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.

Obverse

Depicts a portrait of Margaret Taylor. The inscriptions include "Margaret Taylor”, the motto “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, the order of the Presidency “12th”, the dates of the Presidential term "1849-1850", and the date and mintmark "W".

Margaret "Peggy" Mackall Taylor (née Smith; 1788–1852) was the wife of President Zachary Taylor. She was the first lady of the United States from 1849 to 1850.

Design: Phebe Hemphill (PH)
Modelling: Charles Vickers (CLV)

MARGARET TAYLOR
IN GOD
WE
TRUST
LIBERTY
2009
W
PH CLV
12th 1849-1850

Reverse

Depicts a younger Margaret Taylor caring for a wounded soldier. She is known for having nursed wounded soldiers and counselled soldier’s wives during the Seminole War. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, the legal tender face value “$10”, and the gold content and purity “1/2 oz. .9999 Fine Gold”.

Design: Mary Beth Zeitz (MBZ)
Modelling: James Licaretz (JL)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
MBZ JL
• 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 1.88 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mint
West Point Mint (W)

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