WASHINGTON – The United States Mint announced today that the Secretary of the Treasury has reappointed Mitchell Sanders of Rochester, New York to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) for a four-year term into 2010.

Sanders, who is one of three members appointed to represent the general public, has been a member of the CCAC since 2003, serving as chairman of the committee from 2005 to 2006.

Mr. Sanders holds a B.A. in Political Science and Mathematics from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester. He works as a research scientist in Rochester, New York. A member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the American Numismatic Society, the Rochester (NY) Numismatic Association, the Latin American Paper Money Society and the U.S. Mexican Numismatic Association, he has written a column for beginning coin collectors in the ANA’s Numismatist since 2003.

Established by the Secretary of the Treasury pursuant to an Act of Congress in 2003, the CCAC advises the Secretary on theme and design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals, and national 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 submits an annual report to Congress and the Secretary describing its activities and providing recommendations.

The Congressional leadership recommends candidates for four of the CCAC member positions to the Secretary of the Treasury. The Secretary fills seven additional positions through an open application process. The Secretary exercises direction and authority over the CCAC. The United States Mint is responsible for providing the necessary administrative support, technical services and advice to the CCAC.

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