2012 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Proof Coin – Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement (PK1)
This is the first coin released in 2012 in the First Spouse Gold Coin Series and features Alice Paul. It is a one-half ounce 24-karat gold coin struck in proof quality, giving it a frosted foreground and a mirror-like background. The obverse features a portrait of Alice Paul with the inscription “SUFFRAGIST.” The reverse depicts a participant marching in the suffrage parade, holding the flag and wearing a banner that says VOTES FOR WOMEN. This coin is encapsulated and packaged in a custom-designed, highly polished, dome-chested, lacquered hardwood presentation case accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
There are no household order limits for the 2012 First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Gold Coins.
The Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement First Spouse Gold Coins have a maximum mintage of 13,000 across all product options.The ratio of proof coins to uncirculated coins will be determined by customer demand within the total maximum issuance of 13,000.
This marks the sixth year of the First Spouse Gold Coin Series, the United States Mint’s first coin program to feature our Nation’s first spouses. A minimum of four one-half ounce, $10 24-karat gold coins will be minted and released annually in the order the spouses served in the position. In general, the gold coins issued to accompany any President who served without a spouse feature a design emblematic of Liberty on its obverse, as depicted on a U.S. coin issued during the President's time in office. In the case of Chester Arthur, however, the public law specifies that the obverse (heads side) feature:
"...a design incorporating the name and likeness of Alice Paul, a leading strategist in the suffrage movement, who was instrumental in gaining women the right to vote upon the adoption of the 19th amendment and thus the ability to participate in the election of future Presidents, and who was born on January 11, 1885, during the term of President Arthur;" and that "the reverse [tails] ...be representative of the suffrage movement."
The coins are minted in proof and uncirculated qualities and are available individually. In 2012, the United States Mint will release four coins in the series – Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement, Frances Cleveland (first term), Caroline Harrison and Frances Cleveland (second term).
The obverse of this coin was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. The reverse was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, any order placed prior to the official on-sale date and time of October 11, 2012, at noon (ET) shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored.
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