NumisNews – George HW Bush Presidential Dollar Design Selection – Numismatics with Kenny

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Ronald and Nancy Reagan Coins for 2016

The United States Mint in 2016 will strike and sell coins featuring portraits of Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989), and his wife Nancy.

Their commemoration breaks expectations as neither were included with original design candidates for 2016 Presidential $1 Coins and 2016 First Spouse Gold Coins.

The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005, Public Law 109-145, is clear that living former or current Presidents cannot be honored on coins. It’s less concise about breaking the sequential order of Presidential service to honor a commander-in-chief.

President Carter, who served prior to Reagan, is alive and therefore cannot be depicted on U.S. coins. A legal interpretation of Public Law 109-145 was needed and made. Carter will get skipped over to honor Reagan. Paul Gilkes of Coin World writes about the decision, breaking the story on Feb. 12.

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