history on Twitter
by Dave Harper
A new page was
turned yesterday at a meeting of the Citizens
Coin Advisory Committee.
Member Donald Scarinci sent out Tweets on
Twitter as the meeting progressed. Since I was
not in Philadelphia to attend the meeting,
having on-the-spot commentary was both
interesting and helpful.
I hope others feel this way and he will make
Tweets a regular part of his role at CCAC.
Don told me that he started using Twitter just
“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.
Naturally the primary purpose of the CCAC
meeting was to choose a reverse design for the
2011 Native American dollar that it can
recommend to the Treasury secretary, who makes
the final decision. However, we might well
remember it for the Tweets instead.
The CCAC endorsed a design that was also
endorsed by the Commission of Fine Arts. It
depicts a peace pipe being passed with just the
pipe and the hands shown.
It marks the Wampanoag Treaty of 1621.
What I am really jealous of is not the Tweets so
much as the tour of the Philadelphia Mint where
the CCAC members were shown the new five-ounce
silver America the Beautiful coins. These will
have the same design as the program's
Because they have to be three-inches in
diameter, the five-ounce silver coins are very
thin and have to be struck on a Graebener
coining press that was specially purchased for
Congratulations, Don, on taking us all another
step into the 21st century.
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