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CCAC chooses four portraits

With 44 designs to choose from, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee had a wide selection for the four 2013 Presidential $1 coins.

“We’ve seen a lot of improvement in that way,” said CCAC Chairman Gary Marks. “There was a time we were getting two or three designs per coin. Now we’re averaging 10 proposed designs for each coin face we’re asked to weigh in on.”

The 2013 $1 coins honor William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson.

For McKinley, CCAC members overwhelmingly went with design No. 1, with eight of the nine members present giving it the highest possible score. It received 24 of a possible 27 points.

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“It is a very well rendered depiction of the President,” Marks said. “It captured his likeness and it captured the sense of the man who was a visionary and a thinking man.”

For Roosevelt, design No. 1 garnered 25 of 27 possible points. “Every member gave it points,” Marks said.

The image captured the energetic, flamboyant and mischievous nature of Roosevelt, Marks said.

“He was a man larger than life,’ Marks said. “As a package, this design seemed to capture all of those elements.”

For Taft, members preferred design No. 1 giving it 22 of 27 votes. Members felt it was a good image that accurately reflected his physical appearance and captured a sense of his person, Marks said. Design No. 5, which was similar, received 15 votes.

For Wilson, the voting was a bit closer. Design No. 2, a profile, garnered 17 votes, while designs No. 3 and 6 each received 15 votes.

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“Members felt it was an interesting depiction of a President who was a deeply intellectual thinking man, reserved in nature,” Marks said. “Design No. 2 captured him appropriately.”

The CCAC also discussed its upcoming 2011 annual report and the commemorative coins it will recommend for 2015 and 2016. Two coins are recommended for each year, however it has already endorsed a 2015 coin commemorating the battle of New Orleans.

Marks said members discussed a 2015 coin marking the 150th anniversary of enactment of the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery.

For 2016, it discussed coins commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the 150th anniversary of the transatlantic cable that revolutionized communication, Marks said.

The committee will act on the recommendations in October and approve the 2011 annual report at its Nov. 29 meeting.

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