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

CCAC

June 28, 2012
The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner
Secretary of the Treasury
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220
Dear Secretary Geithner:
A public meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (Committee) was held on
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at United States Mint Headquarters in Washington, DC. The
Committee reviewed proposed obverse and reverse designs for Code Talkers Congressional
Gold Medals for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Choctaw Nation, Osage Nation and Pawnee
Nation.
For the medal honoring the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Code Talkers, the Committee
recommended Obverse-02 by collectively assigning 27 of the possible 30 points through the
Committee’s scoring process. Reverse-07 received 29 of the possible 30 scoring points and is
the Committee’s recommended reverse design. Subsequent to recommending Reverse-07 and
in consultation with a tribal representative, the Committee approved a motion recommending
that the date “1868” appearing on the design be removed.
For the medal honoring Choctaw Nation Code Talkers, the Committee recommended Obverse03. The design garnered 28 of the possible 30 scoring points. For the reverse, the Committee
collectively assigned 29 of the possible 30 scoring points to Reverse-01, thereby
recommending the design.
Osage Nation design Obverse-01 was recommended by the Committee for the obverse of the
medal honoring code talkers from this tribe. It received 22 of the 30 possible scoring points
from Committee members. For the reverse, the Committee recommended Reverse-01 with a
point score of 18 out of the 30 possible.
For the medal honoring the Pawnee Nation Code Talkers, the Committee recommended
Obverse-01 with 24 of the possible 30 scoring points. Subsequent to recommending Obverse01 it was noted that the design incorrectly utilizes images of eight (8) arrowheads while seven
(7) accurately reflects tribal iconology. Thus, the Committee approved a motion
recommending that the number of arrows be adjusted to show only seven (7). Reverse-03
received 26 of the possible 30 points and is the Committee’s recommended reverse design.
Sincerely,

Gary B. Marks
Chair

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

CCAC

June 28, 2012
The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner
Secretary of the Treasury
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220
Dear Secretary Geithner:
A public meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (Committee) was held on
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at United States Mint Headquarters in Washington, DC. The
Committee reviewed proposed obverse and reverse designs for the 5-Star Generals
Commemorative Coin Program, inclusive of a $5 gold coin, $1 silver coin and a clad half
dollar. The generals to be commemorated include Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall,
Henry H. Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar N. Bradley.
The Committee noted that the program’s enacting legislation, Public Law 111-262, called for
the program to recognize and celebrate the above named generals’ attendance and graduation
from the Command and General Staff College located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and to
coincide with the 132nd Anniversary of the founding of the college (See the legislation’s
sixteen (16) findings and, specifically, Section 3(a)). Keeping in line with this legislative
direction, the Committee disregarded reverse designs portraying other themes provided for the
$5 gold coin and the $1 silver coin and, instead, recommended only reverse designs that were
emblematic of the college. Reverse designs provided to the Committee for the clad half dollar
were symbolic of the college.
For the $5 gold coin’s obverse design, the Committee recommended gold design FSG-O-G-03.
The design, which garnered 18 of the 30 possible points through the Committee’s scoring
process, depicts General MacArthur wearing his characteristic sunglasses.
Because the only reverse designs provided to the Committee emblematic of the Command and
General Staff College were half dollar designs, the Committee evaluated only half dollar
reverse designs for placement on the $5 gold coin. The design receiving the highest level of
support from the Committee for this coin was half dollar reverse design FSG-R-C-04. If
ultimately selected for this coin, the Committee’s presumption is that the denomination shown
on the design would be appropriately modified. The design received 10 of a possible 30 points
through the Committee’s scoring process. By Committee rule, a total of 16 points, or a
majority of the possible 30 points, was required to gain the Committee’s recommendation.
Thus, while receiving the highest score for the $5 gold coin reverse, this design is forwarded

without recommendation. The central feature of this design is the lamp of knowledge utilized
in the seal of the Command and General Staff College.
The Committee recommended silver obverse design FSG-O-S-06 for the obverse of the $1
silver coin. The Committee assigned 18 of a possible 30 points to this design. The design
shows portraits of Generals George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Similar to the recommendation made for the $5 gold reverse, the Committee recommended
clad half dollar reverse FSG-R-C-06 for the $1 silver reverse, with the presumption that the
denomination indicator would be appropriately changed if utilized. The Committee assigned
18 of the possible 30 points to this design through its scoring process. This design shows an
American Bald Eagle detailed with symbols associated with the Command and General Staff
College.
For the clad half dollar obverse design, the design receiving the highest level of support from
the Committee was half dollar reverse design FSG-O-C-06. The design received 10 of the
possible 30 scoring points. By Committee rule, this design is forwarded as the highest scoring
design, however, without the Committee’s recommendation. The design shows portraits of
Generals Henry “Hap” Arnold and Omar N. Bradley.
By vote of the Committee, design FSG-R-C-07 was recommended for the reverse of the clad
half dollar. The Committee vote for the motion to recommend this design was eight (8) ayes
and two (2) nays. The design illustrates the seal of the Command and General Staff College.
Sincerely,

Gary B. Marks
Chair

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