On Thursday, November 15, 2012 the United States Mint made available the 2012 Frances Cleveland (first term) First Spouse Gold Coins.
Two versions of the one-half ounce .9999 fine gold coins are for sale, in proof and uncirculated finishes. Each proof coin is $1,029 and each uncirculated is $1,016. Their prices are subject to change based on the weekly average and trends of the market value of gold.
Featured on the obverse is a right-facing portrait of Frances Cleveland with inscriptions stating FRANCES CLEVELAND, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2012, 22nd and 1886-1889. Joel Iskowitz designed it, and Don Everhart was the sculptor.
The reverse depicts an image of the working women’s receptions that Mrs. Cleveland held often at the White House. Surrounding the artwork are the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, ½ OZ. and .9999 FINE GOLD. Barbara Fox designed the reverse, while Michael Gaudioso sculpted it.
These new Cleveland gold coins are the second release for 2012 and 23rd overall in the series. First Spouse Gold Coins honor spouses of past Presidents and launch in the same year as the corresponding clad Presidential $1 Coins. Coins featuring President Grover Cleveland’s first term were released in May 2012.
The first 2012 gold coins that started in October featured Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement since Chester Arthur’s wife died before he served as the 21st President. Following Frances Cleveland’s coins will be ones for Caroline Harrison, scheduled to launch on December 6, and then another pair of coins honoring Frances Cleveland because she returned to the White House when her husband Grover Cleveland was elected for a second but non-consecutive term.
Proof and Uncirculated 2012 Frances Cleveland (first term) First Spouse Gold Coins are available directly from the United States 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 Cleveland gold coins is 13,000.