US Mint Issues 2009 First Spouse Bronze Five Medal Set

by Darrin Lee Unser on December 3, 2009 · 0 comments

2009 First Spouse Bronze Five Medal SetA five-medal set of the 1 5/16" 2009 First Spouse Bronze Medals has been released by the US Mint today.

The set became available at 12 Noon ET and contains bronzes that bear the likeness of the First Spouse Gold coins which were released throughout 2009. (Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Coins were issued today as well.)

Each set sells for $15.95 and comes with the medals packaged in Mylar®, then inserted into a folded card containing product information. A custom-made envelope is also included. The Mint’s standard shipping charge of $4.95 per order will apply.

Each of the medals may also be purchased separately for the price of $3.50 each.

The five presidential spouses featured in this set are:

Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison

The obverse of the Anna Harrison Bronze Medal was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Associate Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. 

The reverse design, by AIP Master Designer Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers, depicts Mrs. Harrison sharing her passion for teaching with her students. 

Letitia Christian Tyler

The obverse of the Letitia Tyler Bronze Medal was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. 

The reverse, designed by AIP Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Norman E. Nemeth, depicts Mrs. Tyler and her two oldest children behind their Cedar Grove Plantation, where she and John were married in 1813.  

Julia Gardiner Tyler

The obverse and reverse of the Julia Tyler Bronze Medal were designed by AIP Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. 

The reverse design depicts President and Mrs. Tyler dancing together at a White House Ball.

Sarah Childress Polk

The obverse and reverse of the Sarah Polk Bronze Medal was designed and sculpted by Hemphill. 

The reverse design depicts Mrs. Polk working in the White House in support of her husband’s career.

Margaret Mackall Smith Taylor

The obverse of the Margaret Taylor Bronze Medal features a portrait designed by Hemphill and sculpted by Vickers. 

The coin’s reverse, designed by AIP Associate Designer Mary Beth Zeitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz, depicts Margaret Taylor comforting an injured soldier during the Seminole War.

For images of all the medals, see First Spouse Medal Images.

Purchase Information

Those interested in purchasing the five-medal set can do so online at the Mint’s website: www.usmint.gov or by calling the toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Hearing and speech-impaired customers may place orders and inquiries through TTY at 1-888-321-MINT (6468), Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).

About the United States Mint

The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage.  Its primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.

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