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Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coin
First Lady, 1913 — 1914

2013 First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin Obverse – Ellen Wilson
2013 First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin Obverse – Ellen Wilson

2013 First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin Reverse – Ellen Wilson
2013 First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin Reverse – Ellen Wilson

Ellen Louise Axson Wilson was born May 15, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. Her future husband and president, Woodrow Wilson, whose father was also a Presbyterian minister, was about six years old when he met her as an infant. They met again in 1883 when he was a lawyer in Atlanta, and they married two years later. When they arrived at the White House in 1913 after his long career in academia and as governor of New Jersey, she installed her own art studio there. An accomplished artist who sketched and painted landscapes and portraits, her artwork was displayed in shows while she was serving as first lady. Mrs. Wilson supported various causes, including the need for child labor laws and education projects in Appalachia. She is probably best known for initiating and overseeing the creation of the famous White House Rose Garden. She died in 1914 of Bright's Disease.  

Reverse Design

The reverse features an image of roses with the White House in the background, a tribute to Mrs. Wilson's creation of the White House Rose Garden.

Inscriptions

Obverse: ELLEN WILSON, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, 28th and 1913 – 1914.

Reverse:  UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD.



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