The Commission of Fine
Arts recommended designs Feb. 18 for the 2017 Effigy
Mounds National Monument and Ellis
Island National Monument quarter dollars that differ from the preferences Feb. 16 of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
At their respective meetings in October 2015, the CCAC rejected the
proposed designs for the Effigy Mounds and Ellis Islands coins, while
the CFA made no recommendations for the Effigy Mounds quarter dollar.
The CFA, however, reviewed the same designs Feb. 18 for both coins
as the CCAC did two days before: newly offered proposals for the two
groups' review, along with the previous submissions.
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The CFA recommended two nearly identical designs for the Effigy
Mounds coin without making a specific recommendation for either
design. Both show the bears and eagle mounds from the Major Bear
Mounds Group at the Iowa site. The only apparent differences between
the designs are in what appear to be suggested texturings of either
the mounds or the surrounding coin surfaces.
However, at its Feb. 18 meeting, the CFA recommended a proposed
design for the Ellis Island coin differing from the one it had
recommended at its Oct. 15, 2015, session.
The latest design recommended shows an immigrant family of four
behind the rail on a ship arriving at Ellis Island, facing toward the
main building in the background. The father points toward the
building, apparently speaking to his family; his young son leans on
the railing, looking toward the building, while the mother, holding
her toddler daughter in her left arm, watches the child's face, which
is also focused toward the building.
In October, the CFA originally selected an Ellis Island design that
is an earlier version of the last-minute submission the CCAC selected
Feb. 16 as its recommendation.