2009 First Spouse Gold Coin Designs

Today the US Mint unveiled the designs for 2009 First Spouse Gold Coins. This will be the third year of release for the 24 karat one-half ounce gold coin series honoring the spouses of the Presidents. This year will feature five coins since President John Tyler had a first and second wife.

During 2009, First Spouse Gold Coins will be issued to honor Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler, Julia Tyler, Sarah Polk, and Margaret Taylor. Below you should see a slide show presenting the obverse and reverse designs for each of the five coins.


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Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin – The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Anna Harrison, spouse of President William Henry Harrison. The obverse was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The reverse portrays Mrs. Harrison teaching students. It was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin – The obverse features a portrait of Letitia Tyler, the first wife of President John Tyler. She had served as the Second Lady while her husband was William Henry Harrison’s Vice President. She subsequently served as the First Lady after John Tyler obtained the office of President via succession until her death in 1842. The obverse was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse portrays Mrs. Tyler with her two oldest children at Cedar Grove Plantation. The reverse was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Norman E. Nemeth.

Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin – The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Julia Tyler, second with of President John Tyler. She served as the First Lady following their marriage on June 26, 1844. The reverse features Mrs. Tyler and President Tyler dancing at a White House Ball. The obverse and reverse were designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart.

Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin
– The obverse features a portrait of Sarah Polk, spouse of President John K. Polk. The reverse portrays Mrs. Polk working to further her husband’s career. The obverse and reverse of the coin were designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Coin
– The obverse features a portrait of Margaret Taylor, spouse of President Zachary Taylor. The obverse was designed by Phebe Hemphill and sculpted by Charles Vickers. The reverse portrays Mrs. Taylor comforting a wounded soldier. It was designed by Mary Beth Zeitz and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

The US Mint has not yet published the details of the specific release dates, pricing, and ordering information for the coins. The Anna Harrison First Spouse Coin should be released some time in the Spring.

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