The United States Mint has revealed the design selections for the 2014 First Spouse Gold Coins. This will mark the eighth year of the one-half ounce 24 karat gold coin series honoring the spouses of the Presidents of the United States of America.
The releases for this year will feature Florence Harding, Grace Coolidge, Lou Hoover, and Eleanor Roosevelt, the wives of the 29th to 32nd Presidents. The obverse design for each coin includes a portrait of the First Spouse, while the reveres features images emblematic of her life and work.
The Florence Harding First Spouse Gold Coin includes a portrait designed by Thomas Cleveland and engraved by Joseph Menna. The reverse design contains the initials “WWV” which forms a torch transforming into a pen at its base. Mrs. Harding had championed the cause of World War I veterans and carried on extensive correspondence with veterans, their spouses, and widows. Other elements of the reverse design include a camera to represent Mrs. Harding’s orchestration of photo opportunities supporting her husband’s campaign and a ballot box to represent her distinction as the first First Lady to cast a vote for a presidential candidate, her husband. The reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and engraved by Don Everhart.
The Grace Coolidge First Spouse Gold Coin features a portrait designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse design carries a depiction of three hands finger-spelling the letters “USA” in American sign language against the backdrop of the White House. Mrs. Coolidge had advocated for the deaf and hearing impaired. The reverse of the coin was designed by Frank Morris and engraved by Jim Licaretz.
The Lou Hoover First Spouse Gold Coin carries a portrait of the First Lady designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Michael Gaudioso. The reverse features a depiction of a late 1920’s radio set. Mrs. Hoover was the first First Lady to give a public radio address. The reverse of the coin was designed by Richard Masters and engraved by Jim Licaretz.
The Eleanor Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coin features a portrait designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse features the image of Mrs. Roosevelt’s hand lighting a candle with its flowing light rising over a stylized graphic of the Earth’s curved horizon. This is intended to symbolize her life’s work and the global impact of her humanitarian efforts. The image references a quote by Adlai Stevenson, “She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness and her glow has warmed the world.” The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Renata Gordon.
The United States Mint has not yet announced the release dates or maximum mintage levels for the 2014 First Spouse Gold Coins.