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Department of the Treasury
US Mint

801 9th Street NW

Washington DC 20220

CCAC members:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
US Mint personnel:

Robert Hoge

Greg Weinman

Mary Lannin

Phebe Hemphill

Erik Jansen
Erik Jansen

Michael Moran

April Stafford
Joe Menna

Jeanne Stevens-Sollman

Additional participants:

Herman Viola

Verna Jones, American Legion

Thomas Uram

Heidi Wastweet

Pia Pyle – Office of Bob Dole

James Wheeler, American Legion

Scott Miller, American Legion
James Baca, American Legion

1. Chairperson Lannin opened the meeting at 3:00 PM EST.

2. April Stafford of the Office of Design Management presented the Committee
members with the background to Public Law 115-65, The American Legion

100th Anniversary Coin Act. This law requires the Secretary of the Treasury

to mint and issue five dollar gold coins, one dollar silver coins, and half dollar
clad coins in recognition and celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the

American Legion. The act specifies that the design of these coins, quote,
"Shall be emblematic of the American Legion."

The American Legion was formed March 15th through 17th in the year 1919

in Paris, France by members of the US Expeditionary Forces occupying Europe
after the Armistice that ended World War I four months earlier. Having fought
their way to victory through the trenches, on the seas, and in the air, these

combat weary troops were not convinced that they had just won the war-to-endall-wars, and in fact, history would prove them correct.

As formative meetings continued later in the United States, the American

Legion's founders further determined that the organization would be strictly

nonpartisan, open to men and women alike no matter their ethnic backgrounds,
religious affiliations, or political persuasions.

3. Committee members pointed out to the liaisons that while respecting the
general themes and ideas of veterans, youth, defense, and Americanism,
known as the Four Pillars of American Legion Service, the organization
needed great art on the coins for a broader appeal to collectors.

4. The liaisons felt that the overarching theme should be of the Legion’s strong,
passionate advocacy for the nation, for our veterans, and love for our

5. Committee ideas included highlighting the flag, the motto “For God and

Country”, veterans, the American Legion logo, the four pillars, and spreading
the flag over the three-coin set.

6. Committee member Erik Jansen emphasized that the set should not be

military in nature, but represent the accomplishments of the American

7. April Stafford of the Office of Design Management presented the single

obverse and single reverse design for the Congressional Gold Medal for Bob
Dole. The obverse features a portrait of Bob Dole with the capital in the

background. Inscriptions are Son of Kansas, Soldier, Statesman, and Bob

Dole. The reverse depicts a Kansas wheat field below a quote from Senator

Dole, 'For greatness lies not in what office you hold, but in how honest you
are, in how you face adversity, and in your willingness to stand fast in hard

places.' The additional inscription, Act of Congress 2017, is arched across the

8. Committee member Jeanne Stevens-Sollman brought up the style of the font
used in the designs. Joe Menna of the Philadelphia Mint expressed the
difficulty that could result in using another font.

9. Committee member Erik Jansen engaged the group in a discussion of the
Oxford comma in the quotation.

10. Chairperson Lannin asked if a Committee member would like to make a

motion to accept the designs as presented to the Committee. Robert Hoge
made the motion and it was seconded by Thomas Uram.

11. Chairperson Lannin adjourned the meeting at 3:40 PM EST.