Proposed designs for the obverses and reverses of the remaining six First Spouse gold $10 coins were recommended by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee on Sept. 23.
For 2015, First Spouse designs were recommended for Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson.
For 2016, First Spouse designs were recommended for Patricia Nixon and Elizabeth "Betty" Ford.
The designs given final approval by the Treasury secretary will appear not only on the Proof and Uncirculated gold $10 coins, but also on the companion bronze medals sans the coin inscriptions.
Before each member rendered an opinions on individual designs for consideration, CCAC Chairman Gary Marks polled the 11-member panel, including himself, on which designs they wanted to evaluate. The number of obverse and reverse designs originally submitted for consideration were pared down for each First Spouse through this process.
The obverse eventually recommended depicting Mamie Eisenhower was the only design considered for that side of the Eisenhower coin.
The recommended obverse depicts a portrait of Bess Truman, her head turned slightly to her left. CCAC member Michael Moran said the rendition is very close in appearance to an autographed photo of the first lady that was handed out by the White House. The image of Mrs. Truman in the autographed photo is one Mrs. Truman preferred, Moran said.
The recommended reverse depicts a wheel of a train, reflective of the 22,000 miles Mrs. Truman traveled during the whistle-stop campaign in President Truman’s successful 1948 election bid.
Marks said the recommended reverse design offers the Mint multiple Proof polishing and laser frosting opportunities. CCAC member Heidi Wastweet, an artist, said the recommended reverse was symbolic of forward progress. The design offers many texture and finish possibilities, she said.