WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will release the First Spouse Gold Coin honoring Ida McKinley on November 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Both proof and uncirculated versions of the coin will be available. The maximum mintage is set at 10,000 coins across all product options. Customer demand will determine the ratio of proof to uncirculated coins produced within the maximum mintage limit.
The coin’s obverse (heads side) was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Phebe Hemphill. The design includes Mrs. McKinley’s portrait and the inscriptions IDA MCKINLEY, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, 25th, and 1897 – 1901.
The coin’s reverse (tails side) was designed by United States Mint AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Renata Gordon. The design depicts two hands crocheting, representing Mrs. McKinley’s work making thousands of slippers that were auctioned off for charity. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, ½ OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD.
Pricing for the First Spouse Gold Coins will be based on the United States Mint’s pricing policy for gold and platinum products, available at
Orders will be accepted at the bureau’s 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 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 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 November 14, 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.