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2015 First Spouse designs finalized

The United States Mint has announced the new designs for the 2015 First Spouse gold coins.

The designs for the 2015 First Spouse coins.

The designs for the 2015 First Spouse coins.

The four honorees this year are Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Lady Bird Johnson.

The Bess Truman First Spouse gold coin reverse design 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.

The Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse gold coin reverse design 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.”

The Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse gold coin 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.

The Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse gold coin 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.

The obverse of each coin is inscribed with the first spouse’s name, her order and years of service as first spouse, the year of minting or issuance, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “LIBERTY.” Each coin’s reverse features a unique design emblematic of that spouse’s life and work and the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “$10,” “1/2 OZ.,” and “.9999 FINE GOLD.”

Specific release dates for all four coins will be posted to the United States Mint’s product schedule at http://catalog.usmint.gov/product-schedule/ when available.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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