US Coins

Eliza Johnson First Spouse gold coin goes on sale May 5

Line art shows the obverse and reverse designs for the 2011-W Eliza Johnson First Spouse gold $10 coins. Images of struck coins were not supplied by the Mint by press time.

Line art images courtesy of U.S. Mint.

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 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. ¦

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