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A combination photo of the designs for the George H.W. Bush presidential $1 coin, to be released later this year, and the Barbara Bush first spouse gold coin, to go on sale Aug. 20. Photos: U.S. Mint.

The U.S. Mint released this week the official images of the upcoming George H.W. Bush presidential $1 coin and the Barbara Bush first spouse gold coin.

The big picture: The presidential coin was designed by artist Elana Hagler and sculpted by Mint chief engraver Joseph Menna. The first spouse coin was designed by Benjamin Sowards and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse of the late first lady's coin, on sale from Aug. 20, honors her "passionate advocacy for family literacy," per a Mint statement.

  • It depicts a person reading to symbolize "literacy, education, and knowledge," with an open road to represent life's journey and the future. The sun featured "is the promise of a brighter future."
  • The coin honoring the late President Bush will go on sale later this year. Barbara Bush's design will also feature on a bronze medal along with the coin set featuring the late president, the first spouse medal and the chronicles sets, to be released later this year.
  • Barbara Bush died at the age of 92 in April 2018. Former President George H.W. Bush died seven months later at age 94.

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Editor's note: This post has been corrected to include the artist and engraver of the first spouse coin and to reflect that President Bush died seven months after Barbara Bush (not six months).

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The top Republicans who aren't voting for Trump in 2020

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said last week that he cannot support President Trump's re-election.

Why it matters: Hogan, a moderate governor in a blue state, joins other prominent Republicans who have publicly said they will either not vote for Trump's re-election this November or will back Biden.

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Trump grants flurry of last-minute pardons

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President Trump issued 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of 70 individuals early Wednesday, 11 hours from leaving office.

Why it matters: It's a last-minute gift to some of the president's loyalists and an evident use of executive power with only hours left of his presidency. Axios reported in December that Trump planned to grant pardons to "every person who ever talked to me."

Trump revokes ethics order barring former aides from lobbying

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Shortly after pardoning members of Congress and lobbyists convicted on corruption charges, President Trump revoked an executive order barring former officials from lobbying for five years after leaving his administration.

Why it matters: The order, which was signed eight days after he took office, was an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to "drain the swamp."

  • But with less than 12 hours left in office, Trump has now removed those limitations on his own aides.