Description

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.

Release date: June 19, 2007

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Abigail Adams, based oil-on-canvas portrait is by Gilbert Stuart. The First Lady sat for the portrait in Philadelphia during her husband’s presidency. She was 56 at the time.

The inscriptions include “Abigail Adams”, the motto “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, the order of the Presidency “2nd”, the dates of the Presidential term, and the date and mintmark.

Abigail Adams (née Smith; 1744–1818) was the wife and closest advisor of John Adams, as well as the mother of John Quincy Adams. She is sometimes considered to have been a Founder of the United States, and is now designated as the second first lady of the United States, although this title was not used at the time. She and Barbara Bush are the only two women to have been married to one U.S. president and the mother of another.

Adams's life is one of the most documented of the First Ladies: she is remembered for the many letters she wrote to her husband while he stayed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the Continental Congresses. John frequently sought the advice of Abigail on many matters, and their letters are filled with intellectual discussions on government and politics. Her letters also serve as eyewitness accounts of the American Revolutionary War home front.

Design: Joseph Menna (JFM)

ABIGAIL ADAMS
IN GOD
WE
TRUST
LIBERTY
2007
W
JPM
2nd 1797-1801

Reverse

Depicts a youthful Abigail Adams writing a letter to her husband while he served in the Second Continental Congress. John Adams valued his wife’s advice above the counsel of any other contemporary, holding that her political wisdom equaled that of his professional colleagues. In one letter, Abigail urged her husband to “remember the ladies” as the new nation was being formed. This advice is featured as an inscription in Cleveland’s design, which was sculpted by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.

The inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, the quote “Remember the Ladies” in a script, with the denomination, gold content, and purity.

Design: Thomas Cleveland (TC)
Modelling: Phebe Hemphill (PH)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
"Remember
the Ladies"
TC PH
• E PLURIBUS UNUM • $10 • 1/2 Oz. .9999 FINE GOLD •

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.999
Weight 15.552 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
Thickness -
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
West Point Mint (W)

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