The United States Mint will issue the Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin in December 2010. This will represent the final release of the year for the series, and the seventeenth release overall. This is expected to be one of the most popular First Spouse coin releases in recent years.
The obverse of the coin features portrait of Mary Todd Lincoln as designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Required obverse inscriptions include the First Lady’s name, the order of the Presidency and years of the term, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, and the date of issue.
The reverse of the Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Coin was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. It depicts a scene of Mrs. Lincoln visiting wounded Union soldiers, bearing flowers and books. Inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, and information on the gold content and fineness.
As a change from prior years, the United States Mint has established the maximum mintage across proof and uncirculated versions of the coin at just 20,000 coins. This is half the level used for coins released during the first three years of the series. The Mary Todd Lincoln Gold Coins will remain available for sale at the US Mint until the maximum mintage has been sold or for approximately one year, whichever occurs first.
Designer: Phebe Hemphill (obverse), Joel Iskowitz (reverse)
Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill (obverse & 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