Today, December 9, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coin. This is the fourth of five releases for the series this year. The one-half ounce gold coins have been released in rapid succession following earlier delays.
The obverse of the coin features a portrait of the First Lady designed by Frank Morris and engraved by Charles Vickers. Inscriptions include “Ellen Wilson”, the motto “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, the date “2013”, “28th”, and “1913-1914”.
The reverse of the coin was designed and engraved by Don Everhart and features an image of roses with the White House in the background. This is intended to be a tribute to Mrs. Wilson’s creation of the White House Rose Garden. The final design was modified slightly from the initial design candidate, which had the roses slightly overlapping the White House. Inscriptions on the reverse include “United States of America”, the motto “E Pluribus Unum”, “$10”, and “1/2 oz. .9999 Fine Gold”.
A maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces has been established for the 2013 Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coin across proof and uncirculated versions. The ratio of proof to uncirculated coins will be determined based on customer demand.
Initial pricing will be $815.00 for the proof coins and $795.00 for the uncirculated coins. This is based on an average gold price within the $1,200 to $1,249.99 range and may be adjusted weekly.
The next release of the series will feature Edith Wilson and is scheduled for release next week on December 16. Since President Woodrow Wilson had both a first and second wife while serving in office, both wives are honored on separate coins.