Two of the five 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins for collectors make their debut in November.
The one-half ounce, 24-karat gold coins honoring Ida McKinley launched this past Thursday, November 14, 2013. Staring prices are $820 for the uncirculated coin and $840 for the proof coin. These price points can change weekly, and were set based on gold averaging between $1,250 and $1,299.99 an ounce.
Arriving this Thursday, November 21, 2013, are the proof and uncirculated Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins. The United States Mint determines and adjusts gold coin prices, if necessary, on Wednesdays so opening prices for the Edith Roosevelt coins will not be known until the 20th.
First Spouse Gold Coins are normally released throughout the year with a new design issued every 2-3 months. Like last year, there were production problems with some of this year’s coins so all five designs are late.
Obverses or heads side of these coins for collectors feature portraits of the spouse honored.
Ida McKinley Gold Coin Designs
Ida McKinley’s portrait was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Inscriptions around it include IDA McKINLEY, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, her years of service, 25th 1897-1901, the West Point W mint mark and artist initials.
The reverse or tails side of Ida’s coins was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Renata Gordon. It depicts two hands crocheting. Ida McKinley is remembered for crocheting thousands of slippers that were auctioned off for charity. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10 and 1/2 OZ. 9999 FINE GOLD.
Edith Roosevelt Gold Coin Designs
Edith Roosevelt’s portrait was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Inscriptions around it include Edith Roosevelt, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, her years of service, 26th 1901-1909, the West Point W mint mark and artist initials.
The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and sculpted by Don Everhart. It depicts the White House with a slightly off-center column and compass, representing Mrs. Roosevelt’s work in the restoration of the White House in 1902. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10 and 1/2 OZ. 9999 FINE GOLD.
First Spouse Gold Coins and other coin collecting products from the United States Mint may be ordered through its website at www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Other issues for this year include those honoring Helen Taft, with an expected launch date of December 2, 2013, and those for Ellen and Edith Wilson which do not yet have a release date.