The U.S. Mint
will open sales for the 2014 First Spouse Series half-ounce Lou Hoover gold
coins Aug. 14 at noon Eastern Daylight Time.
The Proof and Uncirculated Lou Hoover coins will be struck at the
Mint's West Point facility. The maximum mintage is set at 10,000 for
all product options, with customer demand determining the ratio of
Proof coins to Uncirculated coins produced. Pricing will be based on
the Mint's gold pricing structure.
The obverse of the half-ounce .9999 fine gold coin was designed by
United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Susan Gamble and
sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso. The
design includes Hoover's portrait and the inscriptions LOU HOOVER, IN
GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2014, 31st and 1929 – 1933.
The coin's reverse was designed by AIP artist Richard Masters and
sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz. The
design features a late 1920s radio, an homage to her being the first
First Lady to make a public radio address. Reverse inscriptions
are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ. and .9999
Orders will be accepted at the Mint’s online catalog and at 800-872-6468,
while hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may
order at 1-888-321-6468. A fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic
orders for shipping and handling.