The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee is getting a new celebrity member.
The United States Mint announced in a press release on Jan. 19 that
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been appointed to serve on the
panel, which reviews and recommends proposed designs for coins and
medals issued by the Mint.
Abdul-Jabbar will be replacing Coin World editor-at-large Steve Roach,
who resigned from the CCAC earlier this year, as a voice on the panel
that is meant to represent the interests of the general public.
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The NBA’s all-time leading scorer (38,387 career points) who played
for the Milwaukee Bucks from 1969 to 1975 and the L.A. Lakers from
1975 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar is an avid coin collector who got into the
hobby because of his love for history and his interest in Alexander Hamilton.
Abdul-Jabbar is also known for his movie roles, including his famous
cameo in the goofball comedy Airplane!
The basketball hall-of-famer is the chairman of his Skyhook
Foundation, named for his signature basketball shot. The
foundation strives to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t be Blocked” through
increased educational opportunities in underserved communities, and
outdoor environmental education.
He is a contributing columnist to The Washington
Post and Time Magazine, and a best-selling author.
Abdul-Jabbar was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by
President Barack Obama on Nov. 23, 2016, in recognition of his
outspoken advocacy of social justice.
What is the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee?
Here's how the Mint release describes the CCAC:
The CCAC, established by an Act of Congress in 2003, advises the
secretary of the Treasury on theme or design proposals relating to
circulating coinage, bullion coinage, congressional gold medals and
other medals produced by the United States Mint. The CCAC also makes
commemorative coin recommendations to the Treasury secretary and
advises on the events, persons or places to be commemorated, as well
as on the mintage levels and proposed designs.
The CCAC is subject to the authority of the secretary of the
Treasury. The United States Mint is responsible for providing
necessary and appropriate administrative support, technical services
The CCAC submits an annual report to congress and the secretary of
the Treasury, describing its activities and providing recommendations.
The CCAC is not the only panel that reviews and recommends U.S. coin
and medal designs. The Commission of Fine Arts makes recommendations on the same items. The
Treasury Department considers the recommendations of both panels when
selecting final designs.