First Spouse Gold Coin Program

The United States Mint honors our nation’s first spouses by issuing one-half ounce $10 gold coins featuring their images in the order they served as first spouse.  The Mint issues First Spouse Gold Coins on the same schedule as the Presidential $1 Coins honoring the presidents. The First Spouse Gold Coins Program is authorized by the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145).

When a president served without a first spouse, a gold coin is issued bearing an obverse image emblematic of Liberty as depicted on a circulating coin of that era and a reverse image emblematic of a theme of that president’s life. The coin is inscribed with the years and order of that president’s term.

First Spouse Bronze Medals in the 1-5/16″ size are also produced. They bear the same central images as the gold coins and are also inscribed with the name of the first spouse and the order and years of their term as first spouse. The “Liberty” obverse designs are inscribed with the years and order of the president’s term.

Recently Issued First Spouse Gold Coins

2020 First Spouse Gold Coin Barbara Bush Proof Obverse

Barbara Bush
(1989–1993)

2016 First Spouse Gold Coin Nancy Reagan Proof Obverse

Nancy Reagan
(1981–1989)

2016 First Spouse Gold Coin Betty Ford Proof Obverse

Betty Ford
(1974–1977)

2016 First Spouse Gold Coin Patricia Nixon Proof Obverse

Patricia Nixon
(1969–1974)

First Spouse Gold Coins

In the order they served as first spouse.

  1. Martha Washington (1789–1797)
  2. Abigail Adams (1797–1801)
  3. Thomas Jefferson’s Liberty (1801–1809)
  4. Dolley Madison (1809–1817)
  5. Elizabeth Monroe (1817–1825)
  6. Louisa Adams (1825–1829)
  7. Andrew Jackson’s Liberty (1829–1837)
  8. Martin Van Buren’s Liberty (1837–1841)
  9. Anna Harrison (1841)
  10. Letitia Tyler (1841–1842)
    Julia Tyler (1844–1845)
  11. Sarah Polk (1845–1849)
  12. Margaret Taylor (1849–1850)
  13. Abigail Fillmore (1850–1853)
  14. Jane Pierce (1853–1857)
  15. James Buchanan’s Liberty (1857–1861)
  16. Mary Lincoln (1861–1865)
  17. Eliza Johnson (1865–1869)
  18. Julia Grant (1869–1877)
  19. Lucy Hayes (1877–1881)
  20. Lucretia Garfield (1881)
  21. Alice Paul, Suffragist (1881–1885)
  22. Frances Cleveland (first term) (1885–1889)
  23. Caroline Harrison (1889–1893)
  24. Frances Cleveland (second term) (1893–1897)
  25. Ida McKinley (1897–1901)
  26. Edith Roosevelt (1901–1909)
  27. Helen Taft (1909–1913)
  28. Ellen Wilson (1913–1914)
    Edith Wilson (1915–1921)
  29. Florence Harding (1921–1923)
  30. Grace Coolidge (1923–1929)
  31. Lou Hoover (1929–1933)
  32. Eleanor Roosevelt (1933–1945)
  33. Elizabeth Truman (1945–1953)
  34. Mamie Eisenhower (1953–1961)
  35. Jacqueline Kennedy (1961–1963)
  36. Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson (1963–1969)
  37. Patricia Ryan “Pat” Nixon (1969–1974)
  38. Elizabeth Bloomer “Betty” Ford (1974–1977)
  39. Nancy Reagan (1981–1989)
  40. Barbara Bush (1989-1993)
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