Citizens Coinage Advisory

The United States Mint has issued an advisory notifying the public and media that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will meet in Colorado Springs, CO, on Monday, June 28, 2010. Up for discussion includes topics relating to: 2010 Annual Report Coin design quality Commemorative coins programs for the next five calendar years (read about […]

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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 Committee (CCAC) by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Wastweet, a well-known sculptor and medallist, replaces former CCAC member Sherl Joseph Winter whose term expired last September. Both have an expertise in sculpture […]

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WASHINGTON – The United States Mint is seeking applicants for appointment to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). The term of one CCAC member will expire in March 2010. The new member would represent the interests of the general public. The application deadline is March 31, 2010. The United States Mint will review all applications […]

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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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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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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will meet Tuesday, Jan. 26, to review candidate designs for the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters, the United States Mint announced on Friday. The meeting is open to the public and news media. The US Mint is off to a quick start in providing the CCAC with 2011 designs. […]

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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 2010 First Spouse Gold Coins and Medals. The first 5 of the 56 America the Beautiful quarter design will commemorate Hot Springs National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand […]

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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 the committee position requiring "special qualifications in numismatics." According to a United States Mint statement, Burdette is:   A life-long numismatist who has written numerous articles and a series of three […]

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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will next meet at the upcoming American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money convention in Baltimore.  In addition to reviewing reverse designs for the 2009 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin, the CCAC has invited the public to share their views, opinions and suggestions in an open forum.   “Every […]

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The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) has set the time for its latest meeting to review 2009 Sacagawea Golden Dollar designs and edge letterings. The task of the CCAC is to review themes and design proposals for circulating coinage, commemorative coins, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals and other medals. In their latest public meeting on […]

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