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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 39, September 30, 2007, Article 15

ARTICLE PROFILES JOHN ALEXANDER OF U.S. MINT'S COINAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

A University of Cincinnati publication profiled history professor
John K. Alexander and his position on the U.S. Mint's Citizens
Coinage Advisory Committee:

"The 11-member CCAC's most recent charge? Making recommendations
for the redesign of the 'tails' side of the Lincoln penny, to
coincide with the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's 1809
birth and the 100th anniversary of the 1909 introduction of the
Lincoln coin.

"The redesign, recently covered by the Associated Press in a story
quoting Alexander, is sparking a national buzz. But amidst constant
rumors of the 1-cent coins disappearing due to the high cost of
making them, Alexander thinks you can take this to the bank: As
long as pennies are around, the famous profile of the 16th U.S.
president will most likely adorn the 'heads' side of them.

"'It's fair to say the penny is one of the most beloved of
American coins,' says Alexander, a distinguished teaching
professor who came to UC in 1969. 'In part, that's because
it's such a striking portrait of Lincoln  and I think that's
why we're not likely to see that image disappear.'

"'I just love being on this committee,' says Alexander  who
laughingly admits he'll still pick up a penny he spots on the
street. 'People listen to each other. Minds have been changed 
We can only recommend, but we can perhaps have an influence
on coins that will be here forever.'"

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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