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March 14, 2018

The Honorable Steven T. Mnuchin
Secretary of the Treasury
Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220
Dear Secretary Mnuchin,
A public meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) was held on Tuesday,
March 13, 2018, to review and discuss the designs for the 2019 American Legion 100th
Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program.
Vigorous discussions about the designs on which the Committee voted led to the following
The $5 Gold obverse (AL-G-O-03) commemorates the inception of the American Legion, using
the Eiffel Tower and V for victory to represent the formation of the organization in Paris in 1919.
This design preference of the stakeholder received 21 of a possible 27 votes. The reverse design
(AL-G-R-04), also a stakeholder preference, portrays a respectful presentation of a properly
folded American flag, showing honor for our flag, which represents the ideals of justice, freedom
and democracy for which our veterans fought and represents the American Legion’s service to the
nation. The design received 22 of a possible 27 votes.
The $1 Silver obverse (AL-S-O-05) depicts the American Legion emblem adorned by oak leaves
and a lily, commemorating the founding of the American Legion in Paris, France. This design
was the highest scorer of the series, garnering 26 of a possible 27 votes. The reverse (AL-S-R-11)
was the preference of the American Legion, receiving 24 of a possible 27 votes. It shows two
crossed American and American Legion flags and the additional inscription “100 Years of
Service.” By motion, the CCAC recommended replacing a keystone design element with a fleur
de lis.
The clad Half Dollar obverse (AL-C-O-05), a preference of the stakeholder, received 25 of a
possible 27 votes. This design depicts two children standing and reciting the first words of the
Pledge of Allegiance, “I pledge allegiance…”. The young girl proudly wears her grandfather’s
old American Legion hat. The reverse (AL-C-R-06) continues the Pledge, with “...of the United
States of America” beneath a flowing American flag as seen from the children’s perspective. The
American Legion emblem is featured just above the flag. This preferred design of the American
Legion received 24 of 27 votes.
Best regards, I am

Mary N. Lannin

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