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Alumnus Erik Jansen Advising Treasury about Face of Future Coins

December 13, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology alumnus Erik Jansen has found the perfect avenue for his love of coin collecting, his expertise in finance and business, and background in metallurgy: He's helping the United States Mint determine how your money looks.

      Jansen Coin
  Erik Jansen

Jansen, a 1978 electrical engineering graduate, has started a four-year term on the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), an 11-member group that advises the Secretary of the Treasury on theme and design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals, and other commemorative issues produced by the U.S. Mint.

In the coin world, being selected to the CCAC is akin to being drafted from an office softball team to play for the New York Yankees, according to Jansen.

"It is a huge responsibility and something that I, and the other committee members, take very seriously," Jansen says.  "After all, the images on our coinage represent what we, as a culture, hold dear.  Sitting at the design table with the best artists and sculptors in the country is the stuff of fantasy -- until the day comes when you get one of the coins you helped design in pocket change."

The U.S. Mint strikes almost 10 billion coins a year.  "We often have as many as three dozen drawings submitted for a single coin to be made -- from which we have to select just two as the CCAC recommendation for striking.  From there the Secretary of the Treasury makes the final decision and then the Mint cranks up production.  It's a pretty heady ride for a coin geek like me."

Jansen, a lifelong coin collector, is one of three CCAC members who represent the interests of the general public.

Learn more about Jansen and his involvement on the CCAC at Coin Update.