The First Spouse Gold Coins series was launched with much excitement in 2007. The series was conceived as a companion to the Presidential Dollars series which was launched in the same year. As coins were issued to honor each president, a gold coin would be released to honor each President’s spouse.
The US Mint initially planned to release all four 2007 First Spouse Gold Coins at the same time, available only as complete sets of the four releases for the year. These plans were changed a few months in advance of the sales date based on revised estimates of the coins popularity. The first two coins featuring Martha Washington and Abigail Adams were issued on the same date but as separate offerings on June 19, 2007. Both coins sold out of the maximum 40,000 authorized mintage by the end of the day.
Each First Spouse Gold Coin contains one half ounce of 24 karat gold. Each coin was available in proof or uncirculated versions. The obverse of each coin features a portrait of the spouse with the reverse representative of the spouse’s life or accomplishments. If a President served without a spouse, as was the case for Thomas Jefferson, the obverse bears an image of Liberty from circulating coins of the era.
Even though 2007 First Spouse Coin sales started off brisk with the first three issues of the series, interest waned by the fourth release, which did not sell out. The decline in popularity may be the result of initial over ordering and the rising price of gold, which made the series increasingly expensive. The following four coins were issued during 2007:
Mint: West Point (W mint mark)
Weight: 0.5000 troy oz. (15.554 g)
Composition: 0.9999 fine gold
Diameter: 1.041 inches (26.49 mm)
Thickness: 0.074 inches (1.88 mm)