Commemorative coins will be in spotlght this week.
Starting Tuesday, collectors and members of the two federal panels
that review the United States Mint’s designs for coins and medals will
get their first look at candidate designs for the 2019 American Legion
Commemorative Coin Program.
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee will review the designs
Tuesday, March 13, and the Commission of Fine Arts will do the same on
Thursday, March 15.
The American Legion program will be the latest in a years-long run
of commemorative coins for service organizations. Since 2015, Congress
has required production of commemorative coins for the March of Dimes,
Boys Town, Lions Club Interational, and agencies that will benefit
from sales of the Breast Cancer Awareness coins, which go on sale
In general, sales of these commemorative coins have been somewhat
lackluster when compared to themes that have broader appeal. That,
however, has not stopped Congress from authorizing such programs.
Another coin program will also be in the spotlight this week as
well. The CCAC will hold a discussion of concepts and themes for the
Native American $1 Coin Program beyond 2020.