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CCAC Grabs Glove Design
By Debbie Bradley, Numismatic News
August 02, 2013

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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It’s logical. If you have a baseball, you need a glove. A bat comes in handy too, but when you’re talking about designs for a coin that will honor America’s favorite pastime, the ball and glove are it.

A glove design for the convex reverse of the National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins received the unanimous backing of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee when it met July 23-24.

“All 10 CCAC members gave the glove design their top score,” said CCAC Chairman Gary Marks. With each member able to cast three votes, that gave it a perfect score of 30.

The CCAC also saw the final design – a baseball – selected for the convex reverse of the coin. It was basically the design alternative that mint sculptor/engraver Don Everhart has sketched at prior CCAC meeting when designs for the coin’s reverse were reviewed.

The glove design was the same one recommended Commission of Fine Arts.

The CCAC also reviewed designs for the reverse of the 2014 Native American $1 coin. The theme emphasizes the hospitality, friendship and supplies provided by Native Americans that contributed to the success of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Members preferred a design depicting a Native American man offering a pipe and his wife offering provisions of fish, corn, roots and gourds.

A portrait of Sacagawea, who served as a guide for the expedition, will continue to be featured on the coin’s obverse.

The CCAC reviewed 15 obverse and 10 reverse designs for the 2014 silver dollar coin commemorating the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

It chose obverse no. 10, giving it 24 out of 30 possible points. The design features the Liberty bell as a national symbol of freedom and depicts the March on Washington.

“The committee appreciated the modern design showing the March on Washington from the view of the Lincoln Memorial, the view Martin Luther King would have seen,” Marks said.

The CCAC did ask that the vibrating bands around the bell symbolizing King’s call to “Let Freedom Ring” be more pronounced, Marks said.


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It gave 25 points to reverse No. 2, an image of an eternal flame. The three bands in the flame represent the freedom of education, freedom to vote and freedom to control one’s own destiny, Marks said.

“The modern rendering of this design paired with the modern obverse should create a very attractive coin,” Marks said.

Four little girls who lost their lives when a bomb went off in 1963 at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., will be honored with a Congressional gold medal with bronze duplicates. It will commemorate the lives of Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, who were among the worshipers in the predominately black congregation.

The CCAC preferred obverse design 1A, which features silhouettes of the four girls and their names. It received 29 of 30 votes.

Marks said the committee did recommend that the names of the girls be placed on the perimeter of the coin, rather than stacked in the middle. The inscription “Pivotal in the Struggle for Equality” would be placed in the center of the coin.

It chose reverse design No. 6A, which shows the church building and the inscription “Four Girls were Killed in the Bombing of the 16th St. Baptist Church,” with modifications to the placement of some of the wording.

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