Proof and Uncirculated versions of the 2011-W First Spouse
half-ounce gold $10 coins and accompanying bronze medals will go on
sale from the U.S. Mint beginning at noon Eastern Time May 5.
No more than 15,000 Eliza Johnson First Spouse gold coins across
both Proof and Uncirculated options will be sold, according to Mint
spokesman Michael White.
White said April 14 that pricing for the Eliza Johnson First
Spouse gold coins will be based on the U.S. Mint’s pricing structure
for precious metals coins, available at http://usmint/gov/catalog. The gold coin’s price
will be set the afternoon of May 4, White said.
The 1.3125-inch bronze medals will cost $7.95 each.
Orders may be placed online at www.usmint.gov and by telephone at (800) 872-6467.
The obverse portrait of Eliza Johnson was designed by U.S. Mint
Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculptured
by U.S. Mint Sculptor-engraver Donald Everhart II.
The reverse was designed by AIP Associate Designer Gary Whitley,
and sculptured by Mint Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill. The reverse
design depicts three children dancing and a Marine Band fiddler
playing at the children’s ball that was held for President Andrew
Johnson’s 60th birthday.
The bronze medals, struck at the Philadelphia Mint, bear the same
obverse and reverse designs as the gold coins, except the medals are
produced sans the obverse inscriptions in god we trust, liberty, the
date and Mint mark, and without united states of america, e pluribus
unum, $10, and 1/2 oz. .9999 fine gold on the reverse. ■