2010 First Spouse Gold Coin Design Images Revealed by US Mint

by Mike Unser on December 23, 2009 · 0 comments

The United States Mint today revealed the final design images of the new 2010 First Spouse Gold Coins featuring the wives of Presidents Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, and Lincoln. These men will be depicted in 2010 on Presidential $1 clad coins while their spouses will be honored on $10 gold pieces.

2010 First Spouse Gold Coin Designs

The coins mark the fourteenth through the seventeenth to be issued in the series which began in 2007. The US Mint will produce collector proof an uncirculated versions. Each is struck in 1/2 ounces of 24 karat, .9999 fine gold. The new designs also will be featured on 1-5/16" bronze medals.

 

"The First Spouse Gold Coin designs give us a glimpse into the fascinating lives of the women who supported, promoted and often advised the men who led our country," Mint Director Ed Moy said in aptly describing the series last year.

 

The following are images of each first lady coin, and design information as provided by the US Mint.

Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Gold Coin

Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse Design
Abigail Obverse Design
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Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Gold Coin Reverse Design
Abigail Reverse Design
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The obverse portrait was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The gold coin’s reverse depicts an image of Abigail shelving books in the library that she established at the White House. It was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Jane Pierce First Spouse Gold Coin

Jane Pierce First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse Design
Jane Obverse Design
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Jane Pierce First Spouse Gold Coin Reverse Design
Jane Reverse Design
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The obverse image of was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Don Everhart. The reverse design, also by Weaver, features Jane listening to debates while sitting in the visitor’s gallery of the Old Senate Chamber in the U.S. Capitol Building. It was sculpted by Charles Vickers.

James Buchanan’s First Spouse Gold Coin Liberty

James Buchanan's First Spouse Gold Coin Liberty Obverse Design
Buchanan’s Obverse Design
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James Buchanan's First Spouse Gold Coin Liberty Reverse Design
Buchanan’s Reverse Design
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Since James Buchanan did not have a spouse while her served as President, the obverse features a design emblematic of Liberty as it appeared on a U.S. coin issued during his time in office. It is a reproduction of the Liberty Head Quarter Eagle that was minted from 1840 through 1907. It was design by Christian Gobrecht. The reverse design is by David Westwood and depicts Buchanan as a young man working as a book-keeper in his family’s small country store. It was sculpted by Joseph Menna.

Mary Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin

Mary Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse Design
Mary Obverse Design
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Mary Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin Reverse Design
Mary Reverse Design
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The obverse image of Mary Todd Lincoln was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.  The reverse features Mary giving flowers and books to wounded Union soldiers. It was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

The United States Mint issues First Spouse Gold Coins on the same schedule as the Presidential $1 Coins issued honoring the Presidents.

For more or updated information, read 2010 First Spouse Gold Coins Information.

 

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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