Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Truman had known her future husband since they were children attending the same school in Independence,
Missouri. As First Lady, she did not enjoy the social and political scene in Washington, and at the end of her husband's term in
1953, she was relieved to return to Independence. She currently holds the record of longest-lived First Lady, at 97 years and 8
Bess found the White House's lack of privacy distasteful. As her husband put it later, she was "not especially interested" in the
"formalities and pomp or the artificiality which, as we had learned..., inevitably surround the family of the President Harry
Truman." Though she steadfastly fulfilled the social obligations of her position, she did only what she thought was necessary.
When the White House was rebuilt during Truman's second term, the family lived in Blair House and kept their social life to a
minimum. In most years of her husband's presidency Mrs. Truman was not regularly present in Washington other than during the
social season when her presence was expected.
The coin reverse features a locomotive wheel moving along railroad tracks, representing Mrs. Truman's support for her husband
on his 1948 whistle stop campaign trip for re-election as president.
2015 - First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, 1893–1897
Mamie married Dwight Eisenhower at age 19 in 1916. The young couple moved frequently between military quarters in many postings,
from Panama to the Philippines. As First Lady, she entertained a wide range of foreign dignitaries, who reacted well to her
confident style and splendid costumes.
Born in Boone, Iowa and named, in part, after the popular song Lovely Lake Geneva, Mamie Geneva Doud was the second child born
to John Sheldon Doud, a meatpacking executive, and his wife, the former Elivera Mathilde Carlson. She grew up in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, and the Doud winter home in San Antonio, Texas.
The Eisenhowers celebrated with a housewarming picnic for the staff at what would be their last temporary quarters: the White
House. Diplomacy—and air travel—in the postwar world brought changes in their official hospitality. They entertained an
unprecedented number of heads of state and leaders of foreign governments.
The reverse of the coin features a woman's hand holding up a political campaign button with the slogan “I Like Mamie,” referring
to Ms. Eisenhower's popularity as first lady, her involvement in her husband's presidential campaigns and the popular campaign
slogan “I Like Ike.”
2015 - First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, 1857–1861
Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was the elder daughter of Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and
socialite Janet Lee Bouvier. In 1951, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature from George Washington
University and went on to work for the Washington Times-Herald as an inquiring photographer.
In 1952, Bouvier met Congressman John F. Kennedy at a dinner party. Shortly after, he was elected to the United States Senate
and the couple married the following year. They had four children, two of whom died in infancy.
Despite not participating on the campaign trail, Kennedy's fashion choices became subject to intense media attention. On the one
hand, she was admired for her personal style: frequently featured in women's magazines alongside film stars and named as one of
the twelve best-dressed women of the world.
The reverse of the coin features the saucer magnolia Mrs. Kennedy chose to be planted in the White House garden and near the
eternal flame at her husband's grave at Arlington National Cemetery. The petals stretch across the globe, its tips connecting the
points of some of her most notable diplomatic visits.
2015 - First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, 1861–1865
Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Taylor Johnson, notably well-educated for a woman of her era, proved a capable manager and a shrewd
investor. After marrying LBJ in 1934 when he was a political hopeful in Austin, Texas, she used a modest inheritance to bankroll
his congressional campaign, and then ran his office while he served in the Navy.
"Lady Bird" was born in Karnack, Texas, a town in Harrison County, near the state line with Louisiana. Her birthplace was
"The Brick House," an antebellum plantation house on the outskirts of town, which her father had purchased shortly before her
As First Lady, Lady Bird started a capital beautification project (Society for a More Beautiful National Capital) to improve
physical conditions in Washington, D.C., for both residents and tourists by planting millions of flowers. Her beliefs regarding
the importance of national beautification can be summarized in her statement that "Where flowers bloom, so does hope."
The coin reverse depicts the Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument and flowers in reference to Mrs. Johnson's efforts in the
beautification and conservation of America, which began in Washington, D.C.