2016 Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coins Launch

by Darrin Lee Unser on February 18, 2016 · 3 comments

Earlier today, Feb. 18, the United States Mint started taking orders for 2016-W $10 Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coins.

2016 Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coins and Cases

Proof and uncirculated 2016 Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coins and their presentation cases

Featuring designs emblematic of Patricia Nixon, wife of the 37th U.S. President Richard Nixon, they are composed of one-half ounce of 24-karat gold and appear in both proof and uncirculated collector-grade finishes.

This release signals the dusk for the First Spouse Gold Coin Program which debuted in 2007 alongside the series of clad dollars commemorating deceased United States presidents. Just two more first ladies will be honored in the program. These include the:

  • 2016-W $10 Betty Ford First Spouse Gold Coins
  • 2016-W $10 Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coins

Each gold coin coincides with the release of the corresponding Presidential $1 Coin. Betty Ford coins are scheduled for release on Mar. 25 while those for Nancy Reagan are expected to launch in July.

Designs of Patricia Nixon Gold Coins

Design candidates for the Patricia Nixon coin became public in October 2014. They included a total of seven obverse portraits of Mrs. Nixon and five reverse designs emblematic of her life. Earlier this month, the U.S. Mint announced the final designs.

Design candidates 2016 Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coin

Original design candidates for the 2016 Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coins

Obverses offer a portrait of the former First Lady, as created by Richard Masters and sculpted by Don Everhart. Surrounding the effigy are inscriptions of PATRICIA NIXON, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2016, 37th, and 1969-1974. Obverses also include initials of the artists and a "W" mint mark denoting their production at the U.S. Mint facility in West Point.

2016-W $10 Proof Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coin, Obverse

2016-W $10 Proof Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coin — Obverse

Pat Nixon’s commitment to volunteerism is symbolized on the reverse with stylized figures standing hand in hand around a globe.

2016-W $10 Proof Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coin, Reverse

2016-W $10 Proof Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coin — Reverse

Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD. Richard Masters also designed the reverse. Jim Licaretz executed its sculpting. Their initials are shown toward the lower portion of the design.

Ordering, Prices and Limits

Patricia Nixon Gold Coins may be ordered directly from the United States Mint via its online store located here. Place phone orders using 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Early pricing is $815.00 for the proof and $795.00 for the uncirculated. These are subject to change based on the United States Mint pricing schedule for gold coins. Current prices are based on a weekly average of LBMA gold that is within the range of $1,200.00 to $1249.99 an ounce.

No more than 10,000 coins will be issued with customer demand determining the proof to uncirculated mintage ratio.

Patricia Nixon Bronze Medals

Bronze medal replicas of the coins will also be available. They will be released as part of the 2016 Nixon Presidential $1 and First Spouse Medal Set on Mar. 3 and as part of the 2016 First Spouse Bronze Medal Set that goes on sale in August.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Boz February 19, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Did any of them sell?
Could be the sleeper of the series if nobody bought due to the increased costs.

joe#2 February 19, 2016 at 9:41 pm

The 2 best are Jackie K. and will be Nancy R.

Seth Riesling February 24, 2016 at 8:07 pm

It is interesting to note that her legal birth name was Thelma Catherine Ryan & was never “Patricia,” although her parents & close friends early on gave her the nickname “Pat”! Funny that the U.S. Mint uses different names for the First Ladies on this gold First Spouse coin series. The Mint seems to go with what most people assume (wrongly) was their real legal (birth name)! For example, First Lady “Lady Bird” Johnson was born Claudia Alta Taylor (yet her gold First Spouse $10 coin has the inscription “Lady Bird Johnson”). I met her twice in Texas on trips to San Antonio from Austin after LBJ died at my favorite & her favorite truly authentic Mexican restaurant in San Antonio (El Mirador) where she & many local & national politicians would meet to eat great, fresh, nationally recognize real Mexican food recipes in the very small restaurant almost unknown to tourists. She, of course, was always accompanied by at least two Secret Service agents & ate in the private “Texas Room” of the tiny restaurant. But being a professionally-trained journalist & consummate politician (she was the first First Lady to tour by herself around the USA, during President LBJ’s campaign), she always made time to greet customers at the restaurant on her way to her private dining area. On one of the visits, I got up the nerve to ask her why people refused to call her by her birth name “Claudia” & she told me “Young man, you can’t fight a nickname in the Great State of Texas you know!” She & I laughed & I will never forget that short but sweet meeting of a great Southern Lady in all respects. She later, by mail request, hand-autographed a copy of the Public Law granting her the Congressional Gold Medal for the beautification of the USA & her wildflower research center here in the Austin area for my autograph collection where it resides with the 3-inch & 1.5-inch bronze versions of the medal the Mint sells to the public (it has the Texas state flower, the bluebonnet, on the reverse). What an amazing Texas lady!

-NumisDudeTX

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