2011 First Spouse Gold Coins

The 2011 First Spouse Gold Coins continue a series of strikes that was started by the United States Mint in 2007. Each coin in the series is struck from 1/2 ounce of 24-karat gold and honors the spouse of a former President of the United States.

In fact, this series is a sort of companion series to the circulating Presidential dollars, also offered by the US Mint. The release schedule of both program are loosely tied together so that when a President is honored with one of the Presidential Dollars, that persons spouse will be honored shortly thereafter with the release of the First Spouse Gold Coin.

A few special rules are applicable only to the First Spouse Series, however. One such rule dictates that if a President served without a spouse (such as Thomas Jefferson), then the First Spouse Coin tied to that person's administration will feature an image of the mythical figure of Liberty instead. Second, if the President had more than one spouse while serving in office, then both will be featured on separate coins.

These coins were authorized, along with the Presidential Dollars, by the Presidential Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145).

Additional information on all four of the 2011 releases as well as the women they honor can be found below.


Eliza Johnson First Spouse Coin - Eliza Johnson served as the First Lady of the United States from April 15, 1865 – March 4, 1869 during the administration of her husband, Andrew Johnson. He ascended to the office from the Vice Presidency shortly into his term after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

Eliza, however, did not perform the typical social duties of the First Lady owing to her poor health. Instead, she remained on the second floor residence most of the time and allowed her daughter, Martha Johnson Patterson, to fulfill the requirements of White House hostess.


Julia S. Grant Gold Coin - Wife of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, Julia served as the First Lady in the White House from March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877. It is said the Julia enjoyed the easy and joyous times in the White House that she shared with her husband.

Those times were probably all that more special owing to the many years Julia was forced to endure the hardships associated with the wife of an Army officer. During the American Civil War (and after), Julia would join her husband as many times as possible while he was in the field.

Lucy Hayes Gold Coin - Lucy served as the First Lady of the White House from March 4, 1877 – March 4, 1881 during the administration of her husband, Rutherford B. Hayes. She is often called today by the nickname of "Lemonade Lucy" owing to the fact that no alcohol was served in the White House while her husband was President.

That nickname, however, was never applied to Lucy while she was in the White House. In fact, it was her husband's decision to ban alcohol, not hers. She did support that position, however, and was hailed by many in the temperance movement.

Lucretia Garfield Gold Coin - Lucretia was the First Lady of the White House during her husband's (James A. Garfield) short administration from March 4, 1881 – September 19, 1881. James was assassinated a few months into his term making Lucretia one of the shortest serving First Lady's of the United States.

Lucretia had begun the work of researching the elegance once present in the White House in preparation for restoring it to its former beauty, but had contracted malaria making her unable to complete any of the work before her husband passed away. Following his death, she lived another 36 years, spending a lot of time in the interest of preserving the records of James.

The First Spouse series dates back to 2007. The coins released since the programs debut and leading up to the 2011 issues include:

  • 2007 - Martha Washington First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2007 - Abigail Adams First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2007 - Thomas Jefferson's Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2007 - Dolley Madison First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2008 - Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2008 - Louisa Adams First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2008 - Andrew Jackson's Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2008 - Martin Van Buren's Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2009 - Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2009 - Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2009 - Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2009 - Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2009 - Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2010 - Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2010 - Jane Pierce First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2010 - James Buchanan's Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2010 - Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold 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.

2011 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: 2011
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: See Above
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: See Above

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