Today, September 4, 2014 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2014 Eleanor Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins. This will represent the fourth and final release of the year for the 24 karat gold coin series honoring the spouses of the Presidents.
The obverse design features a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Phebe Hemphill. The surrounding inscriptions read “Eleanor Roosevelt”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, “2014 W”, “32nd” and “1933-1945”. Within the design selection phase, both the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) had recommended this obverse design from the seven candidates.
The reverse of the coin carries a depiction of Mrs. Roosevelt’s right hand lighting a candle. The light of the candle rises over a stylized graphic of the Earth’s curved horizon to symbolize her life’s work and the global impact of her humanitarian initiatives. The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Renata Gordon. Within the design review phase, the CCAC had recommended this design from the six candidates. The CFA had recommended an alternate design showcasing Mrs. Roosevelt’s role as a delegate to the United Nations.
A maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces has been established for the Eleanor Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins across proof and uncirculated versions. This is the same maximum in place for the other three releases for this year. The ratio of proof to uncirculated coins will be determined based on customer demand.
Initial pricing for the coins will be $840 for the proof version and $820 for the uncirculated version. These prices are based on an average market price of gold within the $1,250 to $1,299.99 range. Pricing will remain subject to potential weekly change based on fluctuations in the market price of gold.
The three previous releases of the First Spouse Gold Coin Program for this year have featured Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge, and Lou Hoover. Based on the figures from the latest weekly sales report, across proof and uncirculated versions sales have reached 2,971 units for Harding, 2,794 units for Coolidge, and 2,037 units for Hoover.
Next year, the series will feature Elizabeth Truman, Mamie Eisenhower, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson.