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2009 1/2 Oz Gold W First Spouse Coin PR69 DCAM PCGS - Margaret Taylor

2009 W First Spouse Margaret Taylor Half Ounce Gold Coin PR69 DCAM PCGS
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  • Title: 2009 1/2 Oz Gold W First Spouse Coin PR69 DCAM PCGS - Margaret Taylor
  • Purity: 0.5000 troy oz (15.554g) (min)
  • Metal: Gold
  • Weight: .9999 Fine Gold

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This Gold First Spouse Coin was released on December 3, 2009, and was the 13th Commemorative Coin, released in the 3rd year of the series. It is struck from ? ounce of .9999 24-karat gold. The obverse is her portrait, designed by Phebe Hemphill and sculpted by Charles Vickers. The reverse shows a younger Margaret attending to an injured soldier during the Seminole War, and was designed by Mary Beth Zeitz and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.?
Margaret was the wife of President Zachary Taylor, the 12th President of the United States. She served as First Lady from 1849 to 1850, during the 16th Presidential Term. Zachary was a career soldier, and Margaret was a devoted soldier's wife. Although she was born into wealth and equipped to be the wife of a wealthy plantation owner, she used her skills instead to take care of her husband and the men he served with. They did have a family during the years at the frontier, but as the children got older they were sent back east to live with grandparents where the life was easier.?
Margaret and Zachary had 5 daughters and 1 son, however, they lost 2 very young daughters in 1820 to malaria, and another daughter in 1835 to malaria, shortly after she married a young Jefferson Davis. These losses greatly affected Margaret, and she became more and more fretful of losing Zachary in a military battle.?
At the end of his military career, Margaret was looking forward to retiring to their home and enjoying their remaining children and grandchildren. She was very unhappy about his nomination for the Presidency, and prayed that he would not win. She was quoted as saying that his nomination for president was a plot to deprive her of his company in their retirement, and shorten his life.?
It is not known if Peggy Taylor had any influence with her husband, but it is clear she was in charge of every aspect of his life, from running the household to picking out better clothing. He had earned the reputation of being a sloppy dresser. One aspect she would not be involved in was the presiding over public functions as hostess. She left that to her popular young daughter Miss Betty, who did that very successfully and was well-like by everyone including the press. Zachary Taylor became ill on the 4th of July and died on July 9, 1850, just 18 months after taking office. Mrs. Taylor was so distraught at his death she could not attend the funeral. Eventually dealing with his death, she continued to live quietly with her children until her death at age 69, in 1852, just two years after her husband.?


Gold Content:
1/2 Troy oz

Face Value:

.9999 Fine Gold

0.5000 troy oz (15.554g) (min)

1.043 inches (26.49mm)

0.074 inches (1.88mm)

Mintage BU:

Mintage PRF:

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