On April 17, 2018, former First Lady Barbara Bush died at the age of 92 after an extended illness. One of the most extraordinary and highly respected women in American history, she was also just the second person who was both husband to one President and mother to another.
Barbara Pierce – an ancestor of the 14th President, Franklin Pierce – married World War II hero George H.W. Bush in 1945. She had six children while her husband made his fortune in the oil business in Texas and embarked on a political career that saw him serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, as ambassador to the United Nations, and as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
In 1980, George H.W. Bush was elected Vice President alongside Ronald Reagan, and it was during her eight years as Second Lady that Barbara became known for her humanitarian causes – and her biting wit. George H.W. Bush was elected President in 1988, and as First Lady Barbara focused on literacy and developed the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. She was much beloved by the American public.
Barbara Bush’s oldest son, George W. Bush, was elected President in 2000, making Barbara the second First Lady after Abigail Adams to become the mother of a President – and the first see her son serve as President. Another son, Jeb, was governor of Florida. At the time of her death, Barbara’s husband was 93.
Now, as we look back on the life of a great American, you can celebrate Barbara Bush’s unique place in American history with these special limited-edition commemoratives. Order now, because they won’t last long!
Barbara Bush Colorized Coin & Currency
For the first time in history, a genuine U.S. $2 bill and a Kennedy Half Dollar have been colorized to honor the life and legacy of a First Lady. This $2 bill is beautifully colorized with images of Barbara Bush flanked by two Presidents – her husband and her son – and an image representing her passion for literacy, as well as a memorial banner showing her name and years of birth and death. The Kennedy Half Dollar features a classic portrait of Barbara Bush, along with her name and years of birth and death. The colorizing is the highest quality in the world, and both items are protected in a custom folio. Includes a Certificate of Authenticity.
Barbara Bush Colorized Silver Eagle
The genuine 2018 U.S. Silver Eagle Dollar is beautifully colorized in memory of First Lady Barbara Bush. The classic portrait shows Barbara Bush wearing her iconic pearl necklace, and the design is completed with the memorial banner showing her name and years of birth and death. The Silver Eagle is struck with one ounce of pure silver; the coin is encapsulated and comes with a beautiful display case and a Certificate of Authenticity.