WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will accept orders for the Frances Cleveland (first term) First Spouse Gold Coin starting on November 15 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The .9999 fine (24–karat) gold coins will be available in proof and uncirculated versions.
The obverse (heads side) of the coin features a portrait of Frances Cleveland and the inscriptions FRANCES CLEVELAND, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2012, 22nd and 1886–1889. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Joel Iskowitz designed the obverse, and United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Don Everhart sculpted it.
The reverse (tails side) of the coin depicts the working women’s receptions that Mrs. Cleveland often held at the White House. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, ½ OZ. and .9999 FINE GOLD. AIP Master Designer Barbara Fox designed the reverse, and United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Michael Gaudioso sculpted it.
Maximum mintage for the First Spouse Gold Coins is set at 13,000 across all product options. Customer demand will determine the ratio of proof coins to uncirculated coins produced within the total maximum issuance of 13,000. Pricing for the gold coins will be based on the United States Mint’s pricing structure, available at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog.
Orders for the Francis Cleveland (first term) First Spouse Gold Coin will be accepted at the United States Mint’s 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 shipping and handling fee of $4.95 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 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 November 15, 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.