Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee achieves goals at March 15 meeting

Approves African American Liberty, Reviews Boys Town designs in pairs
By , Special to Coin World
Published : 03/25/16
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Members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee secured two long-sought goals at their March 15 meeting.

The panel endorsed new designs for an African American woman as a contemporary Liberty figure on the nation’s American Liberty gold $100 coin and got the U.S. Mint to offer them coin designs in pairs — obverse and reverse — selected by coin artists.

Previously for new coins, the review panel had to create the coin by selecting an obverse and a reverse from designs grouped by the side Mint officials designated.

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To the surprise of some on the committee, this new way of selecting designs from pairs worked.

All of the recommendations for a set of three 2017 Boys Town Centennial commemorative coins were picked in proposed pairs.

A new Liberty

The selection of the new American Liberty figure for the coin so named reflects a long-time goal of members of the committee to place a more contemporary look on the allegorical figures on U.S. coin.

“It will just be beautiful,” predicted CCAC chair Mary Lannin as the panel voted for an obverse image of an African American woman wearing a crown of stars similar to the Statue of Freedom atop the U.S. Capitol.

Assuming the “modern” design wins approval from Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, the new Liberty will appear on the 2017 American Liberty, High Relief gold $100 coin and silver medals.

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