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2008 Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse Gold Coin

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  • Title: 2008 Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse Gold Coin
  • Purity: .999
  • Metal: Gold
  • Weight: 15.554 g

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The 2008 Elizabeth Monroe Gold Coin began the second year of the 24 karat gold series to honor the First Ladies of the United States. Some of the early excitement had faded, leading to reduced mintages. The obverse of the coin, designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart, features a portrait of the First Lady. The reverse of the coin, designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Charles Vickers, depicts Elizabeth Monroe at a reception for the reopening of the White House held in 1818. Coins were released on February 28, 2008 and limited to a maximum authorized mintage of 40,000. The coins eventually sold a combined total of 12,452 across both proof and uncirculated options. Released on the same schedule as the Presidential Dollar program, the First Spouse gold bullion coins are struck in .9999 fine gold and weigh one-half ounce and has the denomination of $10. These $10 1/2 oz First Spouse Gold Commemoratives may or may not arrive in the U.S. Mint capsule and are in uncirculated or proof condition. Each coin contains 0.5000 troy ounces of pure gold. Dates and designs of our choice. The 1/2 ounce First Spouse $10 gold coin series honors this behind-the-scenes work that has fundamentally shaped our nation. Authorized by the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005, each First Spouse Gold Coin is struck in 24 karat and contains one-half ounce of gold. The coins carry a legal tender face value of $10. The obverse of each coin features a portrait of the First Spouse and the reverse carries a scene emblematic of the spouse's life or contributions. A subset of coins is created by Presidents who served without a spouse. In these situations, the obverse features an image of Liberty taken from a circulating coin of the President's era. The reverse features a scene from the President's life. There will be only four coins which carry the Liberty designs. After early excitement about the new series led to a series of rapid sell outs, for a variety of reasons collector interest waned. This had the fortuitous consequence of creating numerous issues with enticingly low mintages. In many cases, coins which were unpopular when issued have gone on to become desirable low mintage rarities.

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