Louis Golino published a Coin Update article on Tom Uram, who recently concluded two terms on the CCAC. Here's an excerpt - see the complete article online.
Thomas J. Uram, a 30-year financial services industry veteran and coin collector for the past 50 years, recently ended his second term on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee in the position that is recommended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. His tenure began in 2012 and included two years serving as chairman of this important group that reviews the designs that appear on all U.S. coins, including circulating, bullion, commemorative coins, and congressional gold medals.
His second term on the committee formally ended on January 28. His successor is Dr. Harcourt Fuller, a historian of Africa who teaches at Georgia State University.
Tom, who started collecting Lincoln cents in 1971, first joined the ANA in 1974 and two years later became a life member. He has long been a major hobby leader having served for the past decade as president of one of the most important state-based coin clubs, the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists that holds three major coin shows a year; is a former member of the ANA’s Board of Governors (2017-2019); and is also active in many other numismatic groups and associations. In 2018 he also ran but lost in a bid to become ANA vice president.
Throughout his extended term on the committee, he demonstrated the importance of having a lifelong coin collector on the group that plays such an important role in the process of creating U.S. coins.
And Tom has been especially active on the committee being personally responsible (along with fellow CCAC member and numismatic researcher and award-winning author Michael Moran) for coming up with the idea and then working to ensure passage of congressional legislation that authorized the 2021 Morgan and Peace dollar coin program, which marks the centennial since the issuance of the final Morgan and first Peace dollar in 1921 and is now expected to become an ongoing U.S. Mint series.
He also played an important role in the 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative program, including serving on the panel of judges who selected the obverse design by Gary Cooper that won the design competition. That coin program was the brainchild of another former CCAC member, Michael Olson. The five-ounce silver Proof Apollo coin was named 2021 Coin of the Year.
Towards the end of his second term, Tom created a subgroup within the CCAC to make recommendations on commemorative coinage.
During his tenure on the CCAC, Tom clearly had a significant impact shaping American coins and medals, especially by helping to create some of the most popular and successful coin programs of recent years, and his colleagues on the committee and at the U.S. Mint will undoubtedly miss him and his collegial style of leadership.
To read the complete article, see:
Thomas Uram concludes a memorable double term on the CCAC
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