The 11-member Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee unanimously adopted a resolution Sept. 24 formally calling for the Treasury secretary’s approval of a proposal for series of annual arts medals.
Under the proposal, two separate medal series would be offered — one dated, with an American Liberty theme that would change annually, and a second, freestyle medal, changing annually, that would provide interested artists with unrestricted design possibilities.
American Liberty medals
As envisioned, the proposal calls for a new American Liberty on the obverse of each medal in this series, while an American eagle would be incorporated on the reverse of each series medal.
The CCAC recommends that the U.S. Mint specify the medal be produced on a 1-ounce .999 fine silver planchet, with the medal having a diameter of 40.6 millimeters.
When appropriate to a particular design, the medal should be produced also in bronze or silver as a 76.2-millimeter or 3-inch medal.
“The larger size, when utilized, should allow, in consultation with the artist, for variation in finishes and the use of polish and patina,” according to the CCAC’s adopted resolution.
Designs submitted but not approved could be reconsidered by the CCAC with the following year’s submissions.
The second annually produced medal should be a freestyle art medal, according to the CCAC’s resolution.