The United States Mint has announced that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will be holding a meeting later this month. The meeting, which will be held via teleconference and is open to the public, is scheduled for April 19, 2022 at 9:00 AM Eastern. The meeting is expected to held until 3:00 PM Eastern that afternoon. The agenda for the meeting is focused on 2023 coin design reviews.
Specifically, the agenda calls for the committee to review the Reverse design candidates for the 2023 American Women Quarters and the Reverse design candidates for the 2023 Native American Dollar. As readers may recall, the Mint has already announced the honorees for the 2023 American Women Quarter Program. These include:
- Bessie Coleman – pilot, advocate, and pioneer who flew to great heights as the first African American and first Native American woman pilot, as well as the first African American to earn an international pilot’s license.
- Jovita Idár – Mexican American journalist, activist, teacher, and suffragist. She devoted her life to fighting against separatist ideologies and sought to create a better future for Mexican Americans.
- Edith Kanakaʻole – indigenous Hawaiian composer, chanter, dancer, teacher, and entertainer. Her moʻolelo, or stories, served to rescue aspects of Hawaiian history, customs, and traditions that were disappearing due to the cultural bigotry of the time.
- Eleanor Roosevelt – first lady, author, reformer, and leader. As chairperson of the Human Rights Commission where she oversaw the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and as the first chair of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, she advocated diligently for the civil liberties and needs of the poor, minorities, and the disadvantaged.
- Maria Tallchief – America’s first prima ballerina, she broke barriers as a Native American ballerina who exhibited strength and resilience both on and off the stage.
As for the 2023 Native American Dollar, the coin will honor Charles Alexander Eastman. Eastman was the first Native American to be certified in Western medicine. He was a writer, national lecturer, and reformer. In the early 20th century, he was “one of the most prolific authors and speakers on Sioux ethnohistory and American Indian affairs.”
The meeting is open to the pubic and you can listen in to the meeting by calling (888) 330-1716, access code 1137147. Please note that dial-in access is listen only and your phone must be kept on mute so as not to disturb the meeting.
About the CCAC
In accordance with 31 U.S.C. 5135, the CCAC:
- Advises the Secretary of the Treasury on any theme or design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals, and national and other medals.
- Advises the Secretary of the Treasury with regards to the events, persons, or places to be commemorated by the issuance of commemorative coins in each of the five calendar years succeeding the year in which a commemorative coin designation is made.
- Makes recommendations with respect to the mintage level for any commemorative coin recommended.
The CCAC was established in 2003 by Congress under Public Law 108-15.