United States Mint Announces 2016 First Spouse Gold Coin Designs

February 8, 2016

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today officially announced the new designs for the Patricia Nixon and Betty Ford First Spouse Gold Coins that will be released this year.  Information about the designs is below.

Patricia Nixon First Spouse Gold Coin
The reverse (tails side) design features stylized figures standing hand-in-hand surrounding a globe, symbolizing Mrs. Nixon’s commitment to volunteerism around the world.

  • Obverse Designer:  United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Richard Masters
  • Obverse Sculptor:  United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart
  • Reverse Designer:  AIP Designer Richard Masters
  • Reverse Sculptor:  United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz

Betty Ford First Spouse Gold Coin
The reverse design features a young woman ascending a staircase, representing Mrs. Ford’s openness and advocacy regarding addiction, breast cancer awareness, and the rights of women.

  • Obverse Designer:  AIP Designer Barbara Fox
  • Obverse Sculptor:  United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso
  • Reverse Designer:  AIP Designer Chris Costello
  • Reverse Sculptor:  United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon

The obverse (heads side) of each coin is inscribed with the first spouse’s name, her order and years of service as first spouse, the year of minting or issuance, “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “LIBERTY.”  Each coin’s reverse (tails side) features a unique design emblematic of that spouse’s life and work and the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “$10,” “1/2 OZ.,” and “.9999 FINE GOLD.”

Specific release dates will be posted, when available, to the United States Mint’s product schedule at https://catalog.usmint.gov/product-schedule/.

Launched in 2007, the First Spouse Gold Coin Program features coins with dramatic portraits of the first spouses on their obverses and a unique reverse (tails) design featuring an image emblematic of that spouse’s life and work.

About the United States Mint
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 taxpayers.


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