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2008 Louisa Adams First Spouse Gold Coin

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  • Title: 2008 Louisa Adams First Spouse Gold Coin
  • Purity: .9999
  • Metal: Gold
  • Weight: 15.554 gm

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The 2008 Louisa Adams Gold Coin was the sixth issue of the First Spouse Gold Coin Program, which provided for the issuance of one-half ounce 24 karat gold coins for the First Ladies. The obverse of the coin, designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, features a portrait of the First Lady. The reverse of the coin, designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna, depicts a younger Louisa Adams and her son Charles making a journey across Europe in order to rejoin husband and father in Paris. Coins were released on May 29, 2008 and limited to a maximum authorized mintage of 40,000. By the end of sales, the US Mint sold a combined 11,677 across uncirculated and proof 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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