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


Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
Public Meeting
Tuesday, October 14, 2009, 9 AM
United States Mint Headquarters
801 9th Street, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20001
In attendance:
John Alexander (by phone)
Roger Burdette
Arthur Houghton
Gary Marks
Rick Meier (by phone)
Mitch Sanders (Member Liaison)
Donald Scarinci
Joe Winter (by phone)
1. The member liaison called the meeting to order at 9:15 AM.
2. Kaarina Budow of the United States Mint presented proposed designs for a
Congressional Gold Medal (and bronze duplicates) honoring Constantino
Brumidi, whose paintings and frescoes have decorated the United States Capitol
since the 1850s.
3. For the obverse of the Constantino Brumidi medal the committee preferred design
2. Members appreciated the artistry of the ornate border, and considered the
portrait to be a livelier image than the alternatives. Design 2 received 18 points
out of a maximum possible total of 24.
4. After comments by historian John Alexander, members were strongly opposed to
reverse designs 1 and 3, due to a concern that there was not sufficient historical
documentation supporting the quotation attributed to Brumidi. Most members
also felt that it was appropriate to show Brumidi’s art, rather than his words, on
his medal.
5. For the Brumidi medal’s reverse, the committee strongly preferred design 2,
which features the iconic image of Brumidi’s “Apotheosis of Washington”
surrounding the inscription “Artist of the Capitol.” This design received 18 of a
possible 24 points. Design four received nine points, with no points for designs 1
or 3.
6. Ms Budow then presented proposed designs for the Congressional Gold Medal
(and bronze duplicates) honoring the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots
(W.A.S.P.S.) in recognition of their pioneering military service and exemplary
record during World War Two.

7. For the medal’s obverse the committee overwhelmingly preferred design 1,
featuring a female pilot exiting an airplane after a flight, which received 21 of a
possible 24 points. The committee unanimously preferred reverse design 1,
which portrays three aircraft flown by W.A.S.P.S.
8. Members praised the sense of action in the composition of these designs, and
found them to be clear and effective representations of the group’s contributions
to military aviation.
9. Mr. Sanders noted that John Alexander (CCAC member appointed based on
special expertise in American History) and Joe Winter (CCAC member appointed
based on special expertise in medallic art or sculpture) were serving during a sixmonth “holdover” period due to the recent expiration of their four-year terms, and
thanked them for their expertise, authority, and dedication during their service on
the CCAC.
10. There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:00 AM.