With just over six months remaining in his second four-year term, President Obama is going to receive medallic recognition from the U.S. Mint.
Proposed designs for two presidential medals, to be produced in bronze in 1.3125-inch and 3-inch versions, are to be reviewed June 27 by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The committee meeting is open to the public and is being held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar on the campus of Colorado College.
The CCAC meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Mountain Time in Gaylord Hall, on the first floor of the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.
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CCAC members are also slated to review proposed designs for the five 2018 America the Beautiful quarter dollars; discuss the future palladium bullion coin program, for which no coins have yet been struck; and elect three CCAC members who will join three members of the Commission of Fine Arts and the Treasury secretary in a juried design competition for the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program.
On June 28, CCAC Chairman Mary Lannin will attend a breakfast with ANA Summer Seminar participants for an informal discussion with anyone interested.
Some collector doubt had spread as to whether even one Obama Presidential medal, much less two, would be issued. The Mint has traditionally issued a medal for each president for each term in office, but until the Mint’s announcement of the June meeting agenda, it was uncertain whether any Presidential medal would be issued. No one from the Obama administration, including the president himself, had expressed an interest in the U.S. Mint’s production of a Presidential medal reflecting his first term, started in 2009.
Who may have initiated the process to have the Obama medal(s) produced was not announced.