By Numismatic News
The peace pipe
design won again. The Citizens Coinage Advisory
Committee’s design selection for the reverse of
the 2011 Native American dollar coin on April 27
was the same as that chosen by the Commission of
Fine Arts, which had met on April 15.
The two government bodies make their nonbinding
recommendations to the Treasury secretary, who
will make the final choice.
History was made at the Philadelphia meeting as
member Donald Scarinci sent tweets over Twitter
as the meeting progressed.
“This is probably numismatic history because it
is the first time a CCAC meeting will be
reported on Twitter,” he wrote me in an e-mail
Scarinci noted that three interest groups were
in favor of the peace pipe design, which shows
just the pipe and the hands holding it. It marks
the Wampanoag Treaty of 1621.
When the CCAC members registered their opinions,
the peace pipe, which was design No. 6, had 16
of 24 votes. Design No. 2 was second with 10
Mitch Sanders, who had served as chairman from
2005 until March of this year, received an award
for his service, including a medal.
Gary Marks is the new chairman.
Member Joe Winter was recognized for his four
years of service.
Following the meeting, CCAC members were given a
tour of the Philadelphia Mint where they saw the
new five-ounce silver America the Beautiful
coins, which have the same design as the
program’s circulating quarters.
The silver coins are three-inches in diameter
and are very thin. They are struck on a
Graebener coining press that was specially
purchased for this purpose.
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