Today, July 1, the U.S. Mint released 2016-W $10 Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coins in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated. They mark the last issues in a 10-year series of coins that honor former first ladies.
Featuring a portrait and design emblematic of Mrs. Reagan, the wife of Ronald Reagan who was the 40th President of the United States, the gold pieces are produced in one-half ounce of 24-karat gold to a purity of .9999 fine.
Designs of Nancy Reagan Gold Coins
First unveiled in February after candidate designs were evaluated, the reverse or tails side of the collector coins show Mrs. Reagan with her arms around two children during her anti-drug campaign to "just say no."
Surrounding the image are inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD. Joel Iskowitz designed the scene with Don Everhart executed its sculpting. Their initials appear toward the lower part of the design.
Obverses or heads side offer a portrait of the former first lady, as designed by Benjamin Sowards and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
Surrounding the effigy are inscriptions of NANCY REAGAN, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2016, 40th, and 1981-1989. This side of the coin also includes initials of the both artists and a "W" mint mark denoting their production at the West Point Mint.
Ordering, Prices and Limits
Nancy Reagan First Spouse Gold Coins are available from the United States Mint online store located here. Place phone orders using 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Prices are $865.00 for the proof and $845.00 for the uncirculated. These are subject to change weekly according to the U.S. Mint pricing schedule for gold coins. Current prices are based on an average of LBMA gold that is within the range of $1,300.00 to $1,349.99 an ounce.
No more than 15,000 coins will be issued, with customer demand determining the ratio of proof to uncirculated coins. There is a household ordering limit of 1 coin per collector quality.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Mint released the first 2016-dated spousal coins featuring Patricia Nixon, wife of the 37th U.S. President Richard Nixon, and the second issues of the year honoring Betty Ford, the wife of the 38th U.S. President Gerald R. Ford. Their combined sales as of June 26 were 3,435 coins and 2,986 coins.
In 2007, the First Spouse Gold Coin Program debuted along with a series of clad $1 coins commemorating deceased United States Presidents. The U.S. Mint on Friday also released rolls and bags of circulating quality dollars honoring Ronald Reagan.
Nancy Reagan Bronze Medals
Bronze medal replicas of the Nancy Reagan coins will also be available. They will be released as part of the 2016 Reagan Presidential $1 and First Spouse Medal Set on July 5 and as part of the 2016 First Spouse Bronze Medal Set that goes on sale in August.