Today, the US Mint will begin sales of the 2010 First Spouse Medal Series: Four Medal Set. This will coincide with the release of the Mary Todd Lincoln Gold Coin and individual bronze medal.
This year’s set will include bronze medals featuring Abigail Fillmore, Jane Pierce, James Buchanan’s Liberty, and Mary Todd Lincoln. Each of these medals is currently (or will soon be) offered for sale individually priced at $5.50. The medals are also included in the Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Sets for each presidency.
The four medal set is priced at $15.95, which is a better value than purchasing the medals individually.
Duplicate bronze medals have been issued for each coin in the First Spouse Gold Coin series. These have provided an affordable option for collectors who wish to have an example of designs used on the one-half ounce 24 karat gold coins. Some of the medals, usually as incorporated into certain sets, have also marked strong secondary market price gains.
Each of the prior year annual medal sets seems to trade for at least some premium above the original issue price.
The annual sets have also sold out relatively quickly compared to other US Mint products. Last year’s set went on sale December 3, 2009 and sold out by the first week of May 2010. While this was a six month period, it still represents a shorter availability than some other US Mint products, which can linger for a year or more.