Today, November 21, 2013 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales for the 2013 Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coin. This release comes just one week after the start of sales for the previous issue featuring Ida McKinley.
The obverse design of the latest coin features a portrait of Edith Roosevelt in an uncharacteristic pose compared to the rest of the series. During the design review phase, a member of the CCAC provided some background for the image. It seems to be created from a composite of two photographs, one of which Theodore Roosevelt had referred to as the only photograph of Edith that he ever cared for. The design was also favored by the Roosevelt family and the Roosevelt Association.
The reverse design features the White House with a slightly off center column and compass to represent Edith Roosevelt’s work in the restoration of the White House in 1902.
The obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Joseph Menna. The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Don Everhart.
Initial pricing for the Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins will be $820 for the uncirculated version and $840 for the proof version. Pricing is based on an average weekly gold price within the $1,250 to $1,299.99 range. As this post is written, gold has slipped below this range creating the possibility of a price reduction next week.
The maximum mintage for the coin is established at 10,000 pieces across both versions. Customer demand will determine the ratio of proof to uncirculated coins within the mintage limit. There are no household ordering limits in place.
Sales for the previously released Ida McKinley coins had opened roughly flat compared to the prior year. The US Mint accepted orders for 1,282 proofs and 945 uncirculated coins, for total sales of 2,227 units from the 10,000 maximum mintage.
The next issue for the series featuring Helen Taft is scheduled to be released on December 2, 2013.
2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set
Also today, the US Mint will begin sales of the 2013 America the Beautiful Circulating Coin Set. This product provides an easy method to acquire one example of each of the 2013-dated quarters from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.
Each set includes the White Mountain National Forest Quarter, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Quarter, Great Basin National Park Quarter, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Quarter, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial Quarter. One example of each coin is provided from the Philadelphia and Denver Mint.
The ten coins are placed within packaging which allows them to be easily removed for placement in an album or other storage option.
This product is priced at $5.95 per set.
The America the Beautiful Circulating Coin Sets from 2010 and 2011 still remain available for sale. These have reached total sales of 33,308 and 29,476 units, respectively.