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March 16, 2016

United States Mint and Richard Nixon Foundation Celebrate Release of Coins Honoring former President and Mrs. Nixon

YORBA LINDA, CA - The United States Mint joined the Richard Nixon Foundation today to celebrate the release of the Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Gold Coin struck in honor of the couple.  The event commemorated Mrs. Nixon's 104th birthday.

"As both the Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Gold Coin programs come to a close this year, we are pleased to honor President Nixon and his wife Pat for their service to our Nation," said United States Mint Chief Counsel Jean Gentry, who spoke at the event.

Additional participants at the event included Richard Nixon Foundation President Bill Baribault and the former president's brother, Edward Nixon.

The Richard Nixon Presidential $1 Coin obverse (heads side) features a profile portrait of the former president with the inscriptions "RICHARD M. NIXON," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "37th PRESIDENT," and "1969-1974."  The coin's reverse (tails side) features a rendition of the Statue of Liberty, with the inscriptions "$1" and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA."  The year of minting or issuance, the mint mark, and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" are incused on the coin's edge. 

United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart designed and sculpted the obverse and reverse.

The Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coin features a portrait of the former first lady on its obverse, with the inscriptions "PATRICIA NIXON," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "LIBERTY," "2016," "37th," and "1969-1974."  The coin's reverse features stylized figures standing hand-in-hand surrounding a globe, symbolizing Mrs. Nixon's commitment to volunteerism around the world, with the inscriptions "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, " "E PLURIBUS UNUM, " "$10, " "1/2 OZ., " and ".9999 FINE GOLD." 

The obverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Richard Masters and sculpted by Everhart.  The reverse was also designed by Masters and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.

Both coins are available for purchase via the United States Mint online catalog at https://catalog.usmint.gov/.  

About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873.  It is the Nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins.  The United States Mint's numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.

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