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.
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
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
Obverse Designer / Sculptor: Joel Iskowitz / Phebe Hemphill
Reverse Designer / Sculptor: Joel Iskowitz / Charles Vickers
Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Gold Coin Designs
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
Obverse Designer / Sculptor: Richard Masters / Joseph Menna
Reverse Designer / Sculptor: Barbara Fox / Renata Gordon
Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Gold Coin Designs
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
Obverse Designer / Sculptor: Susan Gamble / Phebe Hemphill
Reverse Designer / Sculptor: Benjamin Sowards / Jim Licaretz
Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse Gold Coin Designs
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
Obverse Designer / Sculptor: Linda Fox / Michael Gaudioso
Reverse Designer / Sculptor: Chris Costello / Renata Gordon