The peace pipe design won again. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee’s design selection for the reverse of the 2011 Native American dollar coin on April 27 was the same as that chosen by the Commission of Fine Arts, which had met on April 15.
The two government bodies make their nonbinding recommendations to the Treasury secretary, who will make the final choice.
History was made at the Philadelphia meeting as member Donald Scarinci sent tweets over Twitter as the meeting progressed.
“This is probably numismatic history because it is the first time a CCAC meeting will be reported on Twitter,” he wrote me in an e-mail beforehand.
Scarinci noted that three interest groups were in favor of the peace pipe design, which shows just the pipe and the hands holding it. It marks the Wampanoag Treaty of 1621.
When the CCAC members registered their opinions, the peace pipe, which was design No. 6, had 16 of 24 votes. Design No. 2 was second with 10 votes.
Mitch Sanders, who had served as chairman from 2005 until March of this year, received an award for his service, including a medal.
Gary Marks is the new chairman.
Member Joe Winter was recognized for his four years of service.
Following the meeting, CCAC members were given a tour of the Philadelphia Mint where they saw the new five-ounce silver America the Beautiful coins, which have the same design as the program’s circulating quarters.
The silver coins are three-inches in diameter and are very thin. They are struck on a Graebener coining press that was specially purchased for this purpose.