Heidi Wastweet Appointed to CCAC
Answering a call
that went out in October of last year, Heidi
Wastweet of Seattle Washington has been
appointed to the Citizenís Coinage Advisory
Committee (CCAC) by Treasury Secretary Timothy
Wastweet, a well-known sculptor and medallist,
replaces former CCAC member Sherl Joseph Winter
whose term expired last September. Both have an
expertise in sculpture or medallic arts and were
appointed to lend their artistic knowledge to
Wastweet was drawn to art at a very early age.
"I had mysteriously declared my decision to be
an artist at the age of just 6 years old and
began drawing constantly, but when I started
sculpting at age 18 something really clicked,"
The qualifications for Wastweet speak for
themselves. Since 1987, she has been directly
involved with the creation of over 1,000 coins,
medals, tokens and rare coin replicas.
She held the position of chief engraver and
medallic sculptor at the Sunshine Mint for
eleven years where she participated in all
aspects of the minting process from design to
production. Sunshine is one of the U.S. Mintís
main suppliers of coin blanks for American
Wastweet moved on to head the sculpting
department at Global Mint for five years before
opening her own studio in 2001 (visit her Web
site at www.wastweetstudio.com).
Medal and coin credits include a seven coin set
issued by the Sultanate of Darfur, the Deanís
Award for Seattle University School of Law,
Alumnus Award for Stephen F. Austin University,
Mayo Clinic visiting physicians medal, Stanford
University Alumni medal and Island records
Willie Nelson portrait.
Wastweet is currently a member and participant
of several artistic associations. Some of her
most recent works include collaboration on the
Medal of Honor Monument at the University of
Washington and Life of St. Paul cast bronze
relief panels on the 12-foot high doors of St.
Paulís Catholic Church in Pensacola, Fl.
About the CCAC
The Citizenís Coinage Advisory Committee is an
11-member panel established in 2003 by Congress
to advise the Treasury Secretary on designs and
themes for all U.S. coins and medals. Members
serve four year terms after being appointed by
the Secretary with each position dedicated to
certain qualifications, including one who is an
expert in medallic arts or sculpture. Other
a person who is specially qualified in American
one individual qualified in numismatics,
three who represent the interests of the general
four who are recommended by Congressional
This appointment leaves two positions open on
the CCAC. One is currently held by John K.
Alexander, a University of Cincinnati history
professor whose expertise in American history
qualified him for the post. His term technically
ended last year, but was extended six months at
the request of Secretary Geithner. The other
position is to draw from the general public and
replaces Dr. Mitchell Sanders whose term ends