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


Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
Public Meeting
Tuesday, September 22, 2009, 9 AM
United States Mint Headquarters
801 9th Street, NW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20001
In attendance:
John Alexander
Doreen Bolger
Michael Brown
Arthur Houghton
Gary Marks
Rick Meier
Mitch Sanders (Chairperson)
Donald Scarinci
Joe Winter (via telephone)
1. The chair called the meeting to order at 9 AM.
2. Kaarina Budow of the United States Mint presented candidate designs for the
2010 issues of the America the Beautiful Quarters program. As part of this
program, the United States Mint will mint and issue 56 circulating quarter-dollar
coins with reverse designs emblematic of a national park or other national site in
each state and territory. Quarters will be issued sequentially in the order in which
the featured sites were established as national sites.
3. Ms Budow explained that the United States Mint works with Superintendents’
offices with respect to guidance on appropriate images and source materials for
4. Ms Budow indicated that the coins’ obverse would feature a restored version of
the 1932 bust of George Washington, originally by John Flanagan, with greater
relief and enhanced details.
5. Several members expressed disappointment that the committee’s recommendation
to portray Theodore Roosevelt on the quarter’s obverse for the duration of the
America the Beautiful Quarters Program was not implemented. United States
Mint staff explained to the committee that in the absence of any mandate for
change from the Secretary of the Treasury or the United States Congress, the
existing obverse design (in a modified version) was retained.
6. Committee members rated proposed designs by assigning 0, 1, 2, or 3 points to
each, with higher points reflecting more favorable evaluations. With nine
members present and voting, the maximum possible point total was 27.

7. For the coin representing Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas, members
appreciated the sense of perspective on Arkansas design 1, though the design was
overall considered to be too intricate for the small palette of a coin, as was design
3. Design 4 was appreciated for its inclusion of natural landscape, and for its
clear focus on the fountain as the site’s primary attraction.
8. For Arkansas the committee recommended design 4, which received 24 points.
Design 3 received 11 points.
9. For the coin representing Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, members
criticized the representation of Old Faithful on design 3 as unrealistic, and felt that
the lodge in design 2 distracted from the geyser. Members generally spoke highly
of design 1, for its inclusion of the parks’ wildlife as a complement to the iconic
geyser image.
10. For Wyoming the committee recommended design 1, which received 25 points.
Design 2 received 5 points.
11. For the coin representing Yosemite National Park in California, the inclusion of
wildlife on designs 1 and 2 held some appeal, but in general these designs were
considered excessively busy for a coin. Between the two images of El Capitan on
designs 3 and 4, design 3 was considered bolder and more interesting.
12. For California the committee recommended design 3, which received 18 points.
Design 2 received 11 points.
13. For the coin representing Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, discussion
centered around designs 1 and 4, which offered the clearest depictions of the
majesty of the canyon. Although there was some concern that the person walking
along the trail would be so small as to be indistinct, design 1 appealed to many
committee members for its up-close, human-scaled depiction of the canyon.
14. For Arizona the committee recommended design 1, which received 21 points.
Design 4 received 17 points.
15. For the coin representing Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon, several
members were adamantly opposed to the inclusion of the Portland skyline, which
was considered to detract from the image of Mount Hood. The view of the
mountain on designs 3 and 4 was preferred to that on designs 1 and 2, though the
rhododendron on design 4 was considered to be extraneous.
16. For Oregon the committee recommended design 3, which received 27 points.
Designs 1 and 4 each received 3 points.
17. Ms Budow then presented proposed designs for the 2010 First Spouse Gold Coins
and Medals, honoring Abigail Fillmore, Jane Pierce, James Buchanan’s Liberty,
and Mary Todd Lincoln.
18. Discussion of First Spouse obverse designs focused mostly on the historical
accuracy of the portraits as images contemporary with each Presidency. When
considering First Spouse reverse designs, committee members generally
expressed support for historically accurate depictions of serious subjects, focusing
when possible on the subject’s life and work outside the White House.
19. Historical accuracy was a subject of specific discussion for the Mary Todd
Lincoln coin. The CCAC’s historian, John Alexander, expressed serious concern
that Design 1, showing Mrs. Lincoln bandaging a wounded soldier, and Design 2,

showing President and Mrs. Lincoln greeting an African-American family at the
White House, were historically inaccurate.
20. For James Buchanan’s coin, there was little support for any of the reverse designs
21. The committee’s recommendations for First Spouse designs were as follows:
Abigail Fillmore Obverse (maximum 24):
Design 3, 13 points
Design 2, 8 points
Abigail Fillmore Reverse (maximum 24):
Design 5, depicting Mrs. Fillmore in the White House library she established, 21 points
Design 1, depicting Mrs. Fillmore teaching, 8 points
Jane Pierce Obverse (maximum 24):
Design 1, 24 points
Design 5, 2 points
Jane Pierce Reverse (maximum 24):
Design 3, showing Mrs. Pierce listening to Senate Debate, 21 points
Design 1, showing Mrs. Pierce listening to Senate Debate, 9 points
James Buchanan’s Liberty Obverse (maximum 24):
Design 1, based on the quarter-eagle issued from 1840 to 1907, 19 points
James Buchanan Reverse (maximum 24):
Design 4, depicting Buchanan as Minister to Russia, 7 points
Design 1, depicting Buchanan with Harriet Lane in the White House, 4 points
Mary Todd Lincoln Obverse (maximum 21):
Design 5, 14 points
Design 4, 10 points
Mary Todd Lincoln Reverse (maximum 21):
Design 2, portraying Mrs. Lincoln visiting wounded soldiers with flowers and books, 21 points
Design 3, portraying Mrs. Lincoln showing newly installed White House wallpaper, 5 points
22. There being no further business, the chair adjourned the meeting at 12:25 PM.