2010 First Spouse Gold Coins

Four new 24-karat gold coins will be issued as the US Mint's next installments of a series it launched in 2007. The 2010 First Spouse Gold Coins are each struck from 1/2 ounce of the precious metal to either proof or uncirculated condition.

As has been the case with the previous issues, each coin will be released coinciding with the Presidential dollars they are affiliated with. For example, when the Millard Fillmore Presidential Dollar is released the Abigail Fillmore First Spouse coin will follow shortly thereafter.

The law dictates that if the President was not married while he was in office, an image of Lady Liberty (one that was used on a circulating coin of his era) will be placed on the obverse with the reverse thematic to the President's life. The James Buchanan Liberty First Spouse Coin is the only 2010 example of this. The Buchanan Liberty is the fourth Liberty in the series as a whole.

On the remaining three 2010 issues, the President was married during his term, and the first spouse coin will contain an image of his wife on the obverse as well as a scene depicting her life on the reverse.

Additional information on all four of the 2010 releases as well as the women they honor can be found below.

Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Gold Coin line-art Obverse

Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Coin - Abigail was an avid reader from an early age, thanks in part to the vast collection of books her deceased father had accumulated. She continued this love of reading throughout her life and would eventually found the White House Library while she served as First Lady.

Abigail was not comfortable with the social duties required of her and instead delegated those tasks to her capable daughter Abby. Abigail instead spent her time in the residence.

Phebe Hemphill designed and sculpted the portrait of Abigail Fillmore found on the obverse. The reverse, designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna, shows Abigail shelving books in the White House Library which she founded.

Jane Pierce First Spouse Gold Coin line art obverse

Jane Pierce Gold Coin - Jane always opposed the political ambitions of her husband Franklin. At one point, the couple decided he should retire completely from politics which they did only to find he had been nominated for President. Upon hearing the news, Jane even fainted.

Elected as President, the couple lost their only surviving child to a freak train wreck only two months before the inauguration. Jane blamed Franklin's political desires and never fully recovered from the loss.

Donna Weaver sculpted the portrait of Jane on the obverse. It was sculpted by Don Everhart. The reverse depicts Jane sitting in the visitor's gallery of the Old Senate Chamber of the US Capitol listening to a debate. It was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

Buchanan Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse

James Buchanan's Liberty Gold Coin - Since James Buchanan was a life-long bachelor the First Spouse coin honoring his administration contains an image of Lady Liberty. In this case it is Liberty as designed by Christian Gobrecht that was featured on the Liberty Head Quarter Eagle from 1840-1907.

The reverse shows a young Buchanan working on book-keeping at his family's small store. It was designed by David Westwood and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Mary Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse

Mary Todd Lincoln Gold Coin - Depicting one of the most tragic former First Ladies, the Mary Lincoln coin shows a regal portrait of her on the obverse that was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

Wife of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States, Mary served in the White House during the American Civil War. Accordingly, most social functions were quite subdued. Mary also witnessed the assassination of her husband just days after the end of the war.

On the obverse of her coin we find Mary visiting wounded Union soldiers. It was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

The 2010 series of First Spouse coins were pre-ceded in 2007 by the Martha Washington coin, the Abigail Adams coin, the Jefferson Liberty and the Dolley Madison coin. In 2008, the Mint issued the Elizabeth Monroe coin, the Louisa Adams coin, Jackson's Liberty and Van Buren's Liberty. 2009 saw the Anna Harrison coin, the Letitia Tyler Coin, the Julia Tyler coin, the Sarah Polk Coin and the Margaret Taylor coin.

The Mint bases its price for each First Spouse coin on the weekly average of the London Gold Fix. As such, prices can fluctuate quite often.

2010 First Spouse Gold Coin Specifications

Mintmark: W
Finish/Condition: Uncirculated, Proof
Composition: .9999 Fine Gold
Weight: .50 Troy oz (15.554 g)
Diameter: 26.49 mm (1.041 inches)
Thickness: 1.88 mm (0.074 inches)
Edge: reeded
Date of Issue: 2010
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: See Above
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: See Above

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