CFA 15/MAR/07-2

Project name
2008 Presidential One Dollar Coin Program—First Spouses

United States

Owner
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Mint
Description
Designs for the second set of four $10 gold coins and bronze medals: Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Adams, Andrew Jackson's Liberty, and Martin Van Buren's Liberty
Previous Review

Letter

Dear Mr. Moy:

In its meeting of 15 March, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the proposed designs for the second set of four one-dollar coins in the First Spouse series. The Commission's recommendations were as follows:

Elizabeth Monroe:
For the obverse, alternative #3, which reflects the portrait made when she resided in the White House. For the reverse, alternative #6, with the comment to correct the perspective rendering of the vase so that it appears to be resting on the table.

Louisa Adams:
For the obverse, alternative #1, which the Commission members thought has the superior composition. For the reverse, alternative #4; the Commission supported the depiction of a harp and concluded that #4 is the better design, with the comment to improve the rendering of Mrs. Adams's face.

Andrew Jackson's Liberty
For the obverse, alternative #4, which the Commission preferred as the most handsome design. For the reverse, alternative #8, with the comment to improve the rendering of the horse to appear less mule-like.

Martin Van Buren's Liberty
For the obverse, alternative #3, similar to the obverse design for the Jackson coin. For the reverse, alternative #4, which has the most engaging image of Van Buren as a young man.

As always, the staff is available to assist you in future submissions.

Sincerely,

Thomas E. Luebke, AIA
Secretary

Edmund C. Moy, Director
United States Mint
801 9th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20220

cc: Kaarina Budow, U.S. Mint