WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coin on December 9 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Pricing will be based on the United States Mint’s pricing structure, available at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog.
The coin’s obverse (heads side) was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Frank Morris and executed by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Charles Vickers. The design depicts Mrs. Wilson’s portrait and the inscriptions ELLEN WILSON, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, 28th, and 1913 – 1914.
The coin’s reverse (tails side) was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Don Everhart. The design features an image of roses with the White House in the background, a tribute to Mrs. Wilson’s creation of the White House Rose Garden. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, ½ OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD.
First Spouse Gold Coins are available in proof and uncirculated qualities. Maximum mintage is set at 10,000 across all product options. Customer demand will determine the ratio of proof coins to uncirculated coins produced within the total maximum mintage.
The United States Mint accepts orders via its online catalog at, 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 December 9, 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.