When you consider the likes of Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, when it comes to Barbara Bush about the only thing you can say is that you simply “don’t know what you’ve got, until it’s gone.” Our 41st First Lady absolutely had an air of quiet reverence, dignity, and grace about her that turned out to be hard to match in some of the succeeding administrations. She is now getting some of the respect that she deserves with her very own portrayal on a First Spouse Gold Coin!
On August 19th, the United States Mint announced that they will be accepting orders for this Barbara Bush First Spouse Gold Coin. They actually began to take orders on this unique and remarkable a few days ago on August 20th. Indeed, there are actually several products that are being promoted to honor the lives of both Barbara Bush and her husband, President George H.W. Bush, who was the 41st. President of the United States. This is in accordance with a bill entitled Public Law 116-112.
This Barbara Bush First Spouse Gold Coin was struck in one-half ounce of 24-karat gold, and it has a mintage of just 3,000 in Proof and 2,000 in Uncirculated. The proof coin has a product code of 20PB and Uncirculated 20PC. This coin has an obverse that depicts the quiet and reserved demeanor of Mrs. Bush and a reverse that shows a person who is engrossed in a book and they have an open road before them. This open road is a symbol of knowledge, literacy, and the journey of life. There is also a sun, and that depiction is illustrating the promise of a bright future ahead. There are the inscriptions “BARBARA BUSH”, “LIBERTY”, “2020”, “IN GOD WE TRUST”, “41st”, and “1989-1993.” The inscriptions on the reverse read “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA”, “E PLURIBUS UNUM”, “.9999 FINE GOLD”.
Are you wondering about the prices for these illustrious Barbara Bush coins? Well, all of the pricing information can be found on the Mint’s “Pricing of Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, Platinum, and Palladium Products” table located on their website.
At this moment in time, the only place where you can purchase the Barbara Bush First Spouse Gold piece would be at catalog.usmint.gov. You also can find information about shipping options at that same link as well.
Yes, there is truly no better way to honor the life of First Lady Barbara Bush by showcasing her on this well-crafted commemorative Gold coin. Barbara Bush was actually born in Manhattan in 1925 and married George H.W. Bush when he was on leave from the Navy in 1945 in Rye, New York. They moved to Texas in 1948 and that is where George would eventually began his political career. In the long run, Barbara Bush became only the second woman since Abigail Adams to be both a First Lady and the mother of a U.S. president as well. Thus, it is only fitting that this remarkable woman be immortalized on a U.S. Mint gold coin.