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CCAC Public Meeting
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
801 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC
2nd floor conference room A
A public meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee was held on Tuesday
March 15, 2005 at U.S. Mint Headquarters in Washington, DC. Attending the meeting
were Tom Noe (Chairman), Mitch Sanders (Vice Chairman), Ute Wartenberg Kagan
(Secretary), Daniel Altshuler (via telephone), Leon Billings, Bill Fivaz, Connie
Harriman, Rita Laws, Robert Remini, and Ken Thomasma. The meeting was called to
order by Chairman Tom Noe at 1:00 PM, a quorum of ten members being present.
On motion duly made and seconded, the minutes from the CCAC’s January 25, 2005
meeting were approved unanimously. The committee also wished to clarify the
Chairman’s letter to the Secretary of the Treasury regarding its recommendation for the
Nevada state quarter. Specifically, regarding Nevada’s “Silver State” design, the
committee prefers to replace the statement “the mountains in the background should be
enlarged” with “mountains should be added to the background.”
The committee then heard about the activities of two subcommittees. In preparation for
the committee’s annual report it was agreed that suggestions regarding future
commemorative coinage themes would be discussed at the CCAC’s May meeting. Ideas
for the committee’s website were also discussed, including possible mechanisms for
receiving input from the public.
There followed a discussion about the CCAC’s upcoming July meeting in San Francisco
at the annual convention of the American Numismatic Association. The committee plans
to discuss its commemorative theme recommendations in a public forum at the
convention, as a way to receive input from the coin collecting community and other
persons interested in commemorative themes. Members also raised the possibility of
future meetings at sites other than Washington, DC.
The committee then turned its attention to the state quarter designs for Colorado.
Information about designs and the accompanying narratives was presented by Stacy
Anderson of the U.S. Mint. The committee evaluated designs using a procedure whereby
each member assigned each design a rating of 0, 1, 2, or 3 points, with higher numbers
indicating higher ratings. With 10 members present and voting, the resulting scale ranges
from a minimum of 0 to a maximum of 30 points. Descriptions of the designs and the
committee’s recommendations are presented below; the designs themselves are attached
to the end of these minutes.

Colorado Designs
Number Inscription

Primary Design Element


Rocky Mountains
Cliff Palace, mountains, blue spruce tree
Soldier-skier, mountains


Colorful Colorado
Mesa Verde
Birthplace of the 10th
Mountain Division
The Centennial State
Pikes Peak or Bust

CCAC Point Rating

Mountains, Columbine flower
Pikes Peak, pick and shovel

The CCAC recommends design #4 for Colorado. Members considered this design to be
appealing and very representative of the state. There was a consensus that on design #4
the large letter “C” should be eliminated or reduced in size. It was also suggested that if
design #1 were chosen, “The Centennial State” should be substituted for “Colorful
Finally, the committee received updates on various matters from Mint staff. Jack
Szcerban informed the committee about an idea for the American Eagle Platinum Bullion
program, whereby designs for 2006, 2007, and 2008 would honor the three branches of
American government. Madelyn Marchessault presented information about passed and
pending bills related to coinage and medals.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:45 PM. The next CCAC meeting is scheduled for May
24, 2005.