First Spouse Designs Selected for 2015 Gold Coins

by Mike Unser on March 18, 2015 · 4 comments

The U.S. Mint unveiled designs for the one-half ounce 24-karat 2015 First Spouse Gold Coins commemorating Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy and Lady Bird Johnson.

2015 First Spouse Gold Coin Designs

Line art designs of the 2015 First Spouse Gold Coins

Four obverse and four reverse designs prevailed among a combined fifty-two candidates for spouses of the 33rd to 36th Presidents of the United States. These designs were selected under the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury after a series of reviews and recommendations.

Bess Truman First Spouse Gold Coin Designs

Bess Truman First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse Design

Bess Truman Obverse Design

Bess Truman First Spouse Gold Coin Reverse Design

Bess Truman Reverse Design

The reverse features a locomotive wheel moving along railroad tracks, representing Mrs. Truman’s support for her husband on his 1948 whistle stop campaign trip for re-election as president.

Coin Release Date: April 16, 2015
Mintage: 10,000
Obverse Designer / Sculptor: Joel Iskowitz / Phebe Hemphill
Reverse Designer / Sculptor: Joel Iskowitz / Charles Vickers

Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Gold Coin Designs

Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse Design

Mamie Eisenhower Obverse Design

Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Gold Coin Reverse Design

Mamie Eisenhower Reverse Design

The reverse features a woman’s hand holding up a political campaign button with the slogan "I Like Mamie," referring to Mrs. Eisenhower’s popularity as a first spouse, her involvement in her husband’s presidential campaigns, and the popular campaign slogan "I Like Ike."

Coin Release Date: May 7, 2015
Mintage: 10,000
Obverse Designer / Sculptor: Richard Masters / Joseph Menna
Reverse Designer / Sculptor: Barbara Fox / Renata Gordon

Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Gold Coin Designs

Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse Design

Jacqueline Kennedy Obverse Design

Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Gold Coin Reverse Design

Jacqueline Kennedy Reverse Design

The reverse features the saucer magnolia Mrs. Kennedy chose to be planted in the White House garden and near the eternal flame at her husband’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. The petals stretch across the globe, its tips connecting the points of some of her most notable diplomatic visits.

Coin Release Date: June 2015
Mintage: 30,000
Obverse Designer / Sculptor: Susan Gamble / Phebe Hemphill
Reverse Designer / Sculptor: Benjamin Sowards / Jim Licaretz

Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse Gold Coin Designs

Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse Design

Lady Bird Johnson Obverse Design

Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse Gold Coin Reverse Design

Lady Bird Johnson Reverse Design

The reverse depicts the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, and flowers in reference to Mrs. Johnson’s efforts in the beautification and conservation of America, which began in Washington, D.C.

Coin Release Date: August 2015
Mintage: 10,000
Obverse Designer / Sculptor: Linda Fox / Michael Gaudioso
Reverse Designer / Sculptor: Chris Costello / Renata Gordon

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Terry March 18, 2015 at 12:32 pm

Interesting that the mintage limit on the Jackie Kennedy coin is 30,000 while the others are 10,000. They’ll sell out, of course.

Stephen Bloom March 19, 2015 at 8:48 am

I ALREADY PURCHASED THE JFK PROOF GOLD COIN ANXIOUSLY WAITING FOR HIS SPOUSES COIN IN JUNE.ONLY 30,000 WILL SELL OUT QUICK.

JOE #2 March 19, 2015 at 11:23 am

I think now in my opinion since the U S Mint is about 95% sold out on the JFK gold coin, Is to have the remainder sold out. I think the JFK coin got so beat up for no reason. BUY the coin if you LOVE the coin. PERIOD. Like the old days. It may actually even go up in price when sold out. That baby will look great with the new Jackie O coin coming out in June or so of this year…

Kahoola March 20, 2015 at 12:08 am

Are any of the first spouses alive? Isn’t Nancy Regan alive? Does she get a gold coin? Thought there was a law that said that living persons cannot be put on coins. That would mean that there would be a presidential coin with no spouse…

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