Ronald Reagan Birthday Bash to Unveil Coin Designs

Candidate Designs for 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin
Candidate designs for 2016 Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin. The winning design will be announced on Saturday.

On Saturday, Feb. 6, officials from the United States Mint and the Ronald Reagan Foundation will unveil designs for the Ronald Reagan Presidential $1 Coin and Nancy Reagan First Spouse Coin. The event is one of several scheduled to celebrate the 105th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birthday.

Born in Tampico, Illinois on Feb. 6, 1911, Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989.

Artist renderings of candidate designs for the Ronald Reagan dollar and proposed designs for the Nancy Reagan gold coin were revealed last year.

Nancy Reagan FS Gold Coin Candidate Designs
Candidate designs for the 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coin

Authorized under The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005, the two coins mark the last released in both the Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Gold Coin programs. The U.S. Mint introduced the series of coins in 2007 and has commemorated former First Ladies and deceased U.S. Presidents in the order they served in office. The Reagan coins will be featured in a variety of U.S. Mint products throughout 2016.

In addition to presenting the winning coin designs with remarks from Richard Peterson, U.S. Mint Deputy Director of Manufacturing and Quality, the ceremony includes a 21-gun salute, the placing of an official White House wreath on President Reagan’s gravesite, the unveiling of an 11′ tall statue of Ronald Reagan on horseback called "Along the Trail," and keynote remarks by The Honorable Marlin Fitzwater, President Reagan’s press secretary.

The day’s schedule includes:

10:30 a.m. – Live Musical Entertainment
11:00 a.m. – Flyover, by the Tiger Squadron
11:05 a.m. – Birthday Program 
     – Remarks by Brigadier General Edward Banta and Mr. Marlin Fitzwater
     – Laying of the Presidential Wreath
     – 21-Gun Salute
     – Unveiling of the Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan Coins
12:00 p.m. – Birthday Program Concludes
2:00 p.m. – Statue Unveiling, in front of the Air Force One Pavilion

The ceremony will be held outdoors by The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library at 40 Presidential Drive; Simi Valley, CA 93065. This event is free and open to the public. Regular Museum admission will apply to visit the Reagan Museum and Air Force One Pavilion.

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Put this man on horse back (Western Style)

Seth Riesling

Happy Birthday President Ronald Wilson Reagan! May you R.I.P. & thank you for your dedicated service to the USA. I am so glad First Lady Nancy Reagan is alive & well to see the day that both designs of the Reagan Presidential $1 coin & Nancy Reagan First Spouse $10 gold coin designs are revealed to the public today at the beautiful resting place of President Reagan on the site of his presidential library & museum in Simi Valley, California. His funeral there was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen & his close friend Lady Margaret Thatcher… Read more »


Of course, the winning Reagan design can already be seen on the U.S. Mint website page for the presidential proof set, which goes on sale Tuesday, Feb. 16:

Seth Riesling

The U.S. Mint put an actual photo of the Reagan Proof $1 coin on their website right after it was revealed to the public at the ceremony in Simi Valley, California & a few minutes later at the Long Beach Expo. But we already knew which design choice First Lady Nancy Reagan picked & the Secretary of Treasury obviously picked her design choice & made small changes for the Reagan $1 coin & her First Spouse $10 gold coin per her instructions. You don’t mess with First Lady Nancy Reagan or you will get burned! Just ask the Secret Service… Read more »