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First Spouse $10 gold coin

by Tom Carrier (01/06/08).
Dolley Madison on the US Mint $10 gold coin

Well, it is just possible we may have more than just a First Lady in our country’s future and the U.S. Mint is ready for that eventuality by issuing First Spouse $10 gold coins.

On the obverse, or ‘heads’, is an engraved portrait of each of the First Ladies who have served so far (and they have all been woman so far). On the reverse, or ‘tails, unlike that of the presidential $1 coin, each is individually engraved featuring the life and work of each First Lady. If a president didn’t serve with a First Lady, Lady Liberty substitutes in the artistic design reminiscent of the period.

Each coin is a half ounce of 24 karat solid gold issued in a limited quantity of 20,000 uncirculated and 20,000 proof coins. They are released in the same year as the companion $1 coin is released. The cost depends on the cost of gold, but so far the cost is around $515 to $530 a coin.

Images are from the US Mint.

First Spouse Gold Coin Release Schedule
Year First Spouse Years Served
2007

1 Martha Washington 1789–1797
2 Abigail Adams 1797–1801
3 Jefferson’s Liberty 1801–1809
4 Dolley Madison 1809–1817

2008

5 Elizabeth Monroe 1817–1825
6 Louisa Adams 1825–1829
7 A. Jackson’s Liberty 1829–1837
8 M. Van Buren’s Liberty 1837–1841

2009

9 Anna Harrison 1841
10 Letitia Tyler 1841-1842
Julia Tyler 1844-1845
11 Sarah Polk 1845–1849
12 Margaret Taylor 1849–1850

2010

13 Abigail Fillmore 1850–1853
14 Jane Pierce 1853–1857
15 J. Buchanan’s Liberty 1857–1861
16 Mary Lincoln 1861–1865

2011

17 Eliza Johnson 1865–1869
18 Julia S. Grant 1869–1877
19 Lucy Hayes 1877–1881
20 Lucretia Garfield 1881

2012

21 Alice Paul 1881–1885
22 Frances Cleveland 1885–1889
23 Caroline Harrison 1889–1893
24 Frances Cleveland 1893–1897

2013

25 Ida McKinley 1897–1901
26 Edith Roosevelt 1901–1909
27 Helen Taft 1909–1913
28 Ellen Wilson 1913-1914
Edith Wilson 1915-1921

2014

29 Florence Harding 1921–1923
30 Grace Coolidge 1923–1929
31 Lou Hoover 1929–1933
32 Anna Eleanor Roosevelt 1933–1945

2015

33 Elizabeth Truman 1945–1953
34 Mamie Eisenhower 1953–1961
35 Jacqueline Kennedy 1961–1963
36 “Lady Bird” Johnson 1963–1969

2016

37 Patricia “Pat” Nixon 1969–1974

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