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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 the image of Liberty originally used on the Draped Bust Half Cent, produced between 1800 and 1808. The obverse inscriptions include “Liberty”, “In God We Trust – 2007”, “3rd Presidency”, the dates of the Presidential term “1801-1809”, and the mint mark “W”.
Depicts an image of Thomas Jefferson’s monument. This is the final resting place of the 3rd President, which is located on the grounds of his estate in Monticello. The inscription from the monument is reproduced on the coin.
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