The Citizen's Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) met this morning (January 26, 2010) in Washington, D.C. for the express purpose of reviewing design candidates for the 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters to be issued next year.
The series, which launches this year with five new quarters, pays tribute to one site of national interest (usually a national park or forest) from each state, Washington, D.C. and the five U.S. territories. It is set to run until the year 2021, when the last of the 56 new quarters will be issued.
As for the Advisory Committee, it was created by Congress in 2003 for three reasons:
- To advise the Secretary of the Treasury on any coin theme or design proposals that might appear on the nation's circulating coinage, bullion, medals or any other devices issued by the United States Mint.
- Advise the Secretary of the Treasury on possible upcoming commemorative coin issues.
- Make recommendations on possible mintages for any commemorative issues.
The meeting today deals entirely with the design candidates for next year's America the Beautiful Quarters. The five sites selected for next year are: Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania, Glacier National Park in Montana, Olympic National Park in Washington, Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi and Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma.
Once they have decided on their recommendations, they will be forwarded to the Director of the United States Mint, Edmund Moy. Moy will compile their selections along with selections from the US Commission of Fine Arts (USCFA), who also reviews design candidates, and send them to the Secretary of the Treasury for final selection. After consulting with the appropriate chief executive of each host location as well as other federal government departments, the Secretary will make his selection which will be published at a later date by the Mint.
For those who are interested, the design selections for this years quarters have not yet been released, although they were reviewed last year by both the CCAC and the USCFA. They have almost certainly been chosen, but the Mint is reportedly waiting for a ceremony sometime in February to make them public.
For more information on the complete series, please see our sister site at America The Beautiful Quarters.