The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) met on April 26th, 2012, at the United States Mint’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to review and discuss the candidate designs for the 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Commemorative Coin Program. This program was authorized under Public Law 111-86, which was signed into law on October 29, 2009 by President Obama. The law provides for the issuance of up to 350,000 silver dollars to be issued in 2013 to celebrate the centennial of the organization.
In attendance from the CCAC were Chairman Gary Marks, Michael Bugeja, Robert Hoge, Erik Jansen, Michael Moran, Michael Olson, Mike Ross, Donald Scarinci, Jeanne Stevens-Sollman and Heidi Wastweet. Representing the Mint were Don Everhart, Andy Fishburn, Greg Weinman, and Ron Harrigal.
Pamela Cruz, director of the National Historic Preservation Center, and Fran Powell Harold, director of the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace, provided background information on the Girl Scouts of the USA and of its founder, Juliette Gordon Low. The trefoils worn by Ms. Cruz and Ms. Harold were circulated in the committee: one was the traditional design, and the other was the modern design.
After Mr. Harrigan provided the initial presentation and description of the obverse and reverse designs, Chairman Marks opened the floor for technical questions and discussion, during which the height and texture changes depicted in reverse design 6 were discussed. As is customary when a large number of designs are presented for review, Chairman Marks requested that the members indicate which designs they wished to discuss. The result of this process resulted in obverse designs 4, 5, 7, 10, and 11 were to be excluded from the discussion, as were reverse designs 7 and 9.
As he opened the individual comments regarding the designs, Chairman Marks asked that the other committee members keep in mind pairings of obverse and reverse designs, as certain elements appear on each set, and if two designs were recommended that shared an element, an alteration to the design would need to be considered. The chairman opened his personal comments with his two objectives, especially when a commemorative program is being reviewed, is to “pick beautiful art”, and that the beautiful art assists the associated organization financially: “when we have beautiful art on our commemorative coins, they sell better.”
Regarding the specific designs, Chairman Marks said that obverse 1 was “breathtaking” and conveys the values of the Girl Scouts of America, and obverse 3 was “classic in its presentation,” and pays the founder “some due respect.” Of reverse 1, he said that “text is not art; text does not sell,” and that the use of frosted and mirror fields on reverse 6 makes “a beautiful coin.”
Mike Ross followed the chairman, and stated that the coin is “not just honoring the modern-day Girl Scouts, it is honoring the centennial.” He liked obverse 3 “a lot”, and obverse 6 “has some sense of the history” with the different time periods of the uniforms. Reverse 6 was also mentioned, specifically as it mentions the centennial.
Donald Scarinci started his comments by saying “there is a lot here to like, and it starts with reverse 6,” which he called “a winner.” He also liked obverse 8, calling it “intriguing”.
Dr. Michael Bugeja was next. He started by listing the 10 elements that are found on a commemorative coin; he tallied the various elements on these designs, and stopped at 23. He suggested that the stargazing girl in obverse 2 be turned towards the stars, and that obverse 8 included “action and sensory data”. He believed the three-dimensional effect in reverse 6 would be stunning, and hated reverse 10, declaring that this “is not a military coin.”
Michael Olson followed Dr. Bugeja. He noted that reverse 1 is the only quote from the founder on any of the designs, and that obverse 9 had a “very nice design”. Of the reverse designs, he preferred the sixth, thought that the trefoil in reverse 5 overpowered the other elements, and found the sash in reverse 2 was a “nice touch”, and reminded him of designs from the 50 State Quarters program.
Heidi Wastweet was next, and started her comments with reminders of the difference between medals and coins, and the difference between design and illustration. Obverse 1, in her opinion, conveys a story, and that “profiles always work well” on coins, whereas obverse 2 crossed over into the arena of medals. She really liked obverse 3, but thought it better suited for a Congressional Gold Medal. She felt that the beading on reverse 3 was old-fashioned, and the figures on reverse 4 looked like volleyball or basketball players. Reverse 6, while not translating well on paper, show off the technical abilities, and along with the 9/11 and Star Spangled Banner coins, show a new American style.
Michael Moran followed her, stating that the trefoil on obverse 1 could easily be dropped, allowing for 2013 to be put in its place. Obverse 2 was found to be “quaint”, and he liked the facial expressions on obverse 9. Of reverse 1, he commented that Barber refused to add a quote to Lafayette, and thought that reverse 2 was “boring.”
Jeanne Stevens-Sollman focused on the actual size designs, and indicated that she thought obverse 8 “may be too busy”, and obverse 9 looked “quite wonderful” as it depicted different ages and cultures. She felt that reverse 6 contributed to a “going forward vision for U.S. coinage.”
Robert Hoge was next, and agreed with Ms. Stevens-Sollman on the busyness of obverse 8. He also mentioned that reverse 3 was a “border of dots, not denticles”, and that while reverse 6 had “exciting elements”, the use of frosting moved it away from coinage.
Erik Jansen closed the individual comments section with a note from his wife and twin 9-year-old Girl Scout daughters that the terms Courage, Confidence, and Character were “really important” to them. He also questioned the appearance of the hair of the oldest girl in obverse 9, and felt that “the train had left” with regards to reverse 6.
The votes for the obverse designs were as follows (DNC – Did Not Consider)
|1 – 15 points||2 – 6 points||3 – 10 points||4 – DNC||5 – DNC|
|6 – 15 points||7 – DNC||8 – 4 points||9 – 22 points||10 – 0 points|
|11 – 0 points|
With 22 points, obverse 9 received the committee’s recommendation.
The votes for the reverse designs were as follows:
|1 – 2 points||2 – 1 point||3 – 0 points||4 – 0 points||5 – 0 points|
|6 – 28 points||7 – DNC||8 – 0 points||9 – DNC||10 – 0 points|
With 28 points, reverse 6 received the committee’s recommendation.
There were two motions regarding recommended alterations to the designs. The first, by Jeanne Stevens-Sollman, was to replace the phrase ‘100 Years of Girl Scouts’ with ‘Courage, Confidence, Character’ on obverse 9. This motion was passed on an 8-2 vote. The second, by Michael Olson, was to replace the plain trefoil on obverse 9 with the 100th anniversary trefoil, as well as transpose the positions of ‘100 Years’ and ‘E Pluribus Unun’ on reverse 6. This motion passed on a unanimous vote.
All Obverse Design Candidates
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