When the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meets April 8 by
telephone, possible change will be under consideration for the
American Eagle silver bullion coin's reverse design, in use since 1986.
The 11-member panel will also consider an arts medal program for
discussion and formal recommendation.
CCAC Chairman Gary Marks is asking each CCAC member to select five
designs from a CD containing 43 eagle-themed designs submitted, but
not recommended, for previous U.S. coin programs.
Marks will collate the designs that his fellow committee members
select into a master list for discussion purposes.
Marks says he will ask CCAC members to discuss the designs from the
master list and consider forwarding a recommendation for one of those
designs to be used on the silver American Eagle reverse.
Also to be discussed is a potential art medals program, a concept
that has been published in a number of CCAC annual reports.
Initiation in 2014 of an “Expressions of America” art medals
program, according to the CCAC, "will provide opportunities for
innovation in the use of advanced design techniques. These could
include ultra high relief, incused design treatments, laser etching,
selective gold-plating, holograms, colorization, gold cameo inserts,
holographic colors, or bi-metallic outer rings.
The program would provide for free artistic expression and the
creation of beautiful works of art focused on American themes. Annual
design themes could be developed through the U.S. Mint with final
theme selections made by the Secretary of the Treasury. The program
could be limited to not more than two medals each year.