Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include the correct CCAC recommendation for the Rosie the Riveter Congressional Gold Medal from Obverse 7 to Obverse 1.
All eleven members of the congressionally authorized Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) met on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, to review design portfolios for two coins and two Congressional Gold Medals.
The charge of the CCAC is to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on designs, themes, and similar matters related to U.S. circulating and commemorative coins, bullion coins, and national medals.
Present at U.S. Mint Headquarters on Ninth Street in Washington, D.C., were Chairman Lawrence S. Brown, M.D. (representative of the general public); Arthur Bernstein (representative of the general public); Dr. Harcourt Fuller (recommended by the speaker of the House of Representatives); Sam Gill (representative of the general public); Mary N. Lannin (recommended by the House of Representatives minority leader); Michael Moran (recommended by the Senate majority leader); Donald Scarinci (recommended by the Senate minority leader); and Dennis Tucker (specialist in numismatics).
Present by videoconference were Dr. Peter van Alfen (specially qualified as a numismatic curator), Dr. Dean Kotlowski (specialist in American history), and Robin Salmon (specialist in sculpture and medallic arts).
The first design portfolio the CCAC reviewed was for the Congressional Gold Medal honoring racing athlete, anti-doping advocate, activist, and community leader Greg LeMond. The Committee affirmed the personal preferences of Mr. LeMond, recommending obverse design O-11 and reverse design R-05.
The second design portfolio reviewed was for the American Innovations dollar program — specifically, the 2024 dollar coin for the state of Maine. The innovator to be honored on Maine’s entry in this 15-year coinage program is Dr. Bernard Lown, a celebrated physician and humanitarian who pioneered the direct-current defibrillator and later was influential in public health, anti-war, and community-building causes. The Committee was addressed by Anne Lown, the doctor’s daughter, who spoke of his commitment to “the well-being of the human family” and his life’s guiding question, “What am I doing to make a better world?” After review and discussion, the Committee strongly recommended the Lown family’s preferred design of reverse 08. A motion was made to change the legend of “DR. BERNARD LOWN” to “BERNARD LOWN, M.D.,” to emphasize his profession as a physician.
The third design portfolio on the Committee’s agenda was for another 2024-dated coin in the American Innovations dollar program, that of Missouri. The theme for the coin — chosen by the state’s governor, as is the case with every coin in this series — is Dr. George Washington Carver, the groundbreaking Missouri-born agricultural scientist who developed the field of chemurgy, educating farmers in the South (in particular) about the benefits of crop rotation, and pioneering hundreds of new uses for peanuts, sweet potatoes, and other plants. Although the CCAC leaned toward favoring design 01 (the only design within the portfolio that featured a portrait of Carver), it ultimately voted, by unanimous motion, to make no formal recommendation to the Secretary of the Treasury. Instead, the Committee asked the Mint to modify design 01 and to develop additional designs for future review.
The fourth and final design portfolio for the September 27, 2022, CCAC meeting was for the Congressional Gold Medal honoring the women, popularly and collectively known as “Rosie the Riveter,” who stepped up to work on the Home Front during World War II. The Committee was addressed by Lori Gould, daughter of Phyllis Gould (a pioneering Rosie the Riveter, one of the first six women hired at the Richmond Shipyard during the war). Also speaking by videoconference to the Committee was Sarah Pritchard, executive director of the Rosie the Riveter Trust. After review and discussion of a portfolio that many Committee members praised as outstanding, the CCAC recommended obverse design O-01 and reverse design R-05. By unanimous motion, the Committee also asked that the silhouette form of the B-17 airplane be changed from that of a C or D model, which were both used before the 1942–1945 era of Rosie the Riveter, to that of either an E, F, or G model.
The seven-hour meeting convened at 3:00 p.m. The CCAC’s recommendations will be forwarded to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who will make final decisions on the coin and medal designs. The United States Mint will continue work on the Missouri American Innovation dollar design, for future review by the Committee.