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2011-W 1/2 Oz Gold First Spouse Coin PR69 DCAM PCGS - Eliza Johnson

2011 W First Spouse Eliza Johnson Half Ounce Gold Coin PR69 DCAM PCGS
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Specifications

  • Title: 2011-W 1/2 Oz Gold First Spouse Coin PR69 DCAM PCGS - Eliza Johnson
  • Purity: .9999 Fine Gold
  • Metal: Gold
  • Weight: 0.5000 troy oz (15.554g) (min)

Full Description

This Gold First Spouse Coin was released on May 5, 2011, and was the 18th Commemorative Coin, released in the 5th year of the series. It is struck from ? ounce of .9999 24-karat gold. The obverse is her portrait, designed by Joel Iskowitz. The reverse shows a scene from President Johnson's 60th Birthday Party and was designed by Gary Whitley.
Eliza was the wife of President Andrew Johnson, the 17th President of the United States. She served as First Lady from 1865 to 1869, during the 20th Presidential Term.
Eliza's father, who was a shoemaker, passed away while she was still very young forcing her mother to raise her on her own. Eliza still received an adequate education which she would one day use to help further educate her husband. She first met Andrew Johnson in her home-town of Greeneville, Tennessee. He had recently moved there from North Carolina to find work as a tailor. They immediately fell in love and were married on May 17, 1827. She was 16 and he was 19.
Eliza is credited with teaching her husband to read and write, but this seems to be a bit embellished. She did help him refine his rough edges, and encouraged him to join a debating group which sharpened his verbal skills and was the beginning of his political career.
Throughout all of the offices Andrew held, Eliza maintained their home in Tennessee and raised their children. It was only when Andrew became President that Eliza moved to Washington. Still, she preferred the job of mother and wife to that of First Lady and left all of the ceremonial duties to her very capable daughter, Martha Johnson Patterson. She did not influence him in matters of politics, however she was still a huge influence on the office. He was easy to anger and she was a very calming influence on him, and was very influencial in this way. She passed away six months after her husband in 1876.


Specifications:


Gold Content:
1/2 Troy oz


Face Value:
$10


Fineness:
.9999 Fine Gold


Weight:
0.5000 troy oz (15.554g) (min)


Diameter:
1.043 inches (26.49mm)


Thickness:
0.074 inches (1.88mm)


Mintage BU:
2,599


Mintage PRF:
3,907


Population (10-23-13):
212

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