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December 11, 2013

United States Mint Opens Sales for First Spouse Gold Coin and Bronze Medals December 16

WASHINGTON -The United States Mint will accept orders for two products in the First Spouse Gold Coin Program beginning noon Eastern Time (ET) on December 16, 2013. 

  • 2013 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Coin - Edith Wilson, Proof (product code ICJ) and Uncirculated (product code ICK)
    The coin's obverse (heads side) was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist David Westwood and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.  The design features Mrs. Wilson's portrait and the inscriptions EDITH WILSON, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, 28th, and 1915 - 1921.  The coin's reverse (tails side) was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.  The design depicts Mrs. Wilson supporting her husband, who had suffered a stroke.  His right hand holds a cane, while her left hand rests warmly on his.  Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, ½ OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD

Maximum mintage for the First Spouse Gold Coins is set at 10,000 across all product options.  Customer demand will determine the ratio of proof coins to uncirculated coins produced within the total maximum mintage.  Pricing for the gold coins will be based on the United States Mint's pricing structure, available at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog.  

  • 2013 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series: Five-Medal Set - (product code X85)
    The set includes one each of the five bronze medals bearing the likenesses of the designs that appear on the First Spouse Gold Coins honoring Ida McKinley, Edith Roosevelt, Helen Taft, Ellen Wilson, and Edith Wilson.  The set is priced at $16.95.

The United States Mint accepts orders at its online catalog, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).  Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468).  Customers should add $4.95 to all domestic orders for shipping and handling costs.

The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873.  It 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 and gold 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 December 16, 2013, 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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