Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins

by Coin Collecting News on December 1, 2013

Two more 2013 $10 First Spouse Gold Coins are among collectible products from the United States Mint to make an appearance in early December.

Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins

Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins

Proof and uncirculated coins celebrating Helen Taft launch on Monday, December 2, 2013. They will start at prices of $815 for the proof and $795 for the uncirculated. Like all US Mint coin collecting products composed from gold, 24-karat gold in the case of all First Spouse Gold Coins, their prices may get adjusted weekly.

Then on Monday, December 9, 2013, collectible First Spouse Gold Coins honoring Ellen Wilson will make their debut. Their prices should be the same as the others already released, but that won’t be known for sure until Wednesday when the US Mint determines if gold coin pricing adjustments are required.

Coins in the spousal series usually appear earlier in the year and with releases spread apart. But, like last year, there were production issues and that delayed all of this year’s five coins.

Obverses or heads side of these coins for collectors feature portraits of the spouse honored. A description of the designs and designers follows.

Helen Taft Gold Coin Designs

Helen Taft’s portrait was designed by William C. Burgard and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Inscriptions read HELEN TAFT, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, her years of service, 27th 1909-1913, the West Point W mint mark and artists initials.

Helen Taft First Spouse Gold Coins

Helen Taft Gold Coins

The reverse or tails side of Helen’s coins was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Charles Vickers. It depicts a branch of Japanese cherry blossoms, symbolizing her instrumental role in bringing the cherry trees to Washington, D.C. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10 and 1/2 OZ. 9999 FINE GOLD.

Ellen Wilson Gold Coin Designs

Edith Roosevelt’s portrait was designed by Frank Morris and sculpted by Charles Vickers. Inscriptions read ELLEN WILSON, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, her years of service, 28th 1913-1914, the West Point W mint mark and artists initials.

Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins

Ellen Wilson Gold Coins

The reverse was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart. It depicts roses with the White House in the background, a tribute to Edith’s creation of the White House Rose Garden. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10 and 1/2 OZ. 9999 FINE GOLD.

Ordering

First Spouse Gold Coins are available through the United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

The first two spousal designs honoring Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt were released in November. The final gold coin for Edith Wilson has a US Mint scheduled release date of December 16, 2013.

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