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


Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
Public Meeting
August 10, 2007
Midwest Airlines Center, Room 102A
Milwaukee, WI 53203
In attendance:
John Alexander
Michael Brown
Bill Fivaz
Rita Laws
Rev. Richard Meier
Mitch Sanders (chair)
Donald Scarinci
Ken Thomasma (via telephone)
S. Joseph Winter (via telephone)
1. The chair called the meeting to order at approximately 9:15 AM.
2. The minutes of the committee’s May 15, 2007 meeting were unanimously
approved, with one additional sentence as suggested by Mr. Alexander.
3. The chair welcomed members of the numismatic community to the meeting,
which was held in conjunction with the annual convention of the American
Numismatic Association.
4. Cynthia Meals, Assistant Director of Internal Relations, Sales, and Marketing for
the United States Mint, presented proposed themes for the reverses of proof and
uncirculated American Eagle platinum coins made for collectors, starting in the
year 2009.
5. Ms. Meals presented three proposed themes, all of which explore and symbolize
the core concents of democracy in the United States:
a) Documents of Freedom (3 years): Declaration of Independence, United
States Constitution, Bill of Rights
b) United States Constitution Preamble (6 years): We the People, Establish
Justice, Insure Domestic Tranquility, Provide for Common Defense,
Promote the General Welfare, Secure the Blessings of Liberty to
Ourselves and Our Posterity

c) Declaration of Independence (3 years): All Men Are Created Equal,
“Unalienable” Rights, Consent of the Governed
6. Ms. Meals also indicated that the Mint was considering including a small “privy
mark” in the shape of an eagle, to maintain the identity of the series – “American
Eagle” – even if the coin’s design did not portray an eagle as the major design
7. The committee voted 9-0 to endorse the “United States Constitution Preamble”
theme. Members considered that proposed theme to be most amenable to creative
coin design, and felt that six years was an appropriate length of time for this series
of coins.
8. The committee then turned to a review of proposed narratives for the 2008-2009
issues of the First Spouse program. Under this program, the United States Mint
will design and issue $10 gold coins emblematic of the spouse of each President,
along with bronze duplicates. An image of the First Spouse will appear on the
obverse, with a reverse depicting an image emblematic of the First Spouse’s life
and work. The subjects in 2009 will be: Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler, Julia
Tyler, Sarah Polk, and Margaret Taylor.
9. Members of the committee generally recognized the difficulty of the subject
matter for these narratives, and felt that the narratives were well-done.
10. After the adjournment of the public meeting, the CCAC held a Public Forum,
where individuals from the numismatic community expressed their ideas about
United States coin design.
11. The committee received several comments from forum attendees (some of which
related to issues that are beyond the scope of the committee’s consideration of
coin design). Comments were received on the following topics: the size of
mintmarks on coins, the usability of the 50-cent piece, the virtues of allegorical
coin designs, and the circulation of the dollar coin.
12. The public forum was adjourned at 11:00 A.M.