Announces 2009 First Spouse Gold Coins
by U.S. Mint
The United States
Mint today officially announced the five new
designs that will appear on the 2009 First
Spouse Gold Coins. The designs pay homage to
Anna Harrison, Letitia and Julia Tyler-the first
and second wives, respectively, of President
John Tyler-Sarah Polk and Margaret Taylor.
"The First Spouse Gold Coin designs give us a
glimpse into the fascinating lives of the women
who supported, promoted and often advised the
men who led our country," said United States
Mint Director Ed Moy.
The obverse designs of the First Spouse Gold
Coins feature striking portraits of the Nation's
first spouses. Inscriptions on the obverse
include the spouses' names, the years during
which they were the First Spouse, the order of
their husbands' service as President, the year
of minting or issuance, IN GOD WE TRUST and
LIBERTY. The coins' reverse feature unique
designs emblematic of each spouse's life and
work. Inscriptions on the reverse include THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10,
1/2 OZ. and .9999 FINE GOLD.
The obverse of the Anna Harrison First Spouse
Gold Coin was designed by United States Mint
Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Associate
Designer Donna Weaver and sculpted by United
States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna. The
reverse design, by AIP Master Designer Thomas
Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers, depicts
Mrs. Harrison sharing her passion for teaching
with her students.
The obverse of the Letitia Tyler First Spouse
Gold Coin was designed and sculpted by United
States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
The reverse, designed by AIP Master Designer
Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Norman E. Nemeth, depicts Mrs.
Tyler and her two oldest children behind their
Cedar Grove Plantation, where she and John were
married in 1813.
The obverse and reverse of the Julia Tyler First
Spouse Gold Coin were designed by AIP Master
Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United
States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. The
reverse design depicts President and Mrs. Tyler
dancing together at a White House Ball.
The obverse and reverse of the Sarah Polk First
Spouse Gold Coin was designed and sculpted by
Hemphill. The reverse design depicts Mrs. Polk
working in the White House in support of her
The obverse of the Margaret Taylor First Spouse
Coin features a portrait designed by Hemphill
and sculpted by Vickers. The coin's reverse,
designed by AIP Associate Designer Mary Beth
Zeitz and sculpted by United States Mint
Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz, depicts Margaret
Taylor comforting an injured soldier during the
The new designs also will be featured on 1-5/16"
bronze medals to be issued in 2009.
To view or download an image of the 2009 First
Spouse Gold Coin designs, go to:
To learn more about the First Spouse Gold Coin
Program, visit: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/firstSpouse/.