Nancy Reagan won an enthusiastic endorsement June 17 from the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee for her requested portrait on the 2016 First Spouse gold $10 coin that will complete a series of coins honoring the nation’s first ladies.
But the panel said it just had to say no to Reagan’s preference for the coin’s reverse.
The design she wanted showed her with a young child in her anti-drug “Just Say No” campaign.
The CCAC members said that would violate an unwritten prohibition on “two-headed” U.S. coins.
And, they said at the June 17 meeting in Washington, the proposed designs were crude and not worthy of what would be only the fourth U.S. coin issued while one of its subjects is alive.
With only one member of the committee abstaining, the panel instructed the U.S. Mint to send its artists back to the drawing boards and quickly produce some sharper reverse designs.
Back to drawing boards
April Stafford, director of design management for the U.S. Mint, assured the committee the artists would produce new art “absolutely as expeditiously as possible.”
The Mint’s executives have directed the staff to do everything possible to meet Reagan’s requests for her coin, she said.
However, instead of the reverse design Reagan had endorsed, the committee suggested a design that would show three or more children wearing “Just Say No” t-shirts with, perhaps, the first lady in silhouette.