Today, May 7, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2015 Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Gold Coin. This will be the second release of the year for the one-half ounce 24-karat gold coin series.
The obverse design of the coin features a portrait of Mamie Eisenhower designed by Richard Masters and engraved by Joseph Menna. The inscriptions include “Mamie Eisenhower”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, “2015 W”, “34th”, and “1953-1961”.
The reverse design of the coin shows a simple depiction of a woman’s hand holding a political campaign button with the slogan “I Like Mamie”. This is intended to refer to Mrs. Eisenhower’s popularity as First Lady and her involvement in her husband’s presidential campaigns. The inscriptions read “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “$10″ and “1/2 oz. .9999 Fine Gold”. The reverse was designed by Barbara Fox and engraved by Renata Gordon.
Within the design review phase, the Commission of Fine Arts had recommended both the selected obverse and reverse designs. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee had recommended the selected obverse design, but a different reverse design showing the clasped hands of Mamie and Dwight Eisenhower, a globe, five stars across the top, and a DC-54 airplane.
The Mamie Eisenhower First Spouse Gold Coin is offered individually in proof or uncirculated versions, both struck at the West Point Mint. The coins are initially priced at $790 for the proof version and $770 for the uncirculated version. These prices are based on an average price of gold within the $1,150 to $1,199.99 range. The price of the coins may be adjusted weekly based on changes in the market price of gold.
A maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces has been established across proof and uncirculated versions of the coin, with customer demand used to determine the ratio of proof coins to uncirculated coins produced.
The previous release of the series featuring Bess Truman has reached cumulative sales to date of 1,450 proofs and 1,025 uncirculated coins.