Presidential Campaign is in Full Swing
The 2016 Presidential election is fast approaching. This year’s race is turning into an epic battle, with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald J. Trump attempting to become the 45th President. The election is on November 8, 2016, and the inauguration is on January 20, 2017.
Clinton was First Lady for President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, as well as a U.S. Senator from New York and Secretary of State for President Barack Obama. She is the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for President and is attempting to become the first female President in American history.
Trump is a billionaire businessman and real estate developer from New York who has developed casinos, golf courses, hotels, and other commercial ventures, most of which bear his “Trump” name; he was also the star of the reality TV show, The Apprentice. Although he has no previous political experience, he defeated 16 seasoned challengers to win his party’s nomination.
Race for the White House … as Shown on U.S. Coins and Currency!
As the race for the White House heats up every four years, both collectors and supporters of the major candidates scramble to find commemoratives that will serve as reminders of the history-making election. We are all familiar with the iconic “I Like Ike” buttons from Dwight D. Eisenhower’s campaigns in the 1950’s and the evocative campaign memorabilia from John F. Kennedy in 1960 to Barack Obama four years ago.
But how often does the race for the White House take a diversion through genuine United States coins and currency?
For the first time in 2016, each of the two major candidates is being featured on a set of four genuine, legal tender U.S. coins that were struck at the U.S. Mint: three out-of-issue State Quarters that are colorized* with portraits of the candidate, and a 2016 Kennedy Half Dollar that is colorized with the Seal of the President of the United States.
In addition, both Clinton and Trump are featured on genuine colorized* U.S. $2 bills that were issued by the U.S. Treasury and which are U.S. legal tender. One note features Clinton alone, while another shows Trump alone and the third depicts both candidates.
Each colorized coin and $2 bill is a true piece of history that will serve as a reminder of this historic election for generations to come. Like all such items from past elections, of course, they will not be around for long and will surely become even more prized in future years.
* The colorizations are added privately.