The United States Mint has announced a public meeting on January 26, 2010, by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) to review candidate designs for next year’s 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters.
The CCAC is one of the organizations responsible for reviewing and recommending US medal and coinage designs and themes to the Secretary of the Treasury. In the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, the US Mint creates a handful of designs in line art form for each quarter-dollar, which are then reviewed, tweaked, etc. Eventually, the US Mint Director makes recommendations to the Secretary who is charged with selecting a final design for the specific national park or national site being honored.
The 2011 America the Beautiful Quarters will commemorate:
- 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
Those who are not familiar with how coins are made may think a review of 2011 designs in January of 2010 is early. However, the US Mint likes to get as much lead time as possible, as it will eventually strike hundreds of millions of the quarters for circulation, and millions for coin collectors.
The 2010 quarter design candidates were reviewed back in 2009. An announcement is expected in February that will reveal the designs for this year’s quarters honoring: Hot Springs National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon.
The CCAC meeting is scheduled to start at 9 AM and last until 11:30 AM ET on Tuesday, Jan. 26. The meeting will occur at:
United States Mint Headquarters
801 9th St. NW
5th Floor, North Conference Room
Washington, D.C. 20220
The public and media are invited.