The First Spouse Gold Coins
The United States Mint is honoring 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 United States Mint issues First Spouse Gold Coins on the same schedule as the Presidential $1 Coins honoring the presidents. The 2015 First Spouse Gold Coins honor Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jackie Kennedy and Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson. The First Spouse Gold Coins program is authorized by the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145).
The First Spouse Gold Coin obverses (heads sides) feature portraits of the first spouses and inscriptions of their names, the order and years of their term as first spouse, the year of minting or issuance, IN GOD WE TRUST and LIBERTY. Each coin has a unique reverse (tails) design featuring an image emblematic of that spouse's life and work, as well as the inscriptions UNITED STATES of AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ. and .9999 FINE GOLD.
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& 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.