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.
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.