The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee has recommended significant
changes to the U.S. Mint's 2015 High Relief gold coin.
According to Coin World Washington correspondent Bill
McAllister, the CCAC, in its morning meeting on Jan. 27, recommended a
denominational change, from $75 to $100, and use of a larger planchet
(40.6 millimeters versus 36 millimeters). Both suggestions are
contrary to the U.S. Mint's plans.
In addition, CCAC members voted unanimously to recommend two of the
the same designs (one obverse and one reverse) for the gold coin
recommended by the Commission of Fine Arts in its meeting on Jan.
22, potentially easing the decision of Treasury Secretary Jacob
Lew, who is constitutionally empowered to make decisions about coinage designs.
The CCAC and CFA both recommend the Mint's No. 11 obverse. The
design depicts Liberty holding an American flag and a torch. Some
critics of the design have suggested that the figure resembles actor
and director Angelina Jolie. The CFA also recommended a second design.
The CCAC- and CFA-recommended reverse design depicts a bald eagle in
flight with a peace branch in its talons. The design, the Mint's No.
1, was one of two the CFA recommended for the gold coin's reverse.
The CCAC also voted unanimously to urge that the high relief coins
be made an ongoing Mint series.
Coin World will have additional details as they become
available from the meeting.
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