* Proofs known to exist
Designer: Obverse - Charles E. Barber, Reverse
- George T. Morgan
souvenir gold dollar was minted to help defray costs of construction
of the McKinley Birthplace Memorial. The Act of Congress of February
23, 1916, authorizing construction of the McKinley Birthplace
Memorial, specified that not over 100,000 gold dollars of special
commemorative design could be made at the Philadelphia mint only,
and that afterwards the dies must be destroyed. Charles E. Barber
created the obverse design, which consisted of a portrait of McKinley
quite unlike that used on his 1903 dated Louisiana Purchase Exposition
coins. George T. Morgan created the reverse. In August and October
1916, 20,026 McKinley commemorative gold dollars were struck at
the Philadelphia Mint, of which approximately 15,000 were sold.
There are at least a half dozen proofs of the 1916 McKinley (including
one in the Smithsonian Institution).