Proposed designs for four of the five America the Beautiful quarter
dollars to be released by the U.S. Mint during 2018 were recommended
June 27 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.
The panel ultimately rejected all of the proposed designs for the
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore quarter dollar after confusion
arose following a vote to select a design to recommend. The CCAC asked
the U.S. Mint to have its engraving staff and artists with the U.S.
Mint Artistic Infusion Program render a second series of designs to review.
The CCAC held its meeting followed by a public forum in conjunction
with the American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar on the campus
of Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo.
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The CCAC considered proposed designs for the quarter dollars
reflecting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan (13 designs);
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin (nine designs;
Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota (five designs); Cumberland Island
National Seashore in Georgia (13 designs); and Block Island National
Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island (12 designs).
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The same proposed designs were reviewed June 16 by the Commission of Fine Arts.
Quick question before
we get started: What is the CCAC?
The CCAC is one of two coin advisory panels, the other being
the CFA, that make recommendations on the designs of U.S. Mint
products to the U.S. Treasury, who considers the recommendations and
makes the final call.
For each new U.S. coin or medal approved for issue, both the CFA and
CCAC are provided by the U.S. Mint with proposed designs executed by
the Mint’s engraving staff and outside artists in the Artistic
For the Commission of Fine Arts, the review of coin and medal
designs is one of its many authorized responsibilities. For the
Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), it is the group’s sole responsibility.
OK, on with the CCAC recommendations.
For the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter dollar, the CCAC
recommended a design depicting Chapel Rock with a white pine growing atop
The CFA recommended another design, which Pictured Rocks National
Lakeshore officials preferred, reflecting a different rendition of
The CCAC voted on a design depicting two kayakers paddling toward the rock formations at
Devils Island among the proposed designs for the Apostle Islands
National Lakeshore quarter dollar. Before the vote was given a final
recommendation, however, questions were raised over votes placed for
two similar designs.
When CCAC members were limiting the number of proposed designs for
consideration before individual members presented further comments, it
had been suggested that two similar designs be considered as a single
unit. Each of the two features a sea arch topped with a variety of
trees growing atop them, but while one shows a pair of kayakers
paddling toward the arch, they are absent in the other design.
Some CCAC members who favored the sea arch designs indicated they
voted on the individual designs, while others voted considering the
two designs as a single unit.
CCAC member Mike Moran made a motion to reject all of the proposed
Apostle Islands coin designs. Interim motions were subsequently made
to recommend the two similar designs as a single unit, a measure that
failed. So did a motion to recommend the design that had initially
received the highest number of votes from CCAC members.
The panel eventually supported Moran's position to seek a completely
new set of designs for the Apostle Islands quarter dollar.
For the Voyageurs National Park quarter dollar, the CCAC recommended
the same design as the CFA. The design features a common loon with a rock cliff in the
background. Park officials preferred a design featuring a view of
a few of the small islands found in the waters of the park.
The CCAC's recommended design for the Cumberland Island National
Seashore quarter dollar depicts a loggerhead sea turtle swimming along the
undeveloped beach of Cumberland Island. CCAC members considered
the design one of the best they have seen for the quarter dollar
series. CCAC members endorsed the design after an impassioned pitch
from CCAC member Steve Roach, editor-at-large for Coin World,
who said the design would be thematically attractive to a lot of
collectors, especially Young Numismatists.
Cumberland Island National Seashore officials prefer a proposed
design depicting an adult and young child walking through the Island's
Live Oak trees. The CFA endorsed a proposed design depicting a snowy
egret posing on a branch on the edge of a salt marsh, ready for flight.
For the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge quarter dollar, the
CCAC recommended a design depicting a single piping plover on the rocky
beach in the foreground of Block Island with the North Light
lighthouse in the background.
The CFA recommended a proposed design that refuge officials prefer,
depicting a black-crowned night-heron flying over a view from the
beach at Cow Cove, looking toward Sandy Point. The North Light
lighthouse is in the background.