Today, December 16, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2013 Edith Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins. This will represent the fifth and final release of the series for this year. All five of the coins were released in just over one month’s time.
The 28th Presidency is represented by two different First Spouse Gold Coins since President Woodrow Wilson served in office with both a first and second wife. The coin honoring Ellen Wilson was released just last week.
The Edith Wilson First Spouse Gold Coin features an obverse portrait designed by David Westwood and engraved by Michael Gaudioso. The inscriptions include “Edith Wilson”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, “2013”, “28th”, and “1915-1921”.
The reverse design of the coin features an image of Mrs. Wilson supporting her husband who had suffered a massive stroke. His right hand holds a cane, while her hand rests upon his. This was designed and engraved by Joseph Menna. Inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “$10”, and “1/2 oz. .9999 Fine Gold”.
The selection of the reverse design took place after two rounds of design candidates had been provided. The US Mint initially provided four different candidates which were all rejected by both the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. From a second round of design candidates, the CCAC recommended the design that was eventually selected. The CFA went back to the first slate of candidates and selected one of the alternatives with several alterations recommended.
A maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces has been established for the Edith Wilson Gold Coins across proof and uncirculated versions. The ratio of proof to uncirculated coins will be determined based on customer demand.
Initial pricing for the coins is $815.00 for the proof version and $795.00 for the uncirculated version. This is based on an average gold price within the $1,200 to $1,249.99 range. Pricing will be subject to potential weekly adjustment based on changes in the market price of gold.
Today, the US Mint will also open sales for the 2013 First Spouse Bronze Medal Five Medal Set.
This set includes one example of each of the 1-5/16 inch bronze medals featuring the designs of the 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins. The five medals are packaged in mylar and placed in a folded card with product information inside a custom made envelope.
The sets are priced at $16.95 each, which is a relative bargain. Last year’s medal set carried the same price, but included only four medals.
For earlier years of the series, the US Mint used to offer these bronze medals for individual sale priced at $6.95 each. Since 2012, the medals have only been available within the annual four or five medal sets and within the Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Sets, which are priced at $9.95 each.