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Better coin designs on the horizon?

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How does a piece of Congressional legislation passed into law manifest itself into a design that is minted and distributed by the U.S. Mint to the Federal Reserve or directly to numismatists?
And what might be changed in the process to improve the quality of coin designs?

That’s what the Subcommittee on Coin Design Excellence has set out to do. It met July 26 in Philadelphia to begin its work.

“We are investigating the design development process,” said subcommittee Chairman Gary Marks. “We want to find out what needs to be changed to bring about a design renaissance.

“The process here is the focal point.”

The subcommittee will complete its work by Oct. 31 and will present a report to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The CCAC will review the report, revise it as needed and make recommendations to the secretary of the Treasury.

“Between now and then I don’t expect the subcommittee will make reports to anybody about what we’re doing,” Marks said. “We’re going to keep our nose in the work of what we have to do.”

A week earlier, Marks addressed a congressional subcommittee on the matter of design quality for coins and medals produced by the Mint.

His point: designs are cluttered and  unfocused. Quality is lacking.


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