The Commission of Fine Arts is moving toward a process that should make its recommendations more like those of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
Meeting in Washington March 20, the CFA — the federal government’s oldest coin review panel — invoked the new process as it informally reviewed designs for 11 coins and one medal.
Only three members of the seven commission members were present for the session, making all of the recommendations subject to approval by the commission at its April 17 meeting.
A commission official said after the meeting that the full commission is unlikely to change any of the coin recommendations.
Most of the CFA’s recommendations for six Presidential dollar coins, three U.S. Marshals Service commemorative coins, two Native American dollar reverses and one congressional gold medal are similar to those the CCAC made earlier in the month.
Speeding up review process
CFA Executive Secretary Thomas Luebke said the commission’s initiating the new process should make the CFA’s coin review process faster by reducing the number of coin designs the panel reviews.
This should give the panel more time to deal with proposed federal buildings and memorials in Washington, projects that constitute the majority of its workload.
Instead of reviewing all the coin designs that the U.S. Mint has been showing to the CCAC, the new process will restrict the CFA’s public reviews to designs that have been endorsed by the CCAC or stakeholder groups that have an interest in the coins or medals.
All the Mint designs were sent to the commission members prior to the meeting, and Mint officials said they were free to call any of them up for discussion.