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Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
Public Meeting
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 9:00 AM
United State Mint Headquarters
801 9th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington, D.C.
In attendance:
Michael Brown
Roger Burdette
Rick Meier
Gary Marks (Chair)
Michael Olson
Mike Ross
Donald Scarinci
Heidi Wastweet
1. Chairperson Marks called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.
2. The minutes of the November 19, 2010 meeting were unanimously approved.
3. After discussion on potential coin design recommendations for the CCAC’s
FY2010 Annual Report, a motion was made by Mr. Olson, and seconded by Mr.
Ross to include a recommendation in the FY2010 Annual Report that a silver
dollar be produced in 2014 to commemorate fallen firefighters. The motion was
approved unanimously. After further discussion, the Committee unanimously
approved a motion made by Mr. Ross, and seconded by Ms. Wastweet, that a
recommendation be included in the FY2010 Annual Report for a 2015 silver
dollar commemorating the Battle of New Orleans, which occurred in 1815. A
motion was made by Mr. Scarinci, and seconded by Mr. Ross, that Chairman
Marks be authorized to confer with the Chairman of the United States Postal
Service’s Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee to explore the potential of
recommending a joint coin-postage stamp commemoration for an as-yetunspecified theme. The motion was approved unanimously. Subsequently, the
Committee unanimously approved a motion by Mr. Ross, and seconded by Ms.
Wastweet, that a recommendation for a 2015 silver dollar commemorating the
150th anniversary of the enactment of the 13th Amendment of the Constitution be
included in the FY2010 Annual Report.
4. Chairman Marks provided an overview of the process used by the Subcommittee
on Coin Design Excellence in producing the report, “A Blueprint for Advancing
Artistic Creativity and Excellence in United States Coins and Medals
(Blueprint).” Chairman Marks discussed the three over-arching
recommendations contained in the report. The first recommendation calls for
removing all design activities from the United States Mint’s Sales and Marketing
Department and for the creation of a United States Mint Coin and Medal Design
Division that would be led by a professional art director. The art director would
report directly to the Director of the United States Mint. The second

recommendation seeks to elevate the status and working conditions of the United
States Mint Sculptor-Engravers and to substantially revise the call for Artistic
Infusion Program request for proposals to emphasize artistic skills. The finding
of the Subcommittee was that such improvements would aid creative processes
resulting in improved designs. The third recommendation seeks to include the
Committee and the Commission on Fine Arts earlier in the design development
process. The Subcommittee included this recommendation so that design
recommendations from the two committees could be integrated into the
development of designs earlier in the design process. General discussion
concerning the Blueprint followed and included recognition by the Committee of
the outstanding assistance provided by the United States Mint staff in producing
the report. A motion was made by Mr. Olson, and seconded by Mr. Meier, to
adopt the report, “A Blueprint for Advancing Artistic Creativity and Excellence in
United States Coins and Medals.” The motion was approved unanimously.
Chairman Marks announced that the Subcommittee on Coin Design Excellence
had completed its objectives and was, therefore, disbanded.
5. There being no further business, Chairperson Marks adjourned the meeting at
10:29 A.M.