Donna Pope

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Donna Pope
33rd Director of the United States Mint
In office
July 1981 – August 1991
PresidentRonald Reagan
George H. W. Bush
Preceded byStella Hackel Sims
Succeeded byDavid J. Ryder
Member of the
Ohio House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
January 5, 1972 – December 31, 1982
Preceded byGertrude Polcar
Succeeded by???
Personal details
Born(1931-10-15)15 October 1931
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died23 June 2023(2023-06-23) (aged 91)
Colorado, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

Donna Pope (15 October 1931 – 23 June 2023) was an American politician and civil servant who served as the Director of the United States Mint, appointed by President Ronald Reagan.[1][2]


Prior to being appointed Director, she served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives. During her time as the Director of the United States Mint, she oversaw the establishment of gold coins, which were the first since 1933.[3] After leaving the United States Mint in 1991, she served as the Director of U.S. Market Activities for the International Olympic Committee's centennial coin program.[4][5]


Donna Pope died on June 23, 2023, at the age of 91.[6]


  1. ^ States, United; Affairs, United States Congress Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban (1992). Nomination of David J. Ryder: Hearing Before the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, First Session, on the Nomination of David J. Ryder, of Virginia, to be Director of the Mint for a Term of 5 Years, Vice Donna Pope, Term Expired, November 22, 1991. U.S. Government Printing Office. ISBN 978-0-16-037293-3.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Ronald, Reagan (1982-01-01). Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Ronald Reagan, 1981. Best Books on. ISBN 978-1-62376-932-1.
  3. ^ "U.S. Mint Again Going for the Gold". Chicago Tribune. 9 September 1986.
  4. ^ "U.S. Treasurer and Ex-Mint Director Comment on Coins". Chicago Tribune. 8 September 1991.
  5. ^ "Six Women Who Have Led the Mint | U.S. Mint". 13 June 2016. Retrieved 2020-05-26.
  6. ^ "Donna Marie Pope obituary". Retrieved 10 July 2023.

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Government offices
Preceded by Director of the United States Mint
July 1981 – August 1991
Succeeded by