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 Abigail Fillmore. The inscriptions include “Abigail Fillmore”, the motto “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, the order of the Presidency “13th”, the dates of the Presidential term "1850-1853", and the date and mintmark "W".

Abigail Fillmore (née Powers; 1798–1853), wife of President Millard Fillmore, was the first lady of the United States from 1850 to 1853. A teacher by profession, she was a notable scholar, who built a library at the White House and started a literary salon. Her husband respected her political judgment, and was willing to consult her on state matters.

Design: Phebe Hemphill (PH)

ABIGAIL FILLMORE
IN GOD
WE
TRUST
LIBERTY
2010
W
PH
13th 1850-1853

Reverse

Depicts Abigail Fillmore placing books on a library shelf. The reverse inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, the denomination “$10”, the gold content “1/2 oz.”, and the gold purity “.9999 Fine Gold”.

Design: Susan Gamble (SG)
Modelling: Joseph Menna (JFM)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
SG JFM
• E PLURIBUS UNUM • $10 • 1/2 Oz. .9999 FINE GOLD •

Edge

10 Dollars

Bullion Coinage
KM# 481
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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