Wednesday, February 24, 2021


CCAC to Discuss Commemorative Coins and Designs on June 28

The United States Mint has issued an advisory notifying the public and media that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will meet in Colorado...

Sculptor Heidi Wastweet Appointed to CCAC

Answering a call that went out in October of last year, Heidi Wastweet of Seattle Washington has been appointed to the Citizen's Coinage Advisory...

CCAC Applicant Opportunity

WASHINGTON - The United States Mint is seeking applicants for appointment to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The term of one CCAC member...

2011 America the Beautiful Quarter Designs, CCAC Reviews

America the Beautiful QuarterNext year's America the Beautiful Quarter design candidates have already been created and reviewed, although the final selections for this year's reverse designs are yet to be announced.

The 2011 quarters will release into circulation like the United States Mint favors, versus the accelerated time-frame the public will witness for 2010 quarters

The legislation approving the new park and site quarters was only signed into law by President George W. Bush on December 23, 2008. (Read about the recent coin forum where US Mint Director Moy discusses quarters.)

As a result, before this year's designs came to fruition, the US Mint had to first go through the process of actually creating the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, line up the 56 national park and other national sites to be honored, coordinate with the overseeing authority for each site, and get production and other Mint procedures ramped up -- all in span of a few months.

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America the Beautiful Quarters, CCAC Dropped the Ball… AGAIN!

Theodore RooseveltWhile catching up on the weekend's reading I came across an article Debate rages in coin world: Theodore Roosevelt or George Washington on new quarter? The article is about how the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee debated whether to recommend that Teddy Roosevelt be placed on the obverse of the new America the Beautiful Quarters.

Introduced in 1932, the Washington Quarter was intended to be issued as a one-time circulating commemorative to honor the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth. The quarter was born of controversy when Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon chose John Flanagan's depictions over what had been determined to be a more artistic version by Laura Gardin Fraser. Although Mellon was a collector of great fine art that was later donated to the National Gallery of Art, many knew he was a sexist and refused to consider that a woman's work was better than a man's.

As the Great Depression deepened, no quarters were struck in 1933. Toward the end of the year, US Mint director Nellie Tayloe Ross was asked by the Federal Reserve to produce more quarters for circulation. Rather than use a new design, Ross ask the Treasury Secretary William Woodin for permission to continue to use Fraser's design. Since Ross and Woodin did not want to undergo a new design competition, the Fraser designed continued until it was "updated" in 1999 for the 50 State Quarters Program.

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2011 America the Beautiful Quarters Designs Up for CCAC Review

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will meet Tuesday, Jan. 26, to review candidate designs for the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters, the United...

2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Candidate Designs

America the Beautiful Quarter ObverseAmerica the Beautiful Quarters kick off in 2010. During the next 11 years and at a rate of 5 per year, the reverse or tails side of each quarter will feature a design emblematic of a national park or site in each state, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories.

[Read about the US Mint's announcement of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.]

Nearly twenty art renderings were completed some months back as part of the process to select a final quarter-dollar design per location for next year.

Referred to as "candidate designs," these have also been submitted to the United States Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for review.

All of the 2010 candidates are below, with the favorites of both groups highlighted along with their comments.

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CCAC to Review America the Beautiful Quarters Designs

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET to review designs for the 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters and...

Theodore Roosevelt Depicted on Circulating Quarters in 2010?

Consider replacing George Washington's portrait on U.S. quarters with an image of Theodore Roosevelt, members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee ...

CCAC Announces Appointment of Roger W. Burdette, Seeks to Fill Open Position

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Jr., has selected Roger W. Burdette to serve a four-year term on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). Burdette fills...

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