The Louisa Adams First Spouse Gold Coin was released by the US Mint on May 29, 2008. This was the sixth release of the First Spouse Gold Program and the second coin released for 2008. When the Louisa Adams coins went on sale, the prior two releases honoring Dolley Madison and Elizabeth Monroe remained on sale.
The obverse of the Louisa Adams coin was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. It features a portrait of the First Lady and the inscriptions, “Louisa Adams,” “In God We Trust,” and “Liberty.” Also included are the date and mint mark, years served as first spouse “1825-1829″ and order of the Presidency “6th.”
The reverse of the coin was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The reverse depicts a younger Louisa Adams with her first son Charles. They are making a long journey across Europe to join husband and father John Quincy Adams in Paris.
Louisa Adams First Spouse Coins were issued with both proof and uncirculated finishes. The coins had a maximum authorized mintage of 40,000 coins across both options. The coins will remain on sale for approximately one year from the start of sales.
Other 2008 First Spouse Gold Coins:
Designer: Susan Gamble (obverse), Joseph Menna (reverse)
Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill (obverse), Joseph Menna (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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