Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin First Lady, 1861–1865
First Lady, 1861–1865
Mary Todd Lincoln was born on December 13, 1818, in Lexington, Ky. It was here that she cultivated her love for politics. Later, in Springfield, Ill., she met Abraham Lincoln and they married in 1842.
When her husband was first elected to Congress in 1847, Mary directed all her energy into helping advance his career and ultimately his bid for the presidency. After Lincoln became President in 1861, Mary served enthusiastically as his confidant and advisor. She hosted public receptions at the White House, which she called “handshake days,” on which hundreds of people, including blacks, would crowd into the East Room to greet her and the President.
Just weeks after beginning his second term in March 1865, President Lincoln was assassinated by Southern sympathizer John Wilkes Booth, and Mary later retired to Hyde Park, Ill. She spent several summers abroad with her surviving children and died peacefully in 1882.
CharacteristicsThe reverse (tails) design depicts Mary Todd Lincoln bringing wounded Union soldiers flowers and books. She also brought them food and wrote letters to relatives on their behalf.
Obverse Inscriptions• MARY TODD LINCOLN
• IN GOD WE TRUST
Reverse Inscriptions• UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
• E PLURIBUS UNUM
• 1/2 OZ.
• .9999 FINE GOLD
Mint and Mint Mark
- Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
- Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill, Medallic Artist
- Designer: Joel Iskowitz