mint will strike and sell bullion American Palladium Eagles. The law calls for $25 coins weighing one troy ounce in .9995 palladium.

Obverses will offer a likeness to Adolph A. Weinman’s Winged Liberty Head dime, similar to the obverse of the recently issued 2016 gold Mercury dime. Reverses will bear Weinman’s 1907 American Institute of Architects medal design.

The law also includes an option to strike numismatic Palladium Eagles, an area CCAC members are likely to discuss in more detail.

2018 Quarters

2018 marks the ninth year for the U.S. Mint’s series of America Beautiful Quarters, a program that commemorates national parks and other national sites throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Reverse designs for the five 2018 quarters must be emblematic of:

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan;
  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin;
  • Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota;
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia; and
  • Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island.

Usually at CCAC meetings, members review several candidate designs per quarter, offer their opinion on those they feel stand out, and then vote on their preferences.

Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coins

As directed by Congress in Public Law 114-148, the United States Mint in 2018 will produce and sell commemorative coins in recognition of the fight against breast cancer.

Numismatic editions will include $5 coins in pink gold, silver dollars and clad half-dollars. A judged competition will select the winning designs, with the jury including elected members from the CCAC and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA).

CCAC Meeting Location

The meeting takes place in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar. Interested members of the public may attend by going to:

Gaylord Hall in the Worner Center
Campus of Colorado College
902 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and should last until 9:00 p.m. Right after, the CCAC will hold a public forum to interact with coin collectors and the public.

About CCAC

The CCAC’s main mission is to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs relating to U.S. coins and medals.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard June 7, 2016 at 9:16 am

Recycling another good but very old design on a new bullion coin. This doesn’t show much imagination, but is in line with reusing the Buffalo nickel, the St. G. double eagle obverse, the Walker half, etc. Aren’t there any really good medalists who could be tapped today, or did American coinage peak between 1907 and 1916?

george glazener June 7, 2016 at 10:12 am

I’ve got an idea for what an obama medal should look like…

Silgold June 7, 2016 at 11:06 am

palladium price is so volatile . Make sure you know how to hedge it before u invest in Palladium bullion coin.

Seth Riesling June 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm

As I posted on this blog website over a month ago, the Mint has already sent out US government bids for obtaining palladium ingots on the open market & for private vendors to provide the palladium blank planchets for this new precious metal American Eagle palladium bullion coin. The original law allowing this new palladium coin program was passed in 2010 & signed by Obama & was updated last year by Congress & signed by Obama again. The Mint works slowly obviously!

Palladium is the only coinage precious metal that is down in price for the year so far. It will be a more affordable coin compared to the platinum & gold American Eagles. But, when the Mint took a survey of its 13 worldwide bullion coin Authorized Purchasers, they stated that their customers were lukewarm to the idea & the APs recommended against such a program. So much for listening to your most important distributors! But the updated law requires it now.

-NumisDudeTX

jim June 8, 2016 at 9:34 pm

Just because the APs felt there might not be a market for a palladium bullion coin doesn’t mean the mint has to make millions of them or doesn’t mean they shouldn’t make a collectors proof version. Palladium is a good tween metal more valuable than silver but still less than gold so more affordable than than the gold or platinum coins. And, we’ll finally have a mercury head coin large enough to actually see the obverse in detail.
I’m sure the mint management will mess up the quantity and distribution of the coins as usual but for those lucky enough to get one it will be a prized coin.

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