An eagle design originally considered for the reverse of the 2015 U.S. Marshals Service gold $5 half eagle is recommended, with modifications, to replace the familiar Heraldic Eagle design of John Mercanti currently on the reverse of all versions of the silver American Eagles.
Greg Weinman, the member of the U.S. Mint’s legal staff that advises the CCAC, said the Mint has the authority to execute an art medal program without requiring design approval from Congress, the Treasury secretary or anyone else.
Marks said an annual program offering one or two medals per year would provide Mint artists the opportunity to design medals according to specific themes, but without individual restrictions.
Everhart said he would “jump at the chance” to have the artistic freedom to design such medals.
Scarinci, a collector and specialist in art medals, said the art medal program is one whose “time has come” and would “encourage artists to be artists.”
Also discussed was taking up, at a future CCAC meeting, the topic of changing Miley Busiek Frost’s “Family of Eagles” design, which has appeared on the reverse of all versions of gold American Eagles since October 1986.