CCAC to Review 2017 Coin and Medal Designs

by on March 11, 2016 · 10 comments

CCACThe Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 15, to review coin designs and talk about themes for a possible series of WWI bronze medals.

The CCAC is tasked with advising the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs pertaining to all United States coins and medals.

Agenda topics up for review and comments include candidate designs for the:

  • 2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins;
  • 2017 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin (20th Anniversary); and
  • 2017 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin and Silver Medal.

In addition, the CCAC will discuss themes for a proposed series of bronze national medals to accompany the commemorative 2017 World War I Silver Dollars. Last week, the United States Mint opened its designed competition for the silver dollars.

Interested members of the public may attend the meeting at:

United States Mint Headquarters
801 9th St. NW
Conference Room A, 2nd floor
Washington, D.C. 20220

The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. (ET) and is scheduled to last until 3:30 p.m.

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Seth Riesling March 11, 2016 at 12:49 am

The CCAC at this meeting might have a visit by the first U.S. Mint Director since January 2011 since the U.S. Senate is holding a confirmation hearing on Obama’s current nominee for the position – Matthew Rhett Jeppson on the same day, Tuesday, March 15. Should be an interesting, busy day!


Seth Riesling March 12, 2016 at 9:55 am

The CCAC sure has a full agenda for its next meeting on Tuesday with many coin & medal design candidates! The Senate committee, if it approves Jeppson’s nomination by Obama would still need to go to the floor of the full Senate for a vote at some time, which usually follows the recommendation of the committee for such appointments. Obama may finally get for the first time in his two terms his own nominated & Senate-confirmed U.S. Mint Director in his last months in office. Talk about gridlock in the Congress! There has been no U.S. Mint Director since January 2011. Unbelievable for the largest Mint in the world!


jim March 12, 2016 at 12:31 pm

The evidence so far is that Jeppson would be a terrible choice for Director. I hope the Senate rejects this incompetent.

Seth Riesling March 12, 2016 at 5:15 pm

jim –

Obama’s first nominee was the head of Jaguar luxury car company Bibiana Boerio & she was fully qualified for the top position IMHO, but the Senate wouldn’t give her a committee hearing due to stubbornness. The fact that they are giving Jeppson a committee confirmation hearing looks like they want him in the position unfortunately. The full Senate still would have to vote on this, but it will probably just be a rubber stamp approval of the powerful committee decision. Jeppson was already in the U.S. government’s Senior Executive Service division at the Small Business Administration, so he is already a U.S. government insider. The good old boy system is alive & well in Washington D.C. as always!


jim March 13, 2016 at 11:26 am

I am aware. We can only hope that once Jeppson takes control officially he owns and acknowledges responsibility for the mint and begins to take some pride in the job and acts accordingly and not with the knee jerk blinders he’s been using so far.

Seth Riesling March 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm

jim –

I agree with your comments totally. I just wish it wasn’t for a 5-year appointment. They should go with a 2-year appointment with an option for 3 more years because once in office it is almost impossible to get rid of an underachieving presidential appointee confirmed by the Senate. Like with private sector jobs, there should be a review of results maybe after 2 years, then a decision to go forward or not – a strong incentive to perform well early on.


Chuck Swick March 13, 2016 at 3:28 pm

Wish it wasn’t too late for them to review the National Park silver coin coming out.
They should have put a picture of the men and women of the Park Service rather than the Flair dancer on the reverse side. What a mistake!

jim March 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

Where I worked employees had performance reviews annually. Problem was that one had to write the performance review themselves, submit it to their manager who then reviewed and commented in a formal face to face. I’m assuming that Treasury Sec Lew recommended Jeppson to Obama based on Jepp’s glowing report about the status of the Mint. Of course no mention about the screwups and mistakes made during that time so Lew is blissfully ignorant and we get stuck with Jeppson.
Like I said above hopefully Jeppson will take ownership of and responsibility for the position and make a difference rather than just sit by in caretaker mode for the duration.

Seth Riesling March 14, 2016 at 3:24 pm

jim –

I agree that the Treasury Secretary & the President probably have no idea about the true problems at the U.S. Mint (they are busy dealing with ISIS & other more important matters of course) But, I have heard that Mr. Lew was not too happy with Jeppson’s latest annual report for 2015 to Congress which showed a noticeable drop-off of active U.S. Mint customers on their mailing list of 1.5 million people. I bet Jeppson got at least one e-mail from someone in the Treasury Department on that statistic!


jim March 15, 2016 at 10:39 am

And yet the confirmation process continues…

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