The 11-member Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee will be at full
strength Sept. 21 when its newest member, Pennsylvania collector
Thomas J. Uram, is sworn in.
Uram, a longtime numismatist and GOP supporter, was appointed to
the CCAC by Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio.
The appointment is one of four made by the congressional
leadership. Uram fills a vacancy created in 2010 by the expiration of
the term of the Rev. Dr. Richard Meier of Rockford, Ill.
Uram will take the oath of office for a four-year term at the
Sept. 21 CCAC meeting, during which the panel will review designs for
several coin and medal programs, and also review its annual report to Congress.
The CCAC session will be held a day after the Commission of Fine
Arts will review the same designs.
Uram has 38 years of numismatic experience and leadership
experience in numismatic associations. Uram has been president of the
George Washington Numismatic Association since 1998. He joined the
American Numismatic Association as a life member in 1974.
Uram is also a member of the Western Pennsylvania Numismatic
Society, Central States Numismatic Society, Florida United
Numismatists, and the South Hills Coin Club, and is a life member of
the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists.
Uram holds a bachelor of arts degree in business administration,
with a concentration in finance, from the University of Kentucky.
During its Sept. 21 meeting at U.S. Mint headquarters in
Washington, D.C., CCAC members are scheduled to:
➤ Review and discuss candidate reverse designs for the 2013 Native
➤ Review and discuss proposed themes for the reverse of the 2014
and 2015 Native American dollars.
➤ Review and discuss candidate designs for two Code Talkers
congressional gold medals.
➤ Review and approve the 2011 Annual Report (must be submitted to
Congress annually by Sept. 30).
The 13 proposed 2013 Native American dollar designs are thematic
of the Sept. 17, 1778, Treaty signed at Fort Pitt between the United
States of America and the Lenape, also known as the Delaware Indians.
Images representing the treaty, as well as turtle tribal symbols,
adorn some of the proposed designs, according to the Mint.
It is anticipated nearly two dozen individually designed Code
Talkers medals could be issued representing separate tribes whose
members were code talkers. Under consideration at the September CCAC
and CFA meetings are designs for medals honoring code talkers from the
Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe.
At its Sept. 20 meeting in Washington, the CFA will review the
same proposed designs for the 2013 Native American dollar reverse, as
well as the proposed designs for the Code Talkers medals. ■