The United States Mint has announced the design selections for the 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins. These coins feature Alice Paul and the Suffrage movement, Frances Cleveland (first term), Caroline Harrison, and Frances Cleveland (second term).
The Mint has still not provided release dates for any of the coins. Last year, designs for the 2011-dated coins had been announced on February 3, 2011, but the first release featuring Eliza Johnson was not available for sale until May 5, 2011.
As discussed in a recent post, the line up for the series in 2012 takes some unusual twists due to specific legislative requirements. Alice Paul, a leading strategist in the suffrage movement, is depicted for the Presidency of Chester Arthur, who had served without a spouse. She had been born during his Presidential term. Frances Cleveland is depicted on two separate coins, since her husband served as President in two nonconsecutive terms and will be depicted on two separate Presidential Dollars.
The 2012 Alice Paul Suffragist $10 Gold Coin features her portrait on the obverse designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse depicts a participant marching in the suffrage parade, holding a flag and wearing a banner reading “Votes for Women”. This was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The design selection follows the recommendations of both the CFA and CCAC.
The first coin featuring Frances Cleveland features an obverse portrait designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart. The reverse, designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso, depicts the working women’s receptions held by Frances Cleveland at the White House. Once again, the design selections follow the recommendations of both the CFA and CCAC.
The Caroline Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin features an obverse portrait designed by Frank Morris and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. The reverse features a close up of an orchid and paintbrushes designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Charles Vickers. The obverse design selection matches the recommendation of the CFA, while the reverse design matches the recommendation of the CCAC.
The second Frances Cleveland First Spouse Gold Coin features an obverse portrait designed by Barbara Fox and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse, which is intended to represent the First Lady’s popularity with the public, was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna. These design selections match the recommendations of the CCAC. The CFA did not offer any recommendations from the provided design candidates.