The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) each provided the same design recommendation for the upcoming 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar during separate meetings held earlier this month.
The United States Mint had prepared eight different design candidates featuring the 40th President. Both the CCAC and CFA recommended design candidate RR-01, which features a front facing portrait of Ronald Reagan with his characteristic smile. The Secretary of the Treasury has the authority to select the final design.
As discussed in previous posts, the US Mint initially left Ronald Reagan out of design candidates submitted for the 2016 Presidential Dollars. This added to the uncertainty as to whether Reagan would be honored within the series. Although he meets the criteria of having been deceased for at least two years, the fact that the previous President Jimmy Carter is still living would create a gap in the series. The situation was finally resolved early this year, when the Mint confirmed the issuance of a coin for President Reagan.
Ronald Reagan has not previously been depicted on any United States coinage. He has been depicted on the Presidential Medal produced by the United States Mint and shown above.
Next year’s 2016 Presidential Dollars will honor Richard Nixon (37th), Gerald Ford (38th), and Ronald Reagan (40th), completing the series. The CCAC and CFA had previously offered their recommendations for the other two coins.
Both groups had recommended the design candidate shown above for the Richard Nixon Presidential Dollar. CCAC members commented that the design captured a strong likeness of President Nixon’s profile. The CFA commented on the firmness of character conveyed by the portrait.
Both groups also offered the recommendations for the design candidate shown above for the Gerald Ford Presidential Dollar.