Gold Coin Series
The First Spouse Gold Coin Program was authorized by Public Law 109-145 which was signed on December 22, 2005. The series was structured to coincide with the Presidential Dollars coin series so that as coins are issued to honor each President, the corresponding coin is issued to honor his spouse.
First Spouse Gold Coins are minted in 24 karat gold. The gold content is 1/2 ounce of .9999 fine gold. Each coin is required to bear the words, “The United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” “$10,” “1/2 oz.” and “.9999 Fine Gold.”
The obverse design of each coin features a portrait of the First Spouse. The reverse design features a unique image which is emblematic of the spouse’s life and work. If a President served without a spouse, then the obverse design features an image of Liberty from one of the circulating coins of the era. The reverse design bears a theme emblematic of the President.
The first coins of the series honoring Martha Washington and Abigail Adams were released on June 19, 2007. Each coin sold out its maximum authorized mintage of 40,000 coins. The third coin Thomas Jefferson’s Liberty also sold the maximum authorized mintage of 40,000. Despite the early popularity, recent releases have showed a declining sales trend. There were even reports that large numbers of the first three issues were melted by a private mint after the coins failed to retain significant premiums above the gold value.
For the duration of the series four or five coins will be released each year. The series is currently scheduled to run until at least 2016. You can view the releases for the series so far:
- 2007 First Spouse Gold Coins
- 2008 First Spouse Gold Coins
- 2009 First Spouse Gold Coins
- 2010 First Spouse Gold Coins
Dates: 2007 – 2016
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)