The design selections for the 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins have been announced by the United States Mint. This will represent the seventh year for the series of one-half ounce 24 karat gold coins featuring the spouses of the Presidents of the United States of America.
The five coins issued for this year will represent the 25th to 28th Presidencies and honor Ida McKinley, Edith Roosevelt, Helen Taft, Ellen Wilson, and Edith Wilson. The 28th Presidency is represented by two coins since President Wilson had a first and second wife while serving in office.
Initially, the United States Mint had prepared from three to eight different obverse and reverse design candidates for each coin. These were reviewed by the Commission of Fine Arts and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee, which had provided their recommendations. The final design selections were made by the Secretary of the Treasury.
The Ida McKinley First Spouse Gold Coin features her portrait on the obverse and a depiction of two hands crocheting on the reverse, intended to represent the First Lady’s work crocheting thousands of slippers which were auctioned for charity. The obverse of the coin was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted Phebe Hemphill, while the reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Renata Gordon.
The coin honoring Edith Roosevelt features a profile portrait on the obverse and a reverse design representing the First Lady’s work in the restoration of the White House in 1902. The obverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and sculpted by Don Everhart.
The Helen Taft Gold Coin features a front-facing portrait and a reverse design depicting a branch of Japanese cherry blossoms to represent the First Lady’s role in bringing the cherry trees to Washington, D.C. The obverse was designed by William C. Burgard and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, while the reverse was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Charles Vickers.
The Ellen Wilson coin features a portrait of the First Lady paired with a reverse design representing her role in the creation of the White House Rose Garden. The obverse was designed by Frank Morris and sculpted by Charles Vickers. The reverse was both designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.
The Edith Wilson First Spouse Gold Coin features a portrait on the obverse, along with a reverse design representing the First Lady’s support of her husband following his stroke. The obverse was designed by David Westwood and sculpted by Michael Guadioso, while the reverse was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
The United States Mint will release the first of the 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins in early fall with the other releases to follow. Specific release dates are yet to be established.