The 2015 Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse Gold Coin represented the fourth and final release of the year for the First Spouse Gold Coin Program. Overall, this represented the thirty-ninth release of the series.
The obverse of the coin featured a portrait of the First Lady designed by Linda Fox and engraved by Michael Gaudioso. The inscriptions include “Lady Bird Johnson”, the motto “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, the date and mint mark “2015 W”, the order of the Presidency “36th”, and the dates served “1963-1969”.
On the reverse of the coin is a depiction of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument with flowers growing in the foreground. A stylized inscription above reads “Beautify our cities, parks & highways”. The design was created in reference to Mrs. Johnson’s efforts in the beautification and conservation of America, which began in Washington, D.C. Inscriptions around the outer rim read “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “$10”, and “1/2 oz. .9999 Fine Gold”. The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Renata Gordon.
The United States Mint opened sales for the Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse Gold Coins on August 27, 2015. On that date, individual proof and uncirculated versions of the coins struck at the West Point Mint were available for sale. The initial pricing for the coins was $765 for the proof version and $745 for the uncirculated version. These prices remained subject to potential weekly change throughout the course of the offering.
A maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces was established across both versions of the coin with the ratio of proof to uncirculated coins to be determined based on customer demand. The maximum mintage level was the same as established for the first two releases of the year, but lower than the 30,000 mintage established for the Jacqueline Kennedy coin.
Sales progressed at a modest pace reflecting the base level of demand that had been established by the dedicated collectors of the series. Both the proof and uncirculated versions of the coin remained available for sale throughout year following release and even into 2017.
Coin Specifications and Mintages
Mint: West Point (W)
Designers: Linda Fox (obverse), Chris Costello (reverse)
Composition: 0.9999 Gold
Weight: 0.5000 troy oz. (15.554 g)
Diameter: 1.041 inches (26.49 mm)
Thickness: 0.074 inches (1.88 mm)