The First Spouse Gold Coin Program will draw closer to its conclusion next year with the release of coins honoring the spouses of the 33rd to 36th Presidents of the United States. The coins will feature the First Ladies Elizabeth Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Claudia Taylor Johnson.
Under the authorizing legislation for the one-half ounce 24 karat gold coin program, the obverse design of each coin is to depict a likeness of the First Spouse and the reverse is to contain images emblematic of the life and work of the First Spouse. The United States Mint recently released five to eight different design candidates for the obverse and reverse of each coin. The Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will provide their recommended designs from the field of candidates. Ultimately, the final designs will be selected by the Secretary of the Treasury after taking into account the recommendations of each group.
Full coverage of the CFA and CCAC reviews and recommendations will follow on Coin Update. For now, here is a look at the design candidates for each of the 2015 First Spouse Gold Coins.
Bess Truman First Spouse Gold Coin Design Candidates
Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Gold Coin Design Candidates
Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Gold Coin Design Candidates
Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse Gold Coin Design Candidates