In response to an inquiry, the United States Mint has confirmed that the 2012 First Spouse Bronze Medals will not be offered for sale individually, although they will be available within other products.
From 2007 to 2011, the US Mint offered individual 1 and 5/16 inch bronze medals to coincide with the release of each gold coin. Each medal featured the same basic design as the gold coin, with some inscriptions removed. The bronze medals seemed popular in early years as an affordable way to collect the First Spouse series.
No reason was provided for the discontinuation of the offering of the individual bronze medals, however as noted they will be available within other products.
The 2012 Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal sets for each Presidency will contain the bronze medals. These products are priced at $9.95 each, with the Chester Arthur/Alice Paul set already available. Release dates are not yet known for subsequent sets.
The US Mint will also offer a 2012 First Spouse Bronze Four Medal Set at a future date. This set will contain the four different medals issued for the year within a single set. Based on a publication within the Federal Register from earlier this year, the four medal sets will be priced at $16.95.
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