This week on December 6, 2012 the U.S. Mint released 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins featuring Caroline Harrison, the wife of Benjamin Harrison who was the 23rd U.S. President.
Available in two coin collecting products — a $10 proof gold coin at an opening price of $1,029 and a $10 uncirculated gold coin with a starting price of $1,016, the issues are this year’s third release of four in the one-half ounce, 24-karat gold spousal series. Prices of the gold coins may change weekly based on the market movement of gold.
Featured on the heads side of each coin is a portrait of Caroline Harrison by Frank Morris. Surrounding her image are the inscriptions CAROLINE HARRISON, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2012, 23rd and 1889-1892.
The tails side design, by Donna Weaver, illustrates Caroline’s love of flowers. It depicts a close-up of an orchid and paint brushes. Encircling the image are inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, ½ OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD.
Proof and uncirculated 2012 Caroline Harrison First Spouse Gold Coins are available from the U.S. Mint, either online at www.usmint.gov/catalog or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
There are no household ordering limits, and the maximum mintage for the gold coins is 13,000. Demand dictates the ratio of proof coins to uncirculated coins.
Issued first this year in the spousal series were gold coins featuring Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement. Alice Paul was not a First Lady, but she was born during Chester Arthur’s term as the 21st President of the United States. Since Arthur’s wife died before he became President, Congress decided to honor Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement.
The second 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins celebrate Frances Cleveland for her service during Grover Cleveland’s first term as President. This year’s last gold coins issued by the U.S. Mint will honor her service during Cleveland’s second term. Expectations are for them to launch before year’s end.
Here are the latest sales for the 2011- and 2012-dated coins.
|LATEST SALES OF 2011-2012 FIRST SPOUSE GOLD COINS|
|Eliza Johnson Proof (2011)||NLA||3,907|
|Eliza Johnson Uncirculated (2011)||NLA||2,905|
|Julia Grant Proof (2011)||NLA||3,969|
|Julia Grant Uncirculated (2011)||NLA||2,961|
|Lucy Hayes Proof (2011)||3,812|
|Lucy Hayes Uncirculated (2011)||NLA||2,263|
|Lucretia Garfield Proof (2011)||3,495|
|Lucretia Garfield Uncirculated (2011)||NLA||2,498|
|Alice Paul Proof (2012)||2,767|
|Alice Paul Uncirculated (2012)||1,997|
|Frances Cleveland Proof (first term, 2012)||2,013|
|Frances Cleveland Uncirculated (first term, 2012)||1,497|
*NLA indicates the coins are no longer available.