CCAC and CFA Design Recommendation for Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar

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.

Reagan Presidential Dollar

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.

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  1. says

    I think they made the best choice available for the Reagan portrait. Overall, these last few presidential dollars at least look better than some of their predecessors.

    A lot of our presidents just aren’t very photogenic.

  2. fmtransmitter says

    I agree CO but the early ones we had to go by painting’s and we all know the BEST of the BEST were in Europe at the time as far as Life Like painters so we had to make due with what we had…I would have loved to see an actual photograph of George Washington today..Would be so cool…

  3. Louis says

    There is a movement to put one of 15 female leaders from U.S. history on the $20 bill by 2020, the 100th anniv. of women’s’ suffrage because no real woman has ever appeared on U.S. paper money. Let me guess you guys think it is political correctness.

  4. fmtransmitter says

    If a HUMAN BEING earned something significant enough to be put on our currency then so be it, gender has nothing to do with it IMHO…

  5. fmtransmitter says

    More than half the MEN I know wouldn’t be squat without their wives…That is also IMHO…

  6. rpk says

    Louis —
    A real woman has appeared on U.S. paper money. Back in the late 1800’s Martha Washington was on the $1 bill (silver certificate).

  7. joe says

    Political correctness is “an attitude or policy of being careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society who are “believed” to have a disadvantage.” I’m with @fmtransmitter. If someone EARNED the right to be on a bill, then so be it. If someone is merely being put on a bill to meet a quota or to stroke favor with some group or class of people, then it’s political correctness and absolutely not the right thing to do. Personally I would be embarrassed if I was paraded out and given credit only for being born with XX chromosomes (and perhaps doing something lame to help justify it). But I would gladly purchase coins with Clarance Thomas’s face on them (if they were ever released). Read his biography; he earned it.

    Interestingly enough, it is projected that whites will be in the minority within the next few years (based on birth rates, immigration, etc.). I am curious to see how the term “minority” will be redefined once that happens.

  8. Ends in Error says

    I’m a little confused. Women have been all over our money since money began.

  9. TMMSR0127 says


    Did you get the 1881 ER number from the mint report?

    If 1881 is legitimate, this coin will be the lowest mintage FS coin and it will undoubtedly be the key to the set. Prices are going to move north,

  10. Boz says

    So is ER sold out? All I have seen is out of stock which is fishy because that implies lke in the case of some other items that it will come and go on and off sale from time to time without any official statements.

  11. Ends in Error says

    It would be uber cool if the final number was 1884. That was her year of birth.

  12. Jerry Diekmann says

    fmtransmitter – I wonder why nobody hasn’t yet photoshopped that picture of Nixon with the “V” signs by lopping off his index fingers so it looks like he is giving everyone in the country the bird, which is what he really did. Hard to believe he warrants any commemoration, but he was President so I guess the Mint has to show him.

  13. Jerry Diekmann says

    Boz and Louis – I don’t care if they put Reagan or any woman or any native American chief or Liberty on the $20.00 bill, but for God’s sakes it’s time to get rid of Andrew Jackson! In these PC times, why do we have a President who believed strongly in slavery and practiced gernocide against the natrive Americans on our second-most common bill? Remember Jckson for the battle of New Orleans and for crushing Henry Clay, Nicholas Bibbdle, and the rich supporters of the second Bank of the United States. But Jackson was a very complicated man, and not everything he did warrants happy memories or commemoration. He has been on the $20.00 bill since 1928. It’s time for him to go. Besides, it’s so ironic for Jackson to be on a $20.00 bill anyway, since he hated paper money.

  14. MarkInFlorida says

    Getting back on topic, I’m really looking forward to these Reagan dollars! I’m going to buy hundreds of them and spend them everywhere. It will be especially fun to spend them where lefties work!

  15. Sigo Plapal says

    If this is an anti-Jackson movement, Davy Crockett would be a good stick in the eye to Jackson.

  16. Brian says

    @MarkInFlorida – please spend those Reagan dollars down there in Jeb Bush-land. Up here in the lefty Northeast, we won’t be touching the Ronny Ray-guns dollar coin if you paid us with them. (no offense)

    @Sigo Plapal – Love the Davy Crockett idea. He was certainly a thorn in Jackson’s side. The Indian Removal Act was such imperialism in action.

  17. The Real "Cool" Dave says

    I called the “freakin” Mint today and got RMA labels, for the 2014 First and LAST Spouse Medals I will EVER buy from them. I’m telling you, this non-responsive director has to go.

    Good Night !!

  18. merryxmasmrscrooge says

    3 Cheers 4 the Gipper. Long live Carter. Live long and prosper. RIP Spock.

  19. jeff says

    When you have cartoonist depicting our presidents bust this is what you get a big laugh. Haha hahaha

  20. thePhelps says

    Well… here they go again…

    While I get this is Reagan – I would have thought if they are going to sketch a drawing directly from his image – an artist could have done better.

    The eyes and mouth aren’t actually that well done considering they basically used that picture as the source.

  21. Louis says

    @ Jerry D- I agree, and I would add that the womenon20’s movement also mentioned that as a reason.

  22. Billy the Kid says

    I remember Nancy Reagan.
    She wanted Ronnie to get new dishes for the White House… I recall that she wanted solid gold dinner plates.

    Well, at least she will get a solid gold spouse coin. May she rest in peace.

    The Kid

  23. shoebox says

    Nancy Reagan is still living, Kid. Not resting in peace quite yet. Will the Reagan dollars be available at face value anywhere? I would like to spend a few, too, but not if they cost me more than face…

  24. Jerry Diekmann says

    Stephen – Being an important part of history doesn’t mean that you deserve to be commemorated. Hitler was an important part of German history and you don’t see his picture on any German Euro paper money. Jackson deserves to be on a Presidential series of coins, just like Harding, Hoover, and Nixon, who were all basically failures as Presidents. You certainly wouldn’t expect to see these latter three men commemorated on anything other than a postage stamp after they died.

  25. D Rittenhouse says

    Thanks to Timmy “TurboTax” Giethner, you will not be able to purchase Reagan dollars at face value.

  26. Jerry Diekmann says

    Never understood why Obama ever picked Geithner. He never seemed to be very interested in being Treasury Secretary once he got his signature on some paper money.

  27. Clark says

    Louis–I think it would be great to feature a female on paper currency. Eleanor Roosevelt would be a great candidate. There’s nothing “pc” about honoring a patriot who made significant contributions and also happens to be female, IMO.

  28. Jerry Diekmann says

    On the $20.00 bill, why not honor a woman, an American nurse who gave her life and died as a result of volunteering for medical experiments to study yellow fever. Her name was Clara Maass (1876-1901). She was only 25 years old when she died, truly an American heroine. She is just one of many thousands of unsung men and women in this country who have made this world a better place by their putting the welfare of others beyond their own. These are the people Americans should be honoring on our coins and paper money – not some mediocre political hacks who managed to become President and do nothing good in the time they occupied the office, and even guys like Jackson, who would today be imprisoned or executed for crimes against humanity.

    Some people are slamming the March of Dimes dollar but they should remember that until Jonas Salk discovered a vaccine for the dreaded polio virus, there wasn’t a family in this country that did not fear losing a child to the dreaded disease or seeing a child crippled by horrible disease. Every summer – “polio season” – would see children especially, and adults, being stricken by this diseaser, which had no cure. At its peak in the 1940s and 1950s, polio paralyzed or killed over half a million people worldwide every year. If ever a cause for commemoratiing an achievementywas ever warranted, it would be the triumph of Dr. Salk and all his supporters over this annual epidemic which ravaged the world from the beginning of recorded history.

    I’ll get off my soapbox now. Andrew Jackson – clear your desk!

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