Gary Marks: It’s all about the art says Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee panelist

Outgoing CCAC chairman pursues opportunities to expand creativity
By , Coin World
Published : 07/09/15
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Oct. 8 will be Gary Marks’ last Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting as a member. Marks’ tenure as chairman ended with the May 27 selection of CCAC member Mary Lannin as the new chairman.

Marks’ departure from the CCAC will allow him to devote more time to his self-taught avocation of medallic art. Marks carried his artistic passion to his service on the CCAC.

A dedicated numismatist for more than 40 years, Marks was first appointed to the CCAC in 2007 by Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. as one of three members of the 11-person advisory panel appointed to represent the interests of the general public.

Marks was appointed to a second four-year term in 2011 by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. Marks was first designated as CCAC chairman in March 2010 by Geithner and has been reappointed annually since by Geithner and his successor, Jack Lew.

Currently the city manager of Lebanon in his home state of Oregon, Marks has managed cities in Montana, Idaho, and Oregon over the past 23 years.

While working as the city manager for Whitefish, Mont., Marks served as a commissioner for the 2007 Montana Quarter Design Selection Commission, executive director of the Whitefish Centennial Medallion Commission, and chairman of the Whitefish Bronze Sculpture Committee.

Young numismatist

Marks said he became enamored with coins in 1973 when his mother gave him her blue Whitman coin folder partially filled with Lincoln cents from her childhood.

“Coin collecting fascinates and interests me because it involves the confluence of history, art, the challenge of gathering multi-year sets and the investment aspects of rarity and precious metals,” Marks said.

Until he recently sold them, Marks for 14 years had focused his collecting on U.S. half dollars from 1818 to 1891 and on assembling a complete collection of half dollars from 1892 to the present. Marks said he now just focuses his attention on coins and medals with special design aesthetics.

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