The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee at its March 10 meeting found it was easier to select presidents for the nation’s coins than Native Americans.
During the first day of a two-day review of proposed coin and medal designs, the panel moved through images for six presidents much faster than it did for images of the American Indians who helped build Manhattan’s skyscrapers or saved U.S. forces in two wars.
Of course, it didn’t seem to hurt that the panel was stunned by the beauty of the Native American coin designs but less than thrilled by the images the Mint’s artists had created for the presidents whose dollar coins will be issued in 2015 and 2016.
The eight committee members present at the March 10 session at U.S. Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., were so split over the proposed presidential images that they could not initially muster enough votes to formally endorse any of the images proposed for Richard M. Nixon or Gerald R. Ford for 2016 Presidential dollar coins.
After deadlocking over two Nixon designs, the panel voted to endorse a profile of Nixon after CCAC Chair Gary Marks endorsed the design. “It’s all about the nose,” said Marks. “This is the quintessential Nixon.”
Letting this Nixon design win “by a nose” would be a good thing, joked Erik Jansen in agreement.
“It is an unmistakable nose,” said Heidi Wastweet, a sculptor member on the CCAC panel.
The panel backed the Nixon profile by a 6-to-1 vote.
For the Ford design, the panel was split between three designs, with none securing enough votes for an endorsement. The panel agreed to endorse a design that had secured the most points by a 6-to-0 vote.
In contrast, the eight CCAC members had no trouble selecting a favorite image of Harry S. Truman from five proposed images.