Living Men on the Nation's Coins
To date, four men have been portrayed on U.S. commemorative coins during their lifetime:
Governor T.E. Kilby: The obverse of the 1921 Alabama Centennial (Note: This is the first time a living person's portrait was used on a U.S. coin.)
President Calvin Coolidge: The obverse of the 1926 Sesquicentennial of American Independence (Note: The first time a portrait of a president appeared on a coin struck during his lifetime.)
Senator Carter Glass: The obverse of the 1936 Lynchburg, Virginia, Sesquicentennial (Note: Senator Glass's portrait apparently appeared against his wishes.)
Senator Joseph T. Robinson: The reverse of the 1936 Robinson-Arkansas Centennial.