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Living Men on the Nation's Coins

To date, four men have been portrayed on U.S. commemorative coins during their lifetime:

Governor T.E. Kilby on the front of the 1921 Alabama Centennial. This is the first time a living person's portrait was used on a U.S. coin.

President Calvin Coolidge on the front of the 1926 Sesquicentennial of American Independence. This is the first time a portrait of a president appeared on a coin struck during his lifetime.

Senator Carter Glass on the front of the 1936 Lynchburg, Virginia, Sesquicentennial coin. Senator Glass's portrait apparently appeared against his wishes.

Senator Joseph T. Robinson on the back of the 1936 Robinson-Arkansas Centennial coin.

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