The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2013 Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins. Ellen Wilson was the first wife of President Woodrow Wilson and served as the First Lady of the United States from 1913 until her death in 1914.
The obverse of the coin features a portrait of Ellen Wilson designed by Frank Morris and engraved by Charles L. Vickers. The portrait is surrounded by the required inscriptions, which include the First Lady’s name, the motto “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, the date and mint mark “2013 W”, the order of the Presidency “28th”, and the dates served “1913-1914”.
On the reverse of the coin is an image of roses with the White House appearing in the background. This design is a tribute to Mrs. Wilson’s creation of the White House Rose Garden. Inscriptions around placed around the circumference and read “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “$10”, and “1/2 oz. .9999 Fine Gold”. The reverse was designed and engraved by Don Everhart.
Pricing for the coins is $815.00 for the proof version and $795.00 for the uncirculated version. This will be subject to change throughout the course of the offering based on the average weekly price of gold. Current pricing is based on an average within the $1,200 to $1,249.99 range.
A maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces has been established across the proof and uncirculated versions. The ratio of proof to uncirculated coins will be determined based on customer demand.
The First Spouse Gold Coin Program was authorized under Public Law 109-145 and began in 2007. The current release represents the 29th within the overall series and the fourth of five releases for this year. On December 16, a coin will be released to honor Edith Wilson, the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson.