Final designs approved by Deputy Treasury
Secretary Neal S. Wolin for the 2013 First Spouse half-ounce .9999
fine gold $10 coins were released Aug. 6 by the U.S. Mint.
The designs commemorate first ladies Ida
McKinley, Edith Roosevelt, Helen Taft, Ellen Wilson and Edith Wilson.
Ellen Wilson died Aug. 6, 1914, during her
husband Woodrow Wilson’s first term as president. Woodrow Wilson
married Edith Wilson on Dec. 18, 1915.
The maximum combined mintage for each of the
five coins in Proof and Uncirculated versions is 10,000, down from
13,000 for the 2012 releases.
The 2013 McKinley coins are expected to be
available sometime in early fall, according to U.S. Mint officials.
First Spouse designs
The obverse portrait of each first spouse is
paired with a reverse design emblematic of that spouse’s life and work.
The obverse portrait for the Ida McKinley
First Spouse coin was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion
Program Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculptured by U.S. Mint
Medallic Sculptor Phebe Hemphill.
AIP Master Designer Donna Weaver, a former
U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver, designed the reverse. It shows two hands
crocheting, representing Mrs. McKinley’s work crocheting thousands of
slippers that were auctioned off for charity. Weaver’s reverse design
was sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic Sculptor Renata Gordon.
Edith Roosevelt’s portrait was designed by AIP
Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculptured by U.S. Mint Medallic
Sculptor Joseph F. Menna.
The Roosevelt coin and medal reverse was
designed by AIP Associate Designer Chris Costello and sculptured by
U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II.
Costello’s design depicts the White House with
a slightly off-center column and compass, representing Mrs.
Roosevelt’s work in the restoration of the White House in 1902.
AIP Associate Designer William C. Burgard
designed the Helen Taft obverse portrait, with the design sculptured
AIP Master Designer Richard Masters designed
the Taft reverse, sculptured by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers.
Masters’ reverse design depicts a branch of
Japanese cherry blossoms, symbolizing Mrs. Taft’s instrumental role in
bringing the cherry trees to Washington, D.C.
The obverse portrait of Woodrow Wilson’s first
wife, Ellen, was designed by AIP Associate Designer Frank Morris and
sculptured by Vickers.
The Ellen Wilson reverse, designed and
sculptured by Everhart, depicts roses with the White House in the
background, a tribute to Mrs. Wilson’s creation of the White House
AIP Associate Designer David Westwood executed
the portrait of Edith Wilson, with the design sculptured by U.S. Mint
Medallic Sculptor Michael Gaudioso.
Menna designed and sculptured the Edith Wilson
reverse, which depicts Mrs. Wilson supporting her husband, who had
suffered a massive stroke. His right hand holds a cane, while her left
hand rests warmly on his.
Specific release dates for all five coins will
be posted to the United States Mint’s product schedule at www.usmint.gov/catalog
established. Pricing for the coins is subject to the U.S. Mint’s
pricing grid for numismatic products containing precious metals.
The gold coins are struck in Proof and
Uncirculated versions at the West Point Mint and bear the W Mint mark.
The United States Mint also produces and makes
available to the public 1.3125-inch bronze medal duplicates of the
First Spouse Gold Coins.
Since 2012, the medals are no longer offered
individually. They are sold as part of the United States Mint
Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal sets and First Spouse
Bronze Medal Series: Four- and Five-Medal sets.
Some medals issued prior to 2012 are available individually.