The latest coin for the First Spouse Gold coin series featuring Martin Van Buren’s Liberty will go on sale at the US Mint on November 25, 2008 at 12:00 Noon ET. A bronze medal replica will also go on sale at the same date and time.
Martin Van Buren did not have a spouse while serving as President, so the obverse design of the coin will feature an image of Liberty taken from a circulating coin of his era. The design is taken from Christian Gobrecht’s Liberty Seated Dime, which was produced between 1837 and 1891.
The reverse design of the coin will feature a depiction of a young Martin Van Buren reading a book under a tree. The reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.
The Martin Van Buren’s Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin will be available in both proof and uncirculated versions, limited to 40,000 coins overall. This is the same overall limit set for all prior releases for the First Spouse Gold series. Only the first three coins sold the full 40,000, while subsequent issues remain available for sale.
Proof coins are priced at $549.95 and uncirculated coins are priced at $524.95. This is in line with the price levels for the other 2008 First Spouse Gold coins, following the recent price reductions. The US Mint is placing an initial ordering limit of 10 coins per product option per household.
The product pages for the coins have already been posted, however ordering options are not available until the official start of sales.