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Florence Harding First Spouse Gold Coin
First Lady, 1921–1923

2014 First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse – Florence Harding
2014 First Spouse Gold Coin Obverse – Florence Harding

2014 First Spouse Gold Coin Reverse – Florence Harding
2014 First Spouse Gold Coin Reverse – Florence Harding

Florence Harding was born August 15, 1860, in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of a prominent banker.  Her future husband and president, Warren G. Harding, was Marion’s newspaper publisher, and she ran the newspaper when Harding fell ill and continued to run it after his recovery.  She invented the idea of paper routes for young boys, an idea that spread nationally.  She voted for her husband for President of the United States, the first First Lady to be able to do so.  She realized the power of the women’s vote and encouraged women to register.  She used the power of the press, including photo-opportunities in his campaign and it was widely reported that as the couple entered the White House on inauguration day, Mrs. Harding turned to her husband and said, "Well, Warren, I got you the Presidency.  What are you going to do with it?" He turned to her solemnly, "May God help me, for I need it."  As First Lady, Florence Harding often visited wounded soldiers and sailors at Walter Reed and Bethesda military hospitals.  She hosted garden parties for veterans at the White House and answered their letters, starting inquiries and investigations if necessary to resolve their concerns.

Design

The obverse was designed by Artistic Infusion artist Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by sculptor-engraver Joseph Menna.  The reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by sculptor-engraver Don Everhart.  The reverse features multiple facets of Mrs. Harding’s life, including stylized ballots and ballot box, camera, torch, and initials referencing World War I veterans.

Inscriptions

Obverse: FLORENCE HARDING, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2014, 29th and 1921 – 1923.

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





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