Commission of Fine
Arts recommended proposed designs Sept. 18 for the First
Spouse gold $10 coins for 2015 and 2016.
members attempted to recall how the women appeared when they were in
the White House and were reluctant to accept some of the designs.
2015 coins designs considered were for Bess
Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy and Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson.
for 2016 were considered for Pat Nixon and Elizabeth “Betty” Ford.
CFA members agreed that the reverse of the gold coin to honor
Jacqueline Kennedy should show her support for the arts, but they
didn’t like the design that the Mint recommended so they chose another
design. The recommended design shows Mrs. Kennedy holding her son John
Jr. Panel members stated they really would have liked another arts design.
the coin honoring Lady Bird Johnson, the panel wanted the size of the
Jefferson Memorial on the reverse to be shrunk so a greater emphasis
could be placed on her efforts to beautify the nation’s roadways.
Betty Ford, the panel urged that a lighthouse image be placed on the
reverse with the text revised to say “Shedding Light” for Mrs. Ford’s
work toward better awareness of substance abuse and breast cancer.
of the recommended obverses depicts an individual portrait of the
remaining recommended First Spouse reverses depict:
Truman — a 1940s style locomotive that pulled the presidential train
Mrs. Truman rode on the campaign trail.
Eisenhower — a hand holding an “I Like Mamie” button reflecting her
role in her husband’s presidential campaign.
Nixon — her greeting a wheelchair-bound visitor to the White House,
symbolizing her efforts to make the structure more accessible.
related story about design reviews for the 2016 America the Beautiful
quarter dollars, Proof 2015 and 2016 American Eagle platinum coins,
and a congressional gold medal honoring the Civil Air Patrol.