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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

2010 First Spouse Gold Coins

The United States Mint has released the final design selections for the 2010 First Spouse Gold Coins. Next year's coins will feature Abigail Fillmore, Jane Pierce, James Buchanan's Liberty, and Mary Todd Lincoln. The latter two coins are expected to draw broader collector interest.

The 2010 Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Gold Coin will feature her portrait on the obverse and a scene of her shelving books in the White House Library on the reverse. The obverse was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Other potential reverse designs had included a scene of Abigail Fillmore with famous White House guests such as Charles Dickens.

The 2010 Jane Pierce First Spouse Gold Coin features the First Lady's portrait on the obverse paired with a scene of her watching a Senate debate from the visitor's gallery. The obverse and reverse were designed by Donna Weaver. The obverse was sculpted by Don Everhart and the reverse was sculpted by Charles Vickers. Other potential reverse designs for the Jane Pierce coin had included a scene during a thunderstorm where the Pierces met in college and a scene of her reading a book on White House grounds.

The 2010 James Buchanan's Liberty Gold Coin will feature a reproduction of the Liberty Gold Quarter Eagle obverse, originally designed by Christian Gobrecht. This $2.50 gold coin had been produced from 1840 to 1907. The reverse design of the coin will feature an image of a young James Buchanan working as a bookkeeper in the family store. The reverse was designed by David Westwood and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Other potential reverse designs included an image of James Buchanan serving as the US minister to Russia, and Buchanan and his niece who served as the White House hostess.

The Buchanan's Liberty Gold Coin will represent the fourth and final issue in the "Liberty" subset of the First Spouse Gold Coin series. Many collectors have chosen to collect these coins, which reproduced classic US coin designs, in lieu of the entire series. The three other coins of the Liberty subset are Thomas Jefferson's Liberty (Draped Bust Half Cent), Andrew Jackson's Liberty (Capped Bust Lettered Edge Half Dollar), Martin Van Buren's Liberty (Liberty Seated Dime).

The 2010 Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin will feature the First Lady's portrait on the obverse. The reverse depicts a scene of her visiting wounded Union soldiers, bringing flowers and books. The obverse was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Other potential reverse designs included an image of Mary Todd Lincoln and her husband greeting White House visitors and an image of her bandaging a wounded soldier, which was questioned for historical accuracy by a CCAC member.

The Mary Todd Lincoln coin is expected to draw increased interest since she is one of the better known First Ladies and the wife of President Abraham Lincoln. During 2010, the new design of the Lincoln Cent will debut and the 2010 Abraham Lincoln Presidential Dollar will be issued, creating a nice lead up to the release of the Mary Todd Lincoln coin in December 2010.



At December 23, 2009 at 11:57 AM , Anonymous Brad said...

Maybe the Buchanan's Liberty and Mary Todd Lincoln coins will draw new interest to the First Spouse series as a whole, giving the insanely low mintage issues of 2008 and 2009 a chance to truly shine. The uncirculated versions of some of these coins, including both 2008 Liberty designs, make the 1997 Jackie Robinson look almost common by comparison. Plus, they contain more gold than the Robinson. Logic would dictate that they will sell for much more at some point.

They might not be the prettiest ones to look at, but the 2009 Anna Harrison coins are now the ones to watch. The coins will only be sold for another 2-1/2 months tops, and mintage for the Uncirculted coin is barely above 3,000. It very well could be the first sub-4,000 mintage coin in the series, and will further limit the number of complete sets possible in the end. It's just something to think about.

At December 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given the profound lack of gold options in 2010 and the classic $2.5 liberty design available in mint state look for a possible sell out.... Also with the Mary Todd Lincoln coin you have a Civil War scene on the reverse which is not common on a gold numismatic piece. Again, sell out likely.

At December 23, 2009 at 1:38 PM , Anonymous kbsig106 said...

I'm going for the MS 70 sub-set of First Spouse Liberty coins. The Buchanan Lady Liberty is a nice touch for the last issue and my fav. of the four.

At December 23, 2009 at 1:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lucky 13...

ABIGAIL FILLMORE may be a sleeper. One wonders, are coin collectors superstitious?

I'll collect all four first spouse gold coins and probably will double down on lucky 13 and lady liberty.


At December 23, 2009 at 1:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spouse coins have good chance of sell out or much higher production than recent past if there are no other gold offerings from mint. I don't care for them other than the liberty versions but others do. Just really too bad the mint can't do a half oz buffalo or eagle or more silver offerings.

At December 23, 2009 at 3:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find that the Mary Lincoln coin to be less than attractive or artistic. Despite the popularity of Lincoln, I will likely pass on this coin.

At December 23, 2009 at 4:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've only been collecting the First Spouse Liberty coins so far but I like the look of the Mary Todd Lincoln coin. I'll probably get one each of the UNC and PRF just to keep with the Lincoln Chronicles and Lincoln stamp sets I bought.

At December 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only first spouse coin that might appeal to me is Jackie Onassis Kennedy.

That would make a wonderful companion with my Kennedy set.

At December 23, 2009 at 4:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only first spouse coin that might appeal to me is Jackie Onassis Kennedy.

That would make a wonderful companion with my Kennedy set.

At December 23, 2009 at 5:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 of the 4 reverses have people handling books, is that all they did back then?

At December 23, 2009 at 5:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These designs are not Earth shattering. The Liberty and Lincoln coins may sell more but once they are past the rest will still be low.

I can't see many coin collectors forking over tens of thousands of dollars to collect the total set of nearly 40 coins. People that are buyng multiple coins expecting to get rich will have a long wait IMO.

At December 23, 2009 at 6:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they remain above $700 the mintages will be low. No sell outs here.

At December 23, 2009 at 9:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know I'm in the minority but I really like the set and am still trying to colect them all. Until now I've bought both a proof and an unc. The high cost of gold may end that though.

At December 23, 2009 at 9:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to my calculations the Thurs am to Wed am fix puts gold just a tad bit above $1100 so no decrease this week ;<

I guess the Wed PM fix is not used at all for the calculation?

I'm not sure about the reverse for the Buchanan. I mean not a "classic" look at all. I really like the first 3 Liberties better.

At December 23, 2009 at 9:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot hinges on what gold prices do by the time the Lady Liberty and Lincoln coin comes out.If prices are to high people will shy away which may cause the coins to sell out later.But I do believe these two coins will sell out.At least the Proofs will for sure over the MS coins.I will buy as many of the Lincolns and Lady Liberties as I can.Because after seeing everything else the Mint has offered for 2010.I really see nothing else worth investing in other then the Lincoln dollar and First Spouse Lincoln medal.I think all of the named coins above have a very high probability of selling out.Even the Lady Liberty medal may sell out just because of the popularity of bringing back the old design.The only other good news that can be expected is very low mintage and sales figures on everything else.It will amaze me to even see a 2010 Proof or Burnished ASE gold or silver of any kind.

With a dollar that does not have a very good future.I suggest any gold and silver you can get your hands on at today's melt prices is a worthy investment for the up coming Fed audit which will drive gold and silver prices through the roof.

I really don't see the Park Quarters doing very well throughout the series.Largely in part of the many devastating losses taken by secondary markets with the state quarters series.I'm looking for the lowest mintage in the first series this year of the silver proofs.But will not invest heavy as many I have spoke with are in the same feeling that these will not do as well as the 1999 state quarters did.

I'd still like to know why the fed insists on holding on to the 2009 D nickel and Dime.Perhaps Bernanke and company needs a bonus for their failures just like the wall street crooks are getting for their failures. Good luck and happy hunting in 2010.

At December 24, 2009 at 2:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael, With this years Lincoln products and the upcoming products for 2010, has there been any involvement by the President in any of the ceremonies or press releases? Seems to me if he had been more involved more people would have shown greater interest. In a different post there is reference to how a great majority of Americans are unaware of the 4, 2009 nine designs. I included in a Christmas card to all my employees 1 each of each design, which most of them had not seen yet this year. I also wonder does the President and Congress all receive some or all complimentary products from the Mint for their service.

At December 24, 2009 at 6:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 9:46 pm,

You're right, the Wednesday pm fix is not included in the weekly calculation for Mint prices. To make matters worse, the gold spot price is back on the rise again. The am fix today (12/24) was $1,104.50. The pm fix will likely be in the same neighborhood. I sure hope it takes another dive, as I want those prices to fall again next week. I still haven't bought my Margaret Taylors, since I'm hoping I can get them for the same prices I paid for the other 2009 designs ($654 Proof, $641 Unc.) I know I'm probably dreaming, but the coins are not selling out so I have time to wait it out.

I know what Anonymous @ 9:43 pm is talking about, as I too am trying to put together a complete set of both proof and uncirculated First Spouse coins. I WAS putting together TWO complete sets of each finish, but have had to abandon one set of each due to cost. I hope I never have to give up entirely due to rising prices.

Anyone interested in a complete set of proofs and uncirculateds for 2007-2008? :)

At December 24, 2009 at 11:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only coins in this series that will ever have any significant demand are the remakes of the classic designs. The rest of the series will never bring much more than their bullion value.

At December 24, 2009 at 11:50 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time will tell, I guess.

At December 24, 2009 at 12:01 PM , Anonymous Brad said...

Some of the coins in the series will end up being VERY elusive indeed. For those who persevere to the end (and I hope to be one of them), you have to admit it will look PRETTY COOL seeing the entire series together.

When the series first started and the Mint was taking subscription orders, does anyone remember the free gift subscribers were supposed to receive? It was a large wooden box (similar to the individual boxes each coin comes in) that was designed to house the entire series. I guess that went away when the subscriptions did, as I have heard nothing else about it. I still want one of those boxes, but I don't know if they will ever be made now. It would be an awesome way to store and display the complete series.

At December 24, 2009 at 3:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those of you who plan to collect all of the First Spouse gold coins are to be applauded for your tenacity.

Personally, I cannot afford to spend even $500 on two or three coins. The risks of doing so far outweigh any potential gains.

If you own the whole series - congratulations! You will have a beautiful set that you and your children can cherish.

At December 25, 2009 at 9:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The First Spouse series is beautiful.

A book about all the First Ladies would be a winner...and the gold coins are going to skyrocket in value when the country elects our first woman president...soon.

Then, watch coin collector scramble to get all these coins for their collection.

Peace on earth.

Lady finger

At December 25, 2009 at 10:44 AM , Anonymous Olamil said...

Nice comment and I second that, Lady finger.

The Buchanan reverse figure looks like Augustus Gloop.

At December 26, 2009 at 8:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I would concur with Lady finger. I have placed a similar comment on another earlier post. I think some unusual event (e.g. first women president) would trigger a scramble for the spouse coins like Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama leaving their husbands and moving into a commune with Madonna, A-Rod,Pee Wee Herman, Britney Spears, and Patton Oswald. You spouse collectors (I mean the coin) now have an "in" vested interest in a women president.

At December 26, 2009 at 2:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disappointed with the Buchanan reverse

At March 10, 2010 at 11:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

US Mint is holding off on release of first coin of 2010 trying to let the price of gold go up before release. What a scam!!!!! Original release was set at 3/4/10 and now they don't even have a set date. Just states MARCH.


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