The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) met on November 29th, 2011, at the United States Mint’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to review and discuss the revere design candidates for the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters.
In attendance from the CCAC were Chairman Gary Marks, Dr. Doreen Bolger, Dr. Michael Bugeja, Arthur Houghton, Erik Jansen, Michael Olson, Michael Moran, Mike Ross, Donald Scarinci, and Heidi Wastweet. Representing the Mint were Kaarina Budow, Don Everhart, Andy Fishburn, Ron Harrigal, Leslie Schlager, and Greg Weinman.
Mr. Harrigal provided an overview of the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, followed by a presentation of the reverse designs for the five sites being honored in 2013: White Mountains National Forest, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, Great Basin National Park, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
The primary points of discussion for the White Mountains National Forest designs centered around the use of wildlife; the moose is too common to other states to be used, and the deer and bird devices would fade away on the scale of a quarter. For the Perry’s Victory designs, the use of the Canadian and British flags on an American coin was met with considerable dislike by the committee members, as well as only being given three designs to review. The designs for the Great Basin National Park were given relatively high praise, aside from some comments of caution regarding the foliage elements. During the discussions around the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the committee members noted that the designs are more focused on the fort, rather than on the actual battle that Francis Scott Key observed which inspired him to write the Star Spangled Banner. Mount Rushmore proved to be a challenge for the artists, as it had been recently honored on the South Dakota State Quarter.
The results of the votes were as follows:
|Site||Design with most votes||Preference or Recommendation|
|White Mountains National Forest||2 (11 votes)||Recommendation*|
|Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial||1 (7 votes)||No Recommendation**|
|Great Basin National Park||1 (17 votes)||Recommendation|
|Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine||1 (8 votes)||Preference|
|Mount Rushmore||1 (11 votes)||Recommendation|
* An additional vote was given to the design to move it from preference to recommendation
** A motion to reject all of the designs for Perry’s Victory passed 4-3.
Editor’s Note: On February 28, 2012, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee will review a new set of design candidates for the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter and the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine that have been prepared by the United States Mint.
2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Design Candidates
2013 White Mountain National Forest Quarter
CCAC Recommendation NH-02
2013 Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter
Design candidates rejected by CCAC
2013 Great Basin National Park Quarter
CCAC Recommendation NV-1
2013 Fort McHenry National Monument Quarter
CCAC Preference MD-01
2013 Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter
CCAC Recommendation SD-01