The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended April 8 a
proposed design, with modifications, to replace the Heraldic Eagle
reverse that has appeared on American Eagle silver coins since 1986.
From a list of 16 designs, culled from 44, depicting eagles
considered for previous U.S. coin and medal programs, the advisory
panel selected one that was originally submitted for possible use on
the 2015 United States Marshals Service gold $5 half eagle, but was
not recommended by either advisory panel for use in that program.
Several CCAC members indicated the recommended design is reminiscent
of the eagle in flight on the reverse of 1836 to 1839 Gobrecht dollars.
The CCAC recommends that the U.S. Mint execute several designs based
on their approved selection, but with modifications. It was
recommended that the eagle be oriented to fly slightly upward; that
the beak be modified so as not to be too close to the edge; that
renditions be produced for consideration both with and without the
olive branch, and both with and without arrows; and that appropriate
inscriptions, to include the denomination and weight and fineness in
silver, replace the inscriptions in the suggested design.
CCAC members stress that this is just the beginning of the process.
Any designs rendered by the Mint's engraving staff based on the CCAC's
direction would still need to be returned to the CCAC for review, and
be reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts before being sent to the
Treasury secretary for final approval.
Meeting by telephone, the CCAC members also directed Mint officials
to develop a proposal for a national art medals program that would
enable the Mint's engraving staff to produce designs without artistic restrictions.