Helen Taft First Spouse Gold Coin

Today, December 2, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2013 Helen Taft First Spouse Gold Coins. This continues the rapid fire release of the 2013-dated issues of the series following a delayed design selection phase and production problems.

Helen Taft First Spouse Gold Coin

The obverse of the coin features a front-facing portrait of the First Lady designed by William C. Burgard and engraved by Phebe Hemphill. Following the format of the series, the inscriptions include the First Spouse’s name, order of the Presidency, and dates served, along with “Liberty”, the motto “In God We Trust”, and the date.

The reverse design features a branch of Japanese cherry blossoms, intended to symbolize Helen Taft’s role in bringing the cherry trees to Washington, D.C. The Commission of Fine Arts had praised the abstracted cherry blossom design as a strong symbol. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee gave the design their strongest possible recommendation and felt that it was elegant, beautiful, and would produce a very attractive coin.

The reverse was designed by Richard Masters and engraved by Charles Vickers. The inscriptions include “United States of America”, the motto “E Pluribus Unum”, the denomination, and precious metal weight and purity.

The 2013 Helen Taft First Spouse Gold Coins are available in proof or uncirculated version, with a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces across both options. Customer demand will determine the ratio of proof to uncirculated coins within the mintage limit.

Initial pricing will be $815.00 for the proof version and $795.00 for the uncirculated version. The pricing is based on an average weekly gold price within the $1,200 to $1,249.99 range. This represents the lowest initial pricing for a release of the series going back several years.

The next releases of the series will be the Ellen Wilson coin on December 9, 2013, followed by the Edith Wilson coin on December 16, 2013.

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  1. TMMSR0127 says

    Has there been any chatter from the mint as to when they will cease sales of the 2012 ladies, in less than a month it will be 2014…

    I am enjoying the decreased prices of the FS coins, it makes for a happy holiday!

  2. Sith says

    I imagine they will cease sells once they sell out. They also have to crease sales on the 2012 silver quarter proof set, and imagine that will be the bellwether

  3. says

    Hi Samuel,

    Given the seeming inexorable march of prices downward, we might well see another price cut soon.

    I have trouble imagining gold back under $1200, but then, I had a lot of problems seeing it under $1300 too, and now look where we are.

    My concern of course is the mint just increases premiums on gold products again to try to make up for price declines.

  4. Dan in Fla says

    Rapid fire release and free shipping has me along with the price decrease I’m in on the FS coins for 2013.

  5. fmtransmitter says

    Yea, I agree Dan in Fla, if you can cough up the cash this month, this may be a wonderful time to add some gold and rarities to a collection. I believe these will pay off down the road with low mintages. But it is a gamble as always and it will interesting to watch it all play out.

  6. Sith says


    I forgot about that…and I thought the Indian Government only did that sort of thing. Definitely a nice coin but…

  7. Jon in CT says

    I just ordered a Helen Taft proof and think it’s fantastic that there’s a sale on gold just in time for Christmas (with free shipping, too).

  8. Brad says

    I ordered my Helen Taft proof and unc coins today, despite the falling spot price. I don’t want to wait until at least December 11th to order, since there will be no price drop before then. The fixes this week are too strong in the current pricing tier for that. Gold would have to fall a good bit below $1,200 and stay there for several days without rising back over $1,200 by the pm fix of the 11th to trigger another price drop.

    If a decrease does happen, I guess I’ll wait until the 11th to order my Ellen Wilsons, since that would only be a 2-day wait anyway. No big deal there.

    If McHenry is backordered now, maybe only 20,000 of those were struck. The Mint’s data on the xls spreadsheet through 12/1 shows 19,634, and 21,135 Rushmores.

  9. HIdalgo says

    Gold and silver have tanked today. Maybe we’ll see another price reduction for gold. And maybe silver too in the coming weeks?

  10. Samuel says

    there is another yr ahead of us for this coin. let’s see what’s the price this time next yr.

  11. thePhelps says

    Silver dropped when it was last just below $20 an ounce – I doubt until it goes below $15 we will see a change.

  12. Jeff says

    Yeah I see no problem with the mint charging $26 + shipping over spot as it pertains to the Unc. ASE seems fair not, still and will remain on the sidelines …
    The mint is scamming all they even voiced it no more silver eagle production saving them for the 2014 … Happy Holidays all LOL

  13. gary says

    The Ft McHenry & Mt Rushmore will end up being the highest mintages for the 2013 ATB P mints. My last purchase from the Mint this year is my single Mt Rushmore coin and it should arrive tomorrow! I am really looking forward to the 2014 ATB P mint releases. I hope silver spot stays low!

  14. says


    I think if we slide much further in silver another price reduction could be in the works. I’d love to see those AtBs come down in price again. People in my coin buying group have been making noises about picking them up if there’s another price reduction.

    I’m also hoping these low prices hold until the release of the baseball coins next year. I would love to get the baseball gold coins at a discount.

  15. says

    CO…you expressed concern over the Mint raising premiums again if gold continues to fall.

    Actually, the % premium they charge(over spot) automatically increases as gold prices fall.

    For example…if gold is $500, a proof buffalo cost $890 or 78% over spot.
    If gold is $2000, you still pay $390 over spot…$2390 or 19.5% over spot.

    That really seems to be a flaw in the pricing grid to me.

  16. Dustyroads says

    So Steve, if percent over spot rises as prices fall to effectively cover the cost of production, then the Mint could end up loosing money to private sellers on line. It’s hard to pay almost 100%, seems a little steep. Good information to keep in mind.

  17. Nick says

    Should be getting my mchenry from the mint tomorrow, I don’t care if it is a 20k mintage… The design is awesome and at the mintage levels all of these pucks are at, they’re all going to be in the same boat in 5-10yrs

  18. fmtransmitter says

    @Nick, you got it, this hobby is a 5-10 year marathon! Hard to imagine in this give me now society eh?

  19. fmtransmitter says

    3 factors I like about the ATB pucks, 5 ounces of pure silver first of all!!! Then very low mintage numbers for a modern silver coin from US Govnmt Mint, and last but certanly not least, collector interest in our National heritage, our State Parks and amazing designs. The ONLY downside I see is this is one LOOONG series, wow! 2021! Any ideas what the Mint will do next after the Parks? Say best Interstate Rest Stops per State?

  20. fmtransmitter says

    Best Rest Stop design, #33, I75, lizard lot Susie resembling lady Liberty in all her glory but a hint of Suthern with her daisy dukes…j/k

  21. fmtransmitter says

    Yea, I would like the Birds…Hey, did anyone get the invite for free lunch at the FUN show in Orlando Jan. 11 just now? Just curious as I may go and would be nice to meet fellow collectors…

  22. Jon in CT says

    Existing law allows the Treasury Secretary to opt for a 2nd round of AtB quarters when this round is completed.

  23. high low silver says

    Lol fm ! Do you look for these deals ? I’m still amazed by the skid of 20th ann eagles on ebay you found a while ago….

  24. Jerry Diekmann says

    You would probably have stink eye too if every day you woke up you found a 350+ pound walrus in the bed with you. Taft was so big he didn’t even fit in the WH bath tub.

  25. Jerry Diekmann says

    I can think of only a few good candidates for a continuation of the ATB series after 2021, most of them from the western states, like Sequoia National Park in California, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington, Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, and Zion National Park in Utah. A lot of the sites (sights?) in the Midwest and east of the Mississippi River I think most people have never heard about. It’s tough to find anything exciting in states like Delaware or Alabama or Kentucky or Indiana or Ohio, for example.

  26. Ray says

    Has anyone else seen this?:

    2012 LESPS PR70DCAM sold for $5350. Not sure I can believe that, but I know a ton of stuff sells for much more tha its worth on there. Thats crazy if the transaction went through. He hasnt relisted the set yet. I’ll be watching to see.

  27. HIdalgo says

    Seems like the US Mint produced about 20,5000 units of the Fort McHenry 5 ounce P coins. I think most dealers, speculators, flippers expected a soon sellout and already stocked up their inventories of the coin. Because dealer supplies will be high and the pending sell-out was expected, I really don’t expect this coin to appreciate significantly on the secondary market. Perhaps $40 – $60 at most in the long-term.

    We’ll just have to wait and see.

  28. fmtransmitter says

    AND, they said I didn’t need to send the OGP, just put on the submission form what I wanted. Hmmm…

  29. Nick says

    The low mintage of the dime and half dollar are the only saving grace to the lesps1, the lesps2 I just don’t see having any saving grace

  30. Boz says

    2009 coins are the only modern ones with a hint of hope for future collector interest. The entire production was hoarded on day one, so obviously a lot of folks knew it. The 1895 of the 21st century?

  31. Nick says

    I own a set of silver 2009 quarters, honestly I haven’t found a single flaw in any if the coins. The cents are near but I personally do not think the appreciation of that year will be significantly above the rest

  32. Ray says

    What is special about 2009? I thought 2008 was the year of many lows (and also the year of UNC and proof fractionals). With so many products offered in 2008, I can see why that year had so many lows. Ironically, that was the first time I had ever looked at coins as an adult. I was making a killing in the art world, so I didn’t buy anything. I didn’t see profits at the time. Boy was I wrong. I really wish I had been into this when the gold buffalo fractionals dropped. Or better yet, had been in the hobby for a year or 2 before 2008.

    Whats special about 2009?

  33. Dustyroads says

    Fort Mchenry back ordered until 10-18. Is it hard to remember what month we are in at the US Mint?

  34. Ray says

    The BTC is fascinating. I remember it was in the high 100s and dropped to below 100. It is a great experiment. It would be interesting to start seeing countries abandon their banking systems for a new digital currency. I think that is only a matter of time. These digital currencies keep it real, but never creating more money. Its fundamentally more sound that the crap our country is doing. Yay BitCoins!!!

  35. Dustyroads says

    You’re right. BTC is interesting, but the risk of fraud is high and volatility is through the roof. I do believe it will be regulated in the US if it continues to find it’s niche.

  36. Jake says

    Question about the First Spouse series:

    Assuming no Presidential death(s) before January 1st, 2014, is the Presidential $1 coin and first spouse series finalized?

    The law states “No coin issued under this subsection may bear the image of a living former or current president, or of any deceased former president during the 2-year period following the date of the death of that president.”

    The series is scheduled to end in 2016.

    Since Jimmy Carter is still alive. Does the series end with Gerald Ford or does the mint just skip living Presidents and we will have a Nancy Reagan coin?

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