On November 14, 2013 the United States Mint started accepting orders for the Ida McKinley First Spouse Gold Coins. The release marks the first issue of the seventh year of the one-half ounce gold coin series featuring the spouses of the Presidents.
The release of this year’s coins was reportedly delayed due to a production problem known as “finning.” When the coins are pressed, excess metal can build up at the edges and cause a “bottle-capping” effect. The production issues were revealed in September, following the announcement of the design selections for the 2013-dated coins in August. Release dates for the first three of the five coins to be issued this year were announced in mid-October.
The 2013 Ida McKinley First Spouse Gold Coin features a portrait of the First Lady on the obverse with inscriptions “Ida McKinley”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, “2013”, the mint mark “W”, “25th”, and “1897-1901”. The reverse design features a depiction of two hands crocheting to represent the First Lady’s work in crocheting thousands of slippers to be auctioned for charity. Reveres inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “$10”, and “1/2 oz. .9999 Fine Gold”.
The obverse was designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and engraved by Renata Gordon.
Proof and uncirculated versions of the coin are available within an overall mintage limit of 10,000 pieces. The ratio of proof to uncirculated coins will be determined based on customer demand. There are no household ordering limits imposed.
Initial pricing for the coins is $840 for the proofs and $820 for the uncirculated coins. Pricing will be subject to adjustment as frequently as weekly based on the average market price of gold.
Orders may be placed online at http://catalog.usmint.gov.