New U.S. Coin designs are reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), which now has a new, taller member.
The United States Mint is pleased to announce the appointment of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). Mr. Abdul-Jabbar fills the vacancy created this year by the resignation of Steven Roach, a member representing the interests of the general public.
Mr. Abdul-Jabbar, a renowned former professional basketball player who is an avid coin collector, became interested in numismatics based on his love of history and his study of Alexander Hamilton. Currently, he serves as the chairman of his Skyhook Foundation, whose mission is to "Give Kids a Shot That Can't be Blocked" by bringing educational opportunities to under-served communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. He is also a regular contributing columnist to The Washington Post and Time Magazine, and a best-selling author of literary fiction and non-fiction books. On November 23, 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in recognition of his outspoken advocacy of social justice.
The CCAC, established by an Act of Congress in 2003, advises the Secretary of the Treasury on theme or design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals and other medals produced by the United States Mint. The CCAC also makes commemorative coin recommendations to the Secretary and advises on the events, persons or places to be commemorated, as well as on the mintage levels and proposed designs.
The CCAC is subject to the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury. The United States Mint is responsible for providing necessary and appropriate administrative support, technical services and advice.
The CCAC submits an annual report to Congress and the Secretary of the Treasury, describing its activities and providing recommendations.
While I'm sorry to see the CCAC lose Steve Roach, Jabbar is a pleasant surprise. No mere ex-jock, he's a talented thinker and writer who has been getting high-profile exposure for his pieces in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and elsewhere. I didn't know he was a collector. Welcome to the CCAC!
To read the complete press release, see:
New Appointee Joins Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
We've discussed celebrity coin people before. "Deacon Ray" created this nice poster over on the Coin Talk forum earlier this week.
To read the complete post, see:
Famous Coin Collectors (typo correction) (Cited from: https://www.cointalk.com/threads/famous-coin-collectors-typo-correction.289666/)
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