The United States Mint is now accepting orders for the 2014 Lou Hoover First Spouse Gold Coins. Struck in one-half ounce of 24-karat gold, the coins honor the wife of President Herbert Hoover and First Lady of the United States from 1929-1933.
The obverse design of the coin features a portrait of Lou Hoover surrounded by the inscriptions “Lou Hoover”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, “2014 W”, “31st”, and “1929-1933”. The “W” mint mark signifies production at the West Point Mint. The obverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso.
The reverse design represents Mrs. Hoover’s distinction of being the first First Lady to deliver a public radio address. A radio set from the late 1920’s is depicted with the words “First Public Address April 19, 1929” appearing below. Additional inscriptions read “United States of America”, the motto “E Pluribus Unum”, and the precious metal weight and purity. The reverse was designed by AIP artist Richard Masters and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz.
Each coin is struck in 24 karat .9999 fine gold with a weight of one-half troy ounce. The diameter is 26.50 mm and the thickness is 1.88 mm. Both proof and uncirculated versions are available with a combined maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces. The ratio of proof to uncirculated coins will be determined based on customer demand.
Initial pricing for the coins was established at $865 for the proof version and $845 for the uncirculated version. Price levels for the coins is subject to potential weekly adjustments.
There have been two prior releases of the First Spouse Gold Coin series for this year honoring Florence Harding and Grace Coolidge. The fourth and final release for this year will feature Eleanor Roosevelt.