Three New Commems
By Numismatic News
A 2012 coin
would mark the bicentennial of “The Star
Spangled Banner,” a 2013 coin would mark the
50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I
Have a Dream” speech, and a 2014 coin would
recognize the National Fallen Firefighters
The recommendations are contained in the CCAC
2009 annual report, which was acted upon when it
met Feb. 23.
As for circulating commemoratives, the CCAC
recommended a redesign of George Washington’s
image on the obverse of the quarter, according
to CCAC Chairman Mitch Sanders.
It would also like to see a five-year program
focused on introducing modern Liberty designs on
circulating coinage, with one design a year
being introduced, Sanders said.
The CCAC also recommended a redesign of the
American Eagle silver bullion coin in light of
its use for 25 years, Sanders said, with a
single artist designing both the obverse and
reverse of the coin.
And it endorsed the “Expressions of America” art
medals program that would provide opportunities
for innovation and advanced design techniques,
The CCAC also provided comments on proposed
design narratives for 2011 First Spouse bullion
coins and medals. After comments by Doreen
Bolger and John Alexander, the committee was
generally most favorable toward narratives
related to significant, historical
contributions, Sanders said.
Specifically, comments were most positive about
the narrative for Eliza Johnson that focused on
her early marriage, the narrative that told of
Julia Grant following her husband to military
outposts, Lucy Hayes’ introduction of the Easter
egg roll at the White House (a tradition that
continues to this day) and Lucretia Garfield’s
front porch campaign for her husband’s election.
The committee will later see designs related to
these and other narratives as part of the final
design selection process, Sanders said.