The United States Mint today announced the appointment of Arthur “Art” Bernstein to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) as one of three members appointed to represent the interests of the general public. Mr. Bernstein fills the vacancy created by the term expiration of Jeanne Stevens-Sollman who served two terms on the CCAC from 2012 to 2021. Mr. Bernstein’s term is four years.
A passionate numismatist who enjoys sharing stories of his coin and banknote collections, Bernstein currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at the law firm of Tucker Ellis LLP, based in Cleveland, Ohio.
Before joining Tucker Ellis, he spent 17 years as Executive Director at Hopkins & Carley in San Jose, California. Art is also a former Director of the Office of Financial Planning & Analysis at the State Bar of California in San Francisco, and previously worked for the County of San Mateo and the California State Legislature.
Art graduated from San Diego State University with a B.A. in Public Administration, from the University of Virginia with an M.A. in Public Administration, and from the University of Southampton (England) with a M.Sc. in International Politics. He remains active in the alumni associations of all three schools and is an avid fan of their sports teams.
Outside his role in law firm management, Art is an active Boy Scout Leader, serving as a local Scoutmaster and leading troops to International and National Jamborees. As a coin collecting merit badge counselor, he has counseled hundreds of Scouts in both California and Ohio, helping them to earn the Coin Collecting Merit Badge and further their advancement in Scouting. He is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Silver Beaver, and he currently serves on the Board of the Lake Erie Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Art also is a lifetime member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the American-Israel Numismatic Association, and the International Bank Note Society (IBNS).
The CCAC was established by an Act of Congress in 2003. It advises the Secretary of the Treasury on theme and design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals, and other medals produced by the United States Mint. The CCAC also makes commemorative coin recommendations to the Secretary and advises on the events, persons, or places to be commemorated, as well as on the mintage levels and proposed designs.
The CCAC is subject to the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury. The United States Mint is responsible for providing necessary and appropriate administrative support, technical services, and advice.
The CCAC submits an annual report to Congress and the Secretary of the Treasury, describing its activities and providing recommendations.
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About the United States Mint
The US Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. It is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.
The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The Mint’s numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.