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


Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
Public Meeting
Marriott Hotel
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA
May 15, 2007
In attendance:
John Alexander
Michael Brown
Bill Fivaz
Rita Laws
Gary Marks
Richard Meier
Mitch Sanders (chair)
Donald Scarinci
Ken Thomasma (via telephone)
Joe Winter
1. The chair called the meeting to order at 9:00 AM.
2. During the call of the roll, the chair introduced and welcomed the CCAC’s two
newest members, Michael Brown and Gary Marks.
3. The minutes of the committee’s March 20, 2007 meeting were unanimously
4. The committee then proceeded to review proposed obverse and reverse designs
for the Congressional Gold Medal honoring Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama
of Tibet. Public Law 109-287 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and
issue a congressional gold medal to honor the Dalai Lama, in recognition of his
many enduring contributions to peace, non-violence, human rights, and religious
5. The designs were presented by Kaarina Budow of the United States Mint. The
proposed obverse features a portrait of Tenzin Gyatso, with the Tibetan mountains
in the background. The reverse features a lotus flower, and a quotation from the
Dalai Lama. Ms Budow indicated that the proposed designs were the preferred
choices of the recipient.
6. By a unanimous vote, the CCAC recommended the proposed designs for the
medal honoring the Dalai Lama. Committee members were effusive in their
praise for the proposed designs, and considered them to be a spectacular
7. Ms Budow then presented proposed designs for the American Bald Eagle
Recovery and National Emblem Commemorative Coin Program. Public Law

108-486 requires the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue gold $5 coins,
silver dollars, and copper-nickel clad half-dollars emblematic of the bald eagle
and its history, natural biology, and national symbolism. The coins will be
released in 2008.
8. Each member evaluated each design by assigning 0, 1, 2, or 3 points. The ratings
for each member were totaled, and the design with the highest rating became the
CCAC’s recommendation. With ten members present and voting, the maximum
possible rating is 30 points.
9. The obverse of the clad half-dollar portrays baby eaglets, two to three days old, in
a nest with an unhatched egg. For the clad obverse, the CCAC recommends
design CO-02. The point totals for each design were:
CO-01: 4 points
CO-02: 18 points
CO-03: 7 points
CO-04: 16 points
10. The reverse designs for the clad half-dollar feature Challenger, a non-releasable
bald eagle named in honor of the space shuttle, who acts as an ambassador for his
species. For the clad reverse, the CCAC recommends design CR-02. Totals for
each design were:
CR-01: 10 points
CR-02: 23 points
CR-03: 9 points
CR-04: 5 points
11. The gold obverse features young, immature eaglets in their natural habitat. For
the gold obverse, the CCAC recommends design GO-03. The point totals for
each design were:
GO-01: 12 points
GO-02: 4 points
GO-03: 20 points
GO-04: 8 points
12. For the gold obverse, the CCAC further recommends that the date 2008 should be
moved to the bottom of the obverse, and incused within the image of the eagles’
13. The gold reverse design features the obverse of the current Great Seal of the
United States. The CCAC recommends design GR-01, which was the only design
candidate presented, and which received 23 points.
14. The silver obverse depicts a mature eagle in flight. For the silver obverse, the
CCAC recommends design SO-08. The point totals for each design were:
SO-01: 7 points
SO-02: 12 points
SO-03: 2 points
SO-04: 14 points
SO-05: 6 points
SO-06: 2 points
SO-07: 2 points
SO-08: 20 points

SO-09: 4 points
15. The reverse of the silver dollar features an image from the original Great Seal of
the United States, used from 1782 to 1841. Some members were concerned that
the older seal would make an unpopular design, and that an alternative choice
would be more appropriate. The committee also discussed the possibility of
including a brief mention of the design’s origin, such as “CIRCA 1782”, on the
16. Design SR-01, which was the only design option presented, received 12 points out
of a possible 30. The CCAC subsequently voted 6-3 (with one abstention) to
recommend that consideration should be given to replacing the proposed silver
dollar reverse with a different reverse design.
17. There being no further business, the chair adjourned the meeting at 11:43 AM.