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The Nation’s First Ladies are being honored on a series of one-half ounce 24 karat gold coins. The coins are considered numismatic items and have a nominal face value of $10. Typically, four different designs are released per year featuring the spouses of the Presidents in the order served. The First Spouse Gold Coins represent the first time that the United States Mint has featured women on a consecutive series of coins.
The program was authorized under Public Law 109-145 The Presidential $1 Coin Act. In addition to authorizing the Presidential Dollars series, which features the former Presidents in the order served, the law also provided for the issuance of gold coins featuring the President’s spouses.
For Presidents who served in office with a first and second wife, two gold coins are issued for the Presidency. For Presidents who served in office without a spouse, a depiction of Liberty is presented on the obverse of the coin for four instances, with Suffragist Alice Paul depicted for the final instance.
The obverse of each First Spouse coin features a portrait of the spouse being honored. The reverse design of each coin contains images emblematic of the spouse being honored. Some of the reverse designs so far have included memorable scenes from the spouse’s life, or images representative of their major contributions, themes, or accomplishments.
Depicts a portrait of Martha Washington. The inscriptions include “Martha Washington”, the motto “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, the order of the Presidency “1st”, the dates of the Presidential term, and the date and mintmark.
Depicts a younger Martha Washington sewing a button onto her husband’s uniform jacket. She showed great concern for soldiers during the Revolutionary War and is known for having organized sick wards, repairing uniforms, and encouraging others to support the troops. The reverse inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “First Lady of the Continental Army”, the denomination “$10”, the gold content “1/2 oz.”, and the purity “.9999 Fine Gold”.
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