At a meeting held today, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee will be reviewing and discussing design candidates provided by the United States Mint across several programs. Among these are the design candidates for the 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar.
Readers may recall that the CCAC as well as the CFA have already reviewed design candidates for other 2016 Presidential Dollars to be issued honoring Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. At the time, design candidates for a coin honoring Ronald Reagan were not included, leading to uncertainty as to whether he would be eligible for a coin within the program.
As I explained in the linked post, there has been long running uncertainty about President Reagan’s eligibility. The authorizing legislation provides that only Presidents who have been deceased for at least two years are eligible to be honored. Another section of the legislation provides that the coins should be issued in the order of the period of service of each President. While Reagan (the 40th President) would seem to be eligible under the first criteria, the fact that Jimmy Carter (the 39th President) is still living would mean one Presidency would have to be skipped to honor Reagan.
It was my interpretation that skipping an ineligible President would not make the series go out of order and Regan should be eligible for a coin. Inquiries to the Mint had yielded only broadly worded responses which did not specifically address the situation. The US Mint’s response from last year can be seen in this post.
Earlier this year, the situation was finally resolved with the outcome first reported in CoinWorld that Ronald Reagan would be honored within the Presidential $1 Coin Program and Nancy Reagan would be honored within the First Spouse Gold Program.
Without further ado, included below are the design candidate images prepared by the United States Mint for the 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential Dollar. Coverage of the CCAC and later CFA meetings discussions and recommendations will follow. Click on any image to enlarge.