On December 2, 2013, the United States Mint started accepting orders for the 2013 Helen Taft First Spouse Gold Coins. Helen Taft was the wife of William Howard Taft, the 26th President of the United States of America.
This represents the third release of the year for the First Spouse Gold Coin Program. Since the start of the series in 2007, this is the 28th overall release. The one half ounce 24 karat gold coin series was authorized under Public Law 109-145 to honor the spouses of the Presidents.
The obverse design of the Helen Taft First Spouse Gold Coin features a portrait of the First Lady designed by William C. Burgard and engraved by Phebe Hemphill. The inscriptions include “Helen Taft”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, “2013”, “27th”, and “1909-1913”.
The reverse of the coin was designed by Richard Masters and engraved by Charles Vickers. An abstracted image of Japanese cherry blossoms appears to represent Mrs. Taft’s role in bringing the cherry trees to Washington, D.C. Inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, “$10”, and “1/2 oz. .9999 Fine Gold”.
Initial pricing for the coins is $815.00 for the proof version and $795.00 for the uncirculated version. The pricing may be adjusted weekly based on the average market price of gold.
The United States Mint has indicated a maximum mintage of 10,000 coins for this issue across both proof and uncirculated versions. Customer orders will determine the ratio of proof to uncirculated coins.
The final two releases of the series for the year featuring Ellen Wilson and Edith Wilson are scheduled for release on December 9 and December 16, 2013.