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


Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
Public Meeting
June 28, 2010
Gaylord Hall, Worner Center
Colorado College
Colorado Springs, Colorado
In attendance:
Doreen Bolger
Michael Brown
Gary Marks (Chairperson)
Michael Olson
Michael A. Ross
Mitch Sanders
Donald Scarinci
Heidi Wastweet
1. Chairperson Marks called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.
2. This meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) was held in
conjunction with the Annual Summer Seminar conducted by the American
Numismatic Association.
3. A motion by Mr. Olson, and seconded by Dr. Bolger, to approve the minutes of
the May 25, 2010, CCAC meeting was unanimously approved.
4. Chairperson Marks opened a public forum with a presentation describing the
mission of the CCAC, a report on the design process used by the United States
Mint, and an introduction of individual CCAC members. During the forum,
several individuals from the numismatic community expressed their opinions
about various matters related to contemporary design.
5. The CCAC held a discussion on the 2010 Annual Report and Recommendations
for Commemorative Coin Programs for the next five calendar years. At the
invitation of Chairperson Marks, several members of the audience offered
suggestions for future commemorative programs, including commemorations of
World War I, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address, and
endangered species and the Endangered Species Act. Mr. Ross suggested a
commemorative program for the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans.
6. Chairperson Marks opened a discussion on coin design quality with a statement
citing Director Edmund C. Moy’s September 2007 call for a neo-renaissance for
United States coin design. Noting that three years after Director Moy’s call, no
such renaissance was evident, Chairperson Marks announced the creation of a

Subcommittee on Coin Design Excellence that would be tasked with developing
recommendations for the Secretary of the Treasury that would answer the
question: “What needs to occur to bring about a design renaissance for the coins
and medals produced by the U.S. Mint?” Chairperson Marks appointed Mr.
Sanders, Mr. Scarinci, Mr. Burdette, Ms. Wastweet, and himself to the
subcommittee. Chairperson Marks set a deadline of October 31, 2010, for the
completion of the subcommittee’s work. At the request of Mr. Scarinci, Mr.
Marks stipulated, with no objection from the CCAC, that the text of a recent letter
sent to Director Moy from the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts, addressing the need
for improvement in the quality of coin designs produced by the Unite States Mint,
would be included along with the minutes of the meeting as if it were read into the
record in full.
7. Ms. Wastweet gave a presentation that provided examples of what individual
members of the CCAC felt demonstrated excellence in coin design. The
examples included historic and contemporary United States designs, as well as
contemporary foreign designs. Chairperson Marks asked members to discuss the
various design examples presented by Ms. Wastweet and to develop a consensus
on specific designs that would constitute a visual definition of the CCAC’s sense
of design excellence. Chairperson Marks stated that the consensus report would
be used to inform the work of the Subcommittee on Coin Design Excellence and
to provide visual illustrations of design excellence to the public. In the course of
discussion, the CCAC agreed to remove specific designs from the consensus
report. A motion by Mr. Olson, and seconded by Mr. Scarinci, to formally adopt
the consensus report providing visual examples of coin design excellence was
unanimously approved.
8. There being no further business, Chairperson Marks adjourned the meeting at
9:30 PM.