Today, December 6, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the Caroline Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin. This is the third release within the sixth year of the series of 24 karat one-half ounce gold coins.
The obverse design of the coin features a portrait of the First Lady designed by Frank Morris and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. The inscriptions read “Caroline Harrison”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, “2012 W”, “23rd” to indicate the order of the Presidency, and “1889-1892” for the dates of the term.
The reverse design is intended to represent Caroline Harrison’s love of flowers with a depiction of an orchid and paint brushes. During her time as First Lady, she had introduced the use of orchids as the official floral decoration at state receptions. She had also conducted china-painting classes in the White House for other women. Inscriptions on the reverse include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, the denomination, and the precious metal weight and purity. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Charles Vickers.
The Caroline Harrison First Spouse Coin will be available in either proof or uncirculated versions, both struck at the West Point Mint. A maximum mintage of 13,000 coins has been established across both versions.
Initial pricing for the offering will be $1,029 for the proof coin and $1,016 for the uncirculated coin. These prices are based on an average gold price within the $1,700 to $1,749.99 range. Pricing may be adjusted on a weekly basis based on changes in the market price of gold.
This latest release of the series comes less than one month after the previous release featuring Frances Cleveland and less than two months after the release for Alice Paul Suffragist. Production problems for these first two releases had resulted in an extended delay. The US Mint previously indicated their intention to release all four of this year’s designs prior to the end of the calendar year. The fourth design representing Frances Cleveland’s second term as First Lady still has a release date listed of “TBD”.