The Abigail Adams First Spouse Gold Coin was offered for sale by the United States Mint on June 19, 2007. On the same date the first release of the series honoring Martha Washington was also released. Together these two coins were the first releases for the new First Spouse Gold Coin Program.
The obverse of the coin was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna. It features a portrait of the First Lady and the inscriptions, "Abigail Adams," "In God We Trust," and "Liberty." Also included are the date and mint mark, years served as first spouse "1797-1801" and order of the Presidency "2nd."
The reverse of the coin was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. A young Abigail Adams is depicted writing one of her most well known letters. While her husband was working to create a new republic, she reminded him to "Remember the Ladies." This famous inscription is included on the coin's design.
Abigail Adams First Spouse Coins were issued with both proof and uncirculated finishes. The coins had a maximum authorized mintage of 40,000 coins and sold out on the day of issue. Prices for the sold out coins moved higher on the secondary market, before later retreating back to the issue price.
Other 2007 First Spouse Gold Coins:
Designer: Joseph Menna (obverse), Thomas Cleveland (reverse)
Sculptor: Joseph Menna (obverse), Phebe Hemphill (reverse)
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)
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