On November 21, 2013, the United States Mint began sales for the latest issue of the First Spouse Gold Coin Program honoring Edith Roosevelt. She was the wife of the Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States.
The obverse of the coin was designed by Joel Iskowitz and engraved by Joseph Menna. A portrait of Edith Roosevelt is included with inscriptions indicating her name, the motto “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, the date and mint mark “2013 W”, the order of the Presidency “26th”, and the dates of the term “1901-1909”. The portrait is based on a photograph of Mrs. Roosevelt that is known to be her husband’s favorite.
The reverse of the coin was designed by Chris Costello and engraved by Joseph Menna. It features a partial image of the White Houes with a slightly off center column and compass to represent the restoration of the White House in 1902. The inscriptions include “United States of America”, the motto “E Pluribus Unum”, the denomination “$10”, and the precious metal weight and purity of “1/2 oz. .9999 Fine Gold”.
The Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coin is available in either proof or uncirculated format priced at $840 or $820, respectively. Pricing may be adjusted weekly based on the average market price of gold. There is a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces across both versions.
The previous release of the series featuring Ida McKinley was released just seven days ago. The remaining three releases of the series for this year will feature Helen Taft, Ellen Wilson, and Edith Wilson.