The U.S. Mint has shared a variety of new images for us to consider, including pictures of the 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Proof and Uncirculated Coins and design submissions for 2018’s America the Beautiful quarters and Barack Obama’s Presidential silver medals.
The images of the Reagan First Spouse coin were provided as part of an update to the items’ product pages; also included in the update is news that the coins will have a combined mintage limit of 15,000 pieces, with an order limit of one per household. They will be released on July 1, along with rolls, bags, and boxes of Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 coins.
The obverse of the Nancy Reagan First Spouse coins was designed by Benjamin Sowards and sculpted by Joseph Menna. It features a portrait of Mrs. Reagan, with the inscriptions NANCY REAGAN, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2016, 40th, and 1981-1989. The West Point Mint’s “W” mint mark is also included beneath the year of issue.
The reverse image features the former first lady with two children wearing shirts associated with her “Just Say No” campaign, which urged young people to avoid drug use. Inscribed on this side of the coins are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD.
The Mint has also shared design candidates for the 2018 America the Beautiful quarters; they will be considered at the upcoming Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for June 27 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Descriptions located beneath the images have been provided by the U.S. Mint.
These designs have already been assessed by the Commission of Fine Arts and their recommendations have been underlined in the text. Also, the sites are presented in alphabetical order rather than in the order they will be released. The Mint plans to issue them in the following sequence: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Voyageurs National Park, Cumberland Island National Seashore, and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge.
WI-01 depicts two kayakers paddling towards the rock formations at Devils Island. WI-02 features a kayaker gazing in wonder at the setting, with rock formations and a lighthouse behind him. WI-04 and WI-04A feature a sea arch topped with a variety of trees growing atop. In design 04, a pair of kayakers paddles towards the arch.
WI-05 and WI-05A feature a view into a crevasse in the sea caves. In design 05, a pair of kayakers begins to paddle towards the opening.
WI-09 and WI-10 depict the sea caves at Devils Island with the lighthouse in the background. In design 09, a kayaker paddles by. Design 10 features the added inscription “Jewels of Lake Superior.” WI-11 features a kayaker passing through a sandstone arch at Devils Island.
RI-01 features a pair of piping plovers flying near the nesting areas on Block Island. Footprints form a path towards the North Light lighthouse. RI-02 depicts a black-crowned night-heron flying over a view from the beach at Cow Cove looking towards Sandy Point. The North Light lighthouse is seen in the background. RI-03 features a mother piping plover with four of her chicks.
RI-04, RI-04A, and RI-05 feature two piping plovers flying over the North Light lighthouse.
RI-06 and RI-07 feature a mother piping plover with her young on the shore in front of North Light. In design 07, two American oystercatchers fly overhead. RI-08 depicts a pair of common yellowthroat warblers over the rolling landscape with the North Light lighthouse in the background.
RI-09 and RI-10 feature piping plovers on the rocky beach in front of the North Light lighthouse. RI-11 depicts a piping plover being banded as part of conservation efforts to study migratory bird patterns.
GA-01 features an adult and young child walking through the Live Oak trees of Cumberland Island. GA-02 depicts sea oats holding the wind-shaped dunes while gulls fly overhead. GA-03 depicts a loggerhead sea turtle swimming along the undeveloped beach of Cumberland Island.
GA-04 features two brown pelicans on the beach of the island. GA-05 depicts a blue heron capturing a fish in the marsh waters along the western edge of the island. GA-06 depicts a snowy egret posing on a branch on the edge of a salt marsh, ready for flight.
GA-08 depicts a loggerhead sea turtle nesting on Cumberland Island. GA-09 features a quiet moment as a visitor enjoys the wind, surf, and abundant wildlife of Cumberland Island. GA-10 features a couple watching the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean, the beginning of their day of shell hunting and exploration on Cumberland Island.
GA-11 depicts a close-up view of the Dungeness ruins. GA-12 features a photographer exploring the twisted branches of live oak trees and sand dunes that line the boardwalk path to the beach. GA-13 depicts a woman walking along the beach in the gentle wind while a sea turtle nests in the sand.
GA-14 features a photographer exploring the flora and fauna surrounding the ruins of the Dungeness mansion.
MI-01 depicts two people in sea kayaks exploring the waterways of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. MI-02 features a man in a sea kayak paddling near Miners Castle. MI-03 depicts a stylized Chapel Rock and the white pine that stands upon it being battered by waves during a storm.
MI-04 features a kayaker appreciating the beautiful mineral streaks that line the cliffs of Pictured Rocks. MI-05 and MI-06 depict views of Pictured Rocks.
MI-07 depicts a robin, the state bird of Michigan, on a birch tree branch with the cliff walls in the background. MI-08 depicts Chapel Rock and the white pine tree that grows atop. MI-09 depicts a kayaker paddling towards Lover’s Leap.
MI-10 features a deer with the cliffs in the background. MI-11 depicts the point of view of a kayaker pausing to take in the sight of Lover’s Leap. MI-12 depicts Chapel Rock with the white pine growing atop.
MN-01 depicts a campfire in a fire ring in front of a lake, with small islands in the distance and the Northern Lights visible in the sky. MN-03 features an eagle soaring above the interlocking network of lakes in Voyageurs National Park. In its talons, it clutches a walleye, the state fish of Minnesota. MN-04 depicts an aerial view of Voyageurs National Park.
MN-05 features a view of a few of the small islands found in the waters of Voyageurs National Park. MN-06 depicts a common loon with a rock cliff in the background.
The Mint has also shared design options for President Obama’s silver medals, which will also be discussed at the next CCAC meeting. The Commission of Fine Arts’s recommendations are listed below the images.
C.F.A. recommendations for the first term medal: obverse 1 and reverse 1.
C.F.A. recommendations for the second term medal: obverse 1 and reverse 2.
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee’s recommendations regarding the above designs will be posted soon after their June 27 meeting.