Grace Coolidge First Spouse Gold Coin
First Lady, 1923 – 1929
Grace Coolidge was born January 3, 1879, in Burlington, Vermont. She graduated from the University of Vermont in 1902 and went on to teach at a well-known school for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and serve on its Board of Trustees. As First Lady, she promoted education for the deaf and drew attention to the needs of the disabled. A popular First Lady, Mrs. Coolidge, used her celebrity to promote many groups including leadership and community service activities for boys and girls. She supported wounded veterans and other disabled people, and humanitarian and disaster relief. Mrs. Coolidge kept a number of pets at the White House, including a raccoon (Rebecca) who was sent to the First Family to be eaten as a holiday dinner. She brought Rebecca to events such as the White House Easter Egg Roll. Mrs. Coolidge’s White House portrait is of her and her beloved white collie, Rob Roy. She loved baseball.
The obverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by sculptor-engraver Phebe Hemphill. The reverse was designed by AIP artist Frank Morris and sculpted by sculptor-engraver Jim Licaretz. The reverse depicts three hands finger-spelling the letters USA in American Sign Language against the backdrop of the White House.
Obverse: GRACE COOLIDGE, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2014, 30th and 1923 – 1929.
Reverse: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD