A new product from the United States Mint features an uncirculated Chester Arthur Presidential $1 coin and a bronze medal depicting Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement.
Listed as the first release this year in the U.S. Mint’s series of Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Sets, the Chester Arthur Presidential $1 coin and Alice Paul bronze medal may be purchased for $9.95 directly at www.usmint.gov.
Alice Paul was not a first lady, but she is depicted on the inaugural 2012 First Spouse Gold Coin as mandated in the authorizing coin legislation. Chester Arthur’s wife had died of pneumonia before he became president, which set into motion the specific language in the legislation to honor Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement. Suffragist Alice Paul was born during Arthur’s term.
As announced earlier this year, pricing is lower than previous medal sets. Collectors can still buy older sets directly from the United States Mint, but those dated 2011 will cost $14.95 and those from 2010 are priced at $11.95.
As shown in the image above, both the Chester Arthur $1 coin and Alice Paul bronze medal are enclosed within a display card that features a background image of the former President. The combination of $1 coin and bronze medal has, in the past, proven popular depending on who is featured. The set depicting the Lincoln’s has current sales of 15,116. Last year’s sets, however, are much lower. The one depicting the Grant’s are the best at 6,421.
Uncirculated Chester Arthur dollars can be acquired through other U.S. Mint products that include it. The coins first debuted on April 5, 2012.
Currently, bronze medals featuring Alice Paul cannot be purchased separately. In the past, the Mint had sold bronze medals by themselves, starting when the gold coins featuring the honored lady were released. On October 11, 2012, the U.S. Mint launched the lice Paul and the Suffrage Movement Gold Coins but it did not offer her bronze medal.