At a meeting held on March 20, 2014, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed design candidates provided by the United States Mint for the 2015 and 2016 Presidential Dollars. Across the two years, six coins will be issued to honor the former Presidents of the United States Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Gerald R. Ford.
The members present at the CFA meeting provided their recommendations, however since there was not a quorum, the recommendations have been placed on the agenda for confirmation at the next meeting.
The same slate of design candidates had previously been reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee on March 10, 2014, who provided their recommendations. (Refer to the linked article for images of all design candidates.) The authority to select the final designs rests with the Secretary of the Treasury.
For the Harry S. Truman Presidential Dollar, the CFA members recommended alternative HT-01 as the best portrait. This matched the recommendation offered by the CCAC.
Once again matching the recommendation of the CCAC, the CFA recommended alternative DE-02 for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Dollar.
The CFA did not offer a recommendation for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Dollar, however they did comment that the portrait in alternative JFK-02, while not a satisfactory likeness, may have the best potential for development as a suitable design.
The CCAC had recommended an alternative depicting President Kennedy in a downward pose, inspired by Kennedy’s White House portrait. The CFA commented that the pose would not be successful as a coin design since it placed excessive emphasis on the top of the head and would not translate well as a sculptural design.
For the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar, the CFA recommended alternative LBJ-04 with the suggestion to lower the position of the head to provide separation from the inscription at the top. The CCAC had offered a recommendation for a different alternative LBJ-03, although LBJ-04 had also received support from members.
The CFA followed the recommendation of the CCAC and offered their support for alternative RN-01 for the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Dollar. The CFA members commented on the firmness of character conveyed by the portrait.
For the Gerald Ford Presidential Dollar, the CFA recommended alternative GF-04. This followed the recommendation offered by the CCAC.