The Martha Washington First Spouse Gold Coin was first offered for sale by the United States Mint on June 19, 2007. Along with the coin honoring Abigail Adams it was the first release of 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, “Martha Washington,” “In God We Trust,” and “Liberty.” Also included are the date and mint mark, years served as first spouse “1789-1797″ and order of the Presidency “1st.”
The reverse of the coin was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Don Everhart. The reverse depicts a younger Martha Washington sewing a button onto her husband’s uniform jacket. The scene comes from the days of the Revolutionary War, when the future First Lady showed particular concern for the Revolutionary War soldiers.
Martha Washington 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 quickly surged on the secondary market before slowly declining back towards the issue price.
Other 2007 First Spouse Gold Coins:
- Abigail Adams First Spouse Gold Coin
- Thomas Jefferson’s Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
- Dolley Madison First Spouse Gold Coin
Designer: Joseph Menna (obverse), Susan Gamble (reverse)
Sculptor: Joseph Menna (obverse), Don Everhart (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)
More Information: First Spouse Gold Coins