The United States Mint has recently started sales for the 2011 First Spouse Bronze Medal Set. This product contains four 1 – 5/16 inch bronze medals, which bear likenesses of the four 2011 First Spouse Gold Coins.
The medals feature the spouses of the 17th to 20th Presidents of the United States:
- Eliza Johnson: The obverse features her portrait, while the reverse features three children dancing and a Marine fiddler playing at a children’s ball held for President Andrew Johnson’s 60th birthday.
- Julia Grant: The obverse features her portrait, while the reverse features a scene of her and her future husband Ulysses S. Grant riding horseback at White Haven.
- Lucy Hayes: The obverse features her portrait, and the reverse depicts children participating in the first Easter Egg Roll held at the White House.
- Lucretia Garfield: The obverse features her portrait, and the reverse features her painting on a canvas with a brush and palette in hand.
Each of the medals is struck in bronze at the Philadelphia Mint and does not contain a mint mark. The medals are packaged in mylar and held in a folded card with product information, which is placed in an illustrated envelope. The cost of each set is $19.95.
This year’s First Spouse Bronze Medals are also offered individually for $7.95 each. They are struck under the authority of Public Law 109-145, which allows the Secretary of the Treasury to strike and sell medals that bear the likeness of the First Spouse Gold Coins.
The 2011 First Spouse Bronze Medal Sets or individual medals may be purchased online at http://catalog.usmint.gov/