View original document

The full text on this page is automatically extracted from the file linked above and may contain errors and inconsistencies.

CCAC public meeting
San Francisco, CA
July 28, 2005
A public meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee was held on Thursday, July 28,
2005 at 2:30 PM, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA. This meeting was
conducted at the annual meeting of the American Numismatic Association. Attending the
meeting were Mitch Sanders (Vice-Chairman), Ute Wartenberg (Secretary), Daniel Altshuler
(via telephone), Leon Billings (via telephone), Bill Fivaz, Rita Laws, Donald Scarinci, and Ken
Thomasma. The meeting began with brief introductions of all the CCAC’s members, and a
welcome to Donald Scarinci as the CCAC’s newest member.
The CCAC considered proposed designs for the reverse of the American Eagle Platinum proof
bullion coins, for the years 2006, 2007, and 2008 (images of the designs and explanations by the
artists are attached). This series of coins will represent the three branches of the United States
Government: Legislative, Executive, and Judicial. Designs were presented by Christy Bidstrup
of the United States Mint. Ms. Bidstrup informed the CCAC that the participating artists had
been instructed to represent each branch allegorically, and that the artists were discouraged from
submitting images based on buildings. She also indicated that an image of a bald eagle is legally
mandated to appear on the reverse of these coins.
The CCAC considered the ten designs for each year in turn. The process proceeded in two
stages. In the first stage, each member indicated whether or not they thought each design should
proceed to the second stage. If four members supported a design then it would move on to
receive more detailed discussion in the second round, but if fewer than four members expressed
support for a design it would not be considered further. In the second round each member
commented on the remaining designs, after which the CCAC voted to determine its preference.
For the 2006 designs representing the Legislative branch, designs L-6 and L-8 advanced to the
second stage. After some discussion, the committee voted 8-0 to recommend design L-6.
Members praised L-6 as a very nice and very interesting design, and an appropriate allegorical
representation of the Legislative Branch of government. It was recommended that the design be
clarified to show that the figure’s eyes are open.
In the first round of consideration of the 2007 designs, representing the Executive branch, no
designs received the four votes necessary for consideration in the second stage. It was then
agreed that the CCAC would discuss designs E-3 and E-7, which had each received the firstround support of three members. Some members spoke favorably of the choice of the White
House as a symbol on design E-7, but by a vote of 4-3 (with one abstention) the CCAC voted to
recommend design E-3. Members appreciated the contemporary meaning of the design, the
strength of the eagle, and the inscription “Freedom” on design E-3. There was a consensus that
on design E-3 the banner draped over the shield should be more flowing and less rigid, and that
the typeface on the word “Freedom” should be changed.
Among the designs for the Judicial branch, scheduled for issue in 2008, J-1, J-2 and J-6 received
sufficient support to advance to the second stage. Each member assigned 0, 1, 2, or 3 points to

each of these three designs, and the CCAC’s collective preference was indicated by the total
points for each design. The CCAC voted to recommend design J-1, with that design receiving 22
points out of a possible 24. Design J-2 received four points and design J-6 received eight points.
Members considered design J-1 to be dramatic, beautifully done, and symbolic. Members also
thought that the combination of two powerful figures on design J-1 – the American eagle and the
owl representing wisdom – was interesting and innovative, and would work very well on a coin.
There was a consensus that whichever design was chosen, the figure of Justice should be
Following the consideration of bullion coin designs, the CCAC unanimously approved the
minutes of the May 24, 2005 meeting. There was a brief discussion of the upcoming Annual
Report, and an announcement that the CCAC’s website – – was up and running.
The website contains information about the CCAC and links to committee documents, as well as
a form for the public to submit comments to the CCAC. Finally, Madelyn Marchessault updated
the committee on legislation related to coins and medals.
The meeting was adjourned at 3:45 P.M. Immediately following the meeting, the members of
the CCAC held a public forum on “Coin Design: Past, Present, and Future,” and heard opinions
from the numismatic community on that topic.
The next CCAC meeting will be held on September 27, 2005, at United States Mint headquarters
in Washington, DC.