Today, October 18, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will release the Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set for the Presidency of Chester Arthur.
Each set includes one uncirculated Chester Arthur Presidential Dollar and one Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement Bronze Medal. The coin and medal are mounted on a plastic card with an image of the President on the front and issuance information on the back.
The sets are priced at $9.95 each. This reflects a $5 reduction from the last release for the product type, which went on sale near the end of 2011.
This actually represents the first availability of the Alice Paul Bronze Medal. For all previous releases within the First Spouse Gold Coin Program, the US Mint has started sales for individual bronze medals at the same time that the gold coins went on sale. This did not occur for the Alice Paul release.
I am trying to confirm if the bronze medal versions of the 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins will be available individually at some point in the future. If not, this may provide a boost for sales of the Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Sets. Over the years, sales for this product type have edged lower, with the most last release for James & Lucretia Garfield selling only 4,639 units after almost ten months of availability.
Whether or not the bronze medals are offered individually, it seems likely that they will be offered within the annual First Spouse Bronze Medal Set later in the year. Back in March, the US Mint published pricing for this product at $16.95.