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February 29, 2016

Two New Members Appointed to Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON - The United States Mint is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC).  The two new members will fill vacancies created by the expiration of appointments.

Steve Roach was appointed to represent the interests of the general public, replacing Gary Marks.  A numismatic journalist who served as editor-in-chief at Coin World, the world's largest coin hobby publication, Roach holds a bachelor's degree in art history and organizational studies from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the Ohio State University.

After working as a rare coin grader at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, Roach practiced law.  He returned to Heritage to serve as director of the firm's Trusts and Estates department.  Roach now operates an appraisal and advisory practice focused on European and American fine art and rare coins.

Dennis Tucker was appointed as the member specially qualified to serve by virtue of his education, training, or experience in numismatics, replacing Michael Bugeja.  The publisher at Whitman Publishing, the largest numismatic publishing firm in the United States, Tucker has published eleven additions of A Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the "Red Book"), long considered one of the most authoritative coin price sources.

Tucker holds a bachelor's degree in political science and is a published author and editor in the fields of numismatics, banking and financial history, the American presidency, U.S. military history, and other nonfiction topics.  His most recent book, American Gold and Silver: U.S. Mint Collector and Investor Coins and Medals, Bicentennial to Date, was published in 2016. 

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.

About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873.  It is the nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins.  The United States Mint's numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.

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