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CCAC faces busy agenda at June 23 meeting

Miley Busiek’s Family of Eagles and John Mercanti’s Heraldic Eagle designs have graced the reverses, respectively, of the gold and silver American Eagles since the program’s introduction in 1986, through 2020.

Original images courtesy of Heritage Auctions.

Proposed new reverse designs for the gold and silver American Eagles will highlight the extensive agenda to be handled by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee during its June 23 teleconference.

The U.S. Mint’s engraving staff and outside Artistic Infusion Program artists have been busy executing candidate designs for not only the American Eagle coin reverses, but also for the:

➤ 2021 Christa McAuliffe commemorative silver dollar

➤ Larry Doby congressional gold medal

➤ 2021 United States Marine Corps silver medal

➤ Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s secretary of the Treasury bronze medals

➤ President Trump bronze Presidential medals

American Eagles

Sculptor Miley Busiek’s Family of Eagles and John Mercanti’s Heraldic Eagle reverse designs will be replaced by new designs on the American Eagle bullion coins in 2021. They have appeared, respectively, on the gold and silver American Eagles since the program was introduced in the fall of 1986.

U.S. Mint officials indicate the design changes are being introduced to coincide with the implementation of anti-counterfeiting features at the production stage.

The redesigned reverses will be introduced first on bullion releases dated 2021. The anti-counterfeiting measures and new designs will be introduced later on the Proof and other collector versions.

McAuliffe dollar

Public Law 116-65, authorizing the McAuliffe silver dollar, calls for the production and release in Proof and Uncirculated versions combined of a maximum of 350,000 coins.

McAuliffe, a social studies teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, was selected to be the first participant in NASA’s Teacher in Space program.

On Jan. 28, 1986, McAuliffe and six other astronauts were tragically killed during the space shuttle Challenger disaster. The shuttle was launched on a very cold morning, which compromised the integrity of certain components, leading to the accident.

Each commemorative coin sold by the United States Mint will carry a $10 surcharge. Net surcharges, after the Mint recoups all of its production and associated costs, are to be forwarded to the “FIRST robotics program for the purpose of engaging and inspiring young people, through mentor-based programs, to become leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Commemorative silver dollars in recent years have been struck at the Philadelphia Mint.

Doby gold medal

The Larry Doby gold medal was authorized under Public Law 115-322 “in recognition of his achievements and contributions to American major league athletics, civil rights, and the Armed Forces during World War II.”

On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball’s American League.

Once the Doby gold medal is presented, the U.S. Mint will offer to collectors 1.5-inch and 3-inch bronze duplicates of the gold medal.

Doby attended Long Island University on a basketball scholarship before enlisting in the United States Navy during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy in 1946, Doby played baseball in the Negro National League for the Newark Eagles.

Semper Fi

The U.S. Marines silver medal for 2021 is among the series of ongoing medals honoring the branches of the U.S. military.

The U.S. Marine Corps began when two battalions of Continental Marines were formed on Nov. 10, 1775, in Philadelphia as a service branch of infantry troops capable of fighting both at sea and on shore.

The Marine Corps has been a component of the U.S. Department of the Navy since June 30, 1834.

For 2020, the U.S. Mint is planning to produce a 2.5-ounce silver medal honoring the United States Air Force.

The medal will contain 2.5 ounces of .999 fine silver and measure 2 inches in diameter and exhibit a Matte Finish.

In 2021, the U.S. Mint is already scheduled to also release a 2.5-ounce silver medal honoring the U.S. Navy.

Trump, Mnuchin medals

The U.S. Mint will issue 1.3125-inch and 3-inch medals in bronze, two medals apiece separately recognizing President Donald J. Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Production of these medals will be executed at the Philadelphia Mint, as such medals have been for previous administrations.

The medals do not bear a Mint mark indicating the Mint facility that produced them.

Both issues are part of ongoing medal series from the United States Mint.

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