By CoinWeek News Staff….
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held a quick, one-hour public meeting today to approve designs for the 2017 Effigy Mounds National Monuments and Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument) America the Beautiful Quarter reverses. Prior to the meeting, candidate designs had been forwarded to CoinWeek by Michael White of the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications–all of which are presented below.
After a discussion well-organized by Committee Chair Mary Lannin, the group voted to recommend design 9 for the Effigy Mounds (Iowa) quarter and design 5a for the Ellis Island (New Jersey) quarter. Ellis Island design 5a was a late addition to the portfolio.
The CCAC’s recommendations now go to Treasury Secretary Jacob “Jack” Lew for the final decision. While organizations like the CCAC and the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) are mandated by Congress to oversee steps in the design process and make informed recommendations to the Secretary, only the Secretary of the Treasury is legally authorized to decide what designs will be featured on U.S. coinage.
But beyond the matters of business on its agenda, the committee today welcomed its two newest members to the fold. Former CoinWorld Editor-in-Chief (now Editor-at-Large) Steve Roach is serving as a member representing the interests of the general public, and Whitman Publisher Dennis Tucker now serves as a member specializing in numismatics.
The next public meeting of the CCAC is scheduled for March 15. Previously set to take place over a day-and-a-half, the meeting is now reduced to just the one day.
Effigy Mounds National Monuments Candidate Designs
Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument)
All images courtesy United States Mint