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Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
801 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20220


Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
Public Meeting
August 1, 2008
Baltimore Convention Center
1 Pratt Street, Baltimore MD, Room 316
In attendance:
John Alexander
Roger Burdette
Arthur Houghton
Rita Laws
Gary Marks
Rick Meier
Mitch Sanders (chair)
Donald Scarinci
Joe Winter
1. The chair called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.
2. The chair welcomed the audience to the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the
annual convention of the American Numismatic Association.
3. The chair introduced the members of the committee, and welcomed Roger Burdette to his
first CCAC meeting. Mr Burdette was appointed to the CCAC based on his special
qualifications in numismatics.
4. Kaarina Budow of the United States Mint presented proposed designs for the 2009 issue
of American Eagle Platinum coins. The designs considered are for the pieces issued for
collectors, in proof and uncirculated formats.
5. Beginning in 2009, the United States Mint will issue platinum coins as part of a six-year
series highlighting the core concepts of American democracy, expressed in the preamble
to the United States Constitution. The 2009 issue will feature the theme “to form a more
perfect union,” with designs based on a narrative prepared by John Roberts, Chief Justice
of the United States.
6. Mr Alexander, the CCAC member appointed based on special expertise in American
History, argued that because the phrase “a more perfect union” referred to the creation of
a unified and vigorous national government, only three designs were appropriate: the
fasces and interlocking circles of design 4, Liberty supporting a bridge on design 6, and
the arch and rising sun of design 8.
7. The remainder of the discussion centered on design 7, which many members considered
to be creative and modern in showing the diversity of America. There were also several
favorable comments about the classical artistry of designs 5 and 6.
8. Each member evaluated each design by assigning 0, 1, 2, or 3 points, with higher
numbers representing more favorable opinions. The design receiving the highest point

total is the committee’s recommendation. With nine members present and voting, the
maximum possible point total is 27.
9. The committee’s recommendation is design 7, which received 16 points. Complete point
totals were:
Design 1 – 0 points
Design 2 – 3 points
Design 3 – 0 points
Design 4 – 8 points
Design 5 – 10 points
Design 6 – 4 points
Design 7 – 16 points
Design 8 – 5 points
10. Ms Budow then presented proposed designs for a privy mark, to appear on the reverse of
platinum collector coins. The proposed privy mark will depict an eagle, in order to
satisfy the legal requirement that an eagle should appear on the coin’s reverse, and for
consistency with the brand identity of the American eagle series.
11. Ms Budow indicated that the size and placement of the privy mark were not yet
established, but would be determined as part of the manufacturing process.
12. The CCAC recommends privy mark C, which received eight votes. Mark A received one
13. The chair then announced that the CCAC Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2007 had been
released, and that Gary Marks and Rick Meier had been appointed to a committee tasked
with preparing the CCAC’s Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2008.
14. The chair and Mint Director Edmund Moy then recognized former member Bill Fivaz,
and departing member Rita Laws, for their contributions to the CCAC since their arrival
in 2004.
15. There being no further business, the chair adjourned the meeting at 10:25 P.M.