The First Spouse Gold Coins
The United States is honoring our Nation's first spouses by issuing one-half ounce $10 gold coins featuring their images in the order that they served as first spouse. The United States Mint issues First Spouse Gold Coins in conjunction with the Presidential $1 Coins issued honoring the Presidents. The 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins feature Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement, Frances Cleveland (first term), Caroline Harrison and Frances Cleveland (second term).
The First Spouse Gold Coin obverses (heads sides) feature portraits of the first spouses, their names, the order and years of their term as first spouse, the year of minting or issuance, IN GOD WE TRUST and LIBERTY. Each coin has a unique reverse (tails) design featuring an image emblematic of that spouse's life and work, as well as the inscriptions UNITED STATES of AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ. and .9999 FINE GOLD.
When a President served without a first spouse, a gold coin is issued bearing an obverse image emblematic of Liberty as depicted on a circulating coin of that era and a reverse image emblematic of a theme of that President's life. The coin is inscribed with the years and order of that President's term.
First Spouse Bronze Medals in the 1-5/16" size are also being produced. They bear the same central images as the gold coins and are inscribed with the name of the first spouse, the order and years of their term as first spouse. The "Liberty" obverse designs are inscribed with the years and order of the President's term.
The United States Mint also produces and makes available to the public bronze medal duplicates of the First Spouse Gold Coins.