CFA 18/SEP/14-7

United States

Owner
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Mint
Property
2015 and 2016 Presidential One Dollar Coin Program - First Spouses
Description
Designs for the ninth and tenth sets of dollar gold coins and bronze medals: for 2015 Elizabeth Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jaqueline Kennedy, Claudia Johnson, and for 2016 Patricia Nixon and Elizabeth Ford
Review Type
Final

Letter

Dear Mr. Peterson:

In its meeting of 18 September, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the proposed designs for the ninth and tenth sets of ten-dollar gold coins and associated medals in the First Spouse series, to be issued in 2015 and 2016. The Commission's recommendations were as follows:

Bess Truman. The Commission members recommended obverse alternative #2 as the most dignified portrait. For the reverse, they supported the theme of the whistle-stop train campaign if it can be depicted clearly; they commented that a simplified version of alternative #3 could be the most satisfactory if the foreground banners are removed.

Mamie Eisenhower. The Commission recommended obverse alternative #5 as the best likeness and a pleasing portrait. The Commission recommended alternative #3 for the reverse as a simple design that refers to her involvement in the presidential campaigns.

Jacqueline Kennedy. The Commission members recommended obverse alternative #8 and commented that most of the alternatives inadequately capture her appearance. For the reverse, they supported the theme of the arts as in alternative #5 but suggested a more dignified and less cartoonish composition; they also offered some support for alternative #2 if the theme of alternative #5 cannot be developed adequately.

Lady Bird Johnson. The Commission recommended the portrait of Mrs. Johnson in alternative #3, but with a more characteristic depiction of her hair as in alternative #5. For the reverse, the Commission recommended alternative #1 with the modification to reduce the scale of the Jefferson Memorial to give increased prominence to the text.

Pat Nixon. The Commission members recommended obverse alternative #5 as the best portrait. For the reverse, they recommended alternative #3 as potentially the best alternative if refined; they cited the area across the mid−ground of the design as a confusing and poorly rendered combination of design elements, particularly the White House awning and the figure of Mrs. Nixon.

Betty Ford. The Commission recommended obverse alternative #2 as the best portrait, commenting that her appearance is less recognizable in several alternatives. For the reverse, the Commission recommended alternative #6 with the replacement of the text with "Shedding Light" as shown in alternative #5.

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

Sincerely,

/s/Thomas E. Luebke, FAIA
Secretary

Richard A. Peterson, Deputy Director
United States Mint
801 9th Street, NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20220