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October 12, 2012

United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set™ - Chester Arthur Available October 18

WASHINGTON - Collectors may begin placing their orders for the United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set - Chester Arthur on October 18, 2012, at noon Eastern Time (ET).  The set includes an uncirculated quality Chester Arthur Presidential $1 Coin and an Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement Bronze Medal.  The bronze medal bears the likeness of Alice Paul that is featured on her first spouse gold coin.  The coin and medal are enclosed in a durable plastic card that is enhanced with beautiful representations of the portraits of the President and Alice Paul, with background information on the back.

Alice Paul's image appears on the obverse of the First Spouse Gold Coin and Bronze Medal in accordance with a provision in the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145), which maintains continuity in the First Spouse Gold Coin Program during times when the President served without a spouse.  In the case of President Arthur, whose wife Ellen died before he took office, the law specifies that the obverse design incorporate the name and likeness of Paul and that the reverse be representative of the suffrage movement.

The United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set - Chester Arthur is priced at $9.95.  The bureau will accept orders at its Web site, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).  Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468).  A $4.95 shipping and handling charge will be added to all domestic orders.

The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792.  This year marks the bureau's 220th anniversary.  The United States Mint is the Nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The United States Mint also produces numismatic products including proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.  The United States Mint's numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer.

Note:  To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on-sale date and time of October 18, 2012, at noon ET, shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored.  For more information, please review the United States Mint's Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.

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Contact:
Press inquiries:  Carolyn Fields (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information:  (800) USA MINT (872-6468)
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