It's possible Nancy Reagan will see herself on a U.S. commemorative
coin in 2016, which is an occurrence that has not happened in 20 years.
Coin World's Paul Gilkes broke the story Thursday that the U.S. Mint is
in the process of designing a Presidential dollar coin commemorating
President Ronald Reagan and a First Spouse gold $10 coin featuring
Nancy Reagan, and that the products are expected to be issued in 2016.
If that plan is executed, Nancy Reagan would be the first living
person to be featured on a U.S. coin since 1995, when Eunice Shriver
(née Kennedy) was put on the 1995 Special Olympics World Games silver dollar.
On that coin, Shriver's profile is displayed on the coin's obverse
surrounded by the inscription SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES and 1995.
On the reverse is the logo of the Special Olympics along with an
inspirational quote from Shriver, who is credited with founding the games.
"As we hope for the best in them, hope is reborn in us,"
reads the quote.
With rare exceptions in which a president had no wife while in
office, the First Spouse coins have so far portrayed the coin's
subject on the obverse, and then dedicated the reverse to an image
symbolizing the spouse's legacy as first lady. For those exceptions,
the First Spouse coins have exhibited a Liberty from coinage used
during the president's time in office on the obverse and a design
reflecting the president's accomplishments on the reverse.
Just like her husband, Nancy Reagan was a star of the screen in the
1940s and 1950s before becoming a political heavyweight. She became
the first lady of California in 1967 and the first lady of the United
States in 1981.
Nancy Reagan's major initiative as first lady was the "Just Say
No" anti-drug campaign.
She is quoted on the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library
website as saying, "Drugs take away the dream from every
child’s heart and replace it with a nightmare, and it’s time we in
America stand up and replace those dreams."
Mint spokesman Michael White said that the act that authorized the
Presidential dollar mandates that a president’s portrait cannot appear
on a coin unless he’s been deceased at least two years. The same act
also authorizes the First Spouse coins, but there is no such
prohibition for that series.
What do you think about a living person being portrayed on a U.S.
coin? Tell us in the comments below!
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