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First Spouse Design Symbolizes Support
By Debbie Bradley, Numismatic News
April 26, 2013

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Not satisfied with any of the designs presented to it in March for the Edith Wilson 2013 First Spouse gold coin and medal, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee reviewed additional designs presented by the U.S. Mint when it met April 19.

And this time it found a design it could support.

Edith Wilson was instrumental in Woodrow Wilson’s presidency following his stroke in 1919. In fact she’s been called “the secret President.”

CCAC members endorsed design No. 5, which was symbolic of her support giving it 26 of a possible 27 points, according to CCAC Chairman Gary Marks.

The design portrays her hand on the president’s hand as he holds a cane.

“It symbolically portrays the assistance Edith gave the President following his stroke,” Marks said. “It’s a little more modern, with a nice balance between the design elements and negative space.”

Marks said he expects the proof coin will offer nice contrasts between the mirror field and frosted areas.

“We think this will strike up very nicely and will be different from anything we’ve seen to date for this series,” Marks said.

The CCAC also reviewed designs for the 2014 Presidential $1 Coin Program featuring Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Marks said the designs favored most closely reflected the Presidents’ images and personalities.

The selections were designs No. 7 for Harding, No. 5 for Coolidge, No. 5 for Hoover and No. 1 for Roosevelt.

The committee also selected obverse and reverse designs for the Code Talkers Recognition Congressional Medals honoring the Muscogee Nation.

It endorsed design No. 3 for the obverse, which portrays a code talker with his radio and rifle. The design was also preferred by the Muscogee Nation, Marks said.

It endorsed design No. 2 for the reverse, which featured hesci sticks and an image of an eagle. The Muscogee Nation preferred design No. 3, which featured the hesci sticks and the words “World War II” and “Act of Congress 2008.”

Marks said the committee preferred a modern design.

“We think it will produce a very nice medal and will showcase an example of what modern designs look like and how they can create sharp looking coins and medals,” he said.

 

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