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CCAC brainstorms coin ideas

Themes for 2006 through 2010 commemoratives discussed.
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In putting together its annual report, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee went over suggestions for future U.S. commemorative coins.

The CCAC met Nov. 15, to tie up loose ends related to the final report, which is not quite finished.

Ideas for 2006 commemoratives include the 100th anniversary of the San Francisco Mint’s survival of the earthquake that took place in 1906, which is pending in Congress.

Two silver dollars honoring Benjamin Franklin have already been approved for 2006.

For 2007, the 50th anniversary of the desegregation of the Little Rock, Ark., High School will be commemorated and CCAC suggested the 100th anniversary of the birth of environmentalist Rachel Carson be added.

Possible 2008 themes include the 150th anniversary of the birth of Teddy Roosevelt and the 50th anniversary of NASA and the Jet Propulsion Labratory.

For 2009, potential themes include the 200th anniversaries of the birth of Louis Braille and the patent issued for Robert Fulton’s steam boat. There is also pending legislation for circulating commemorative cents marking the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth.

Lastly, the CCAC reviewed possible suggestions for 2010 commemoratives, one of which would combine the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express and the 50th anniversary of the Echo Communication Satellite. Another potential commemorative would salute living disabled American veterans.

This was the first CCAC meeting for new members Sherl Joseph Winter and John K. Alexander. It was also the first meeting following Mitchell Sanders’ appointment as chairperson. Sanders had been the acting chairperson since the May 26 resignation of Tom Noe.

The next CCAC meeting is scheduled for Jan. 19, at which time the organization is expected to review all designs for the 2007 state quarters.