This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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It is not quite blink and you missed it, but anybody who was interested in becoming a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee representing numismatics was alerted to the opening by the U.S. Mint March 23 and deadline for the submission of the application was April 8.
Unless you were reading your news online, you probably had no chance to respond.
The Mint’s solicitation said, “individuals wanting to be considered for appointment as a CCAC member who is specially qualified in numismatics by virtue of education, training or experience should submit a letter, along with a resume or curriculum vitae, detailing specific educational credentials, skills, talents and experience.
“Applications should be submitted by fax to (202) 756-6525, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to the United States Mint, 801 9th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20220, Attn: Greg Weinman.”
Mailed submissions could be postmarked no later than April 8.
Applications will be reviewed and recommendations will be sent to the Treasury secretary’s office for consideration.
The 11-member body is selected to represent a variety of interests and political views.
According to the Mint descriptions of CCAC members, “one is specially qualified in numismatic collection curation; one specially qualified in the medallic arts or sculpture; one specially qualified in American history; one specially qualified in numismatics; three individuals representing the interests of the general public; and four individuals recommended by the leadership of both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.”
Terms are four years in length. CCAC members are considered to be Special Government Employees, who are subject to applicable conflict of interest laws and ethics regulations.
Though the Commission of Fine Arts has been reviewing coin and medal designs and making recommendations to the Treasury secretary since 1910, the CCAC was created by Congress in 2003 to make recommendations to the secretary of the Treasury regarding themes and design proposals for circulating coinage, bullion coinage, congressional gold medals and other medals.”
The body also considers events, persons, or places to be honored with commemorative coins. Appropriate mintage levels are considered and commemorative coin design alternatives examined.
It also recently undertook an effort to review the Mint’s design process to improve the overall artistic quality of American coinage.
Final decisions are made by the Treasury secretary after considering the CCAC’s input.