Wednesday, April 25, 2012

United States Mint Announces Designs for 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins

WASHINGTON - The United States Mint today announced the designs for the 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins. The coins honor Alice Paul and the suffrage movement, Frances Cleveland (first term), Caroline Harrison and Frances Cleveland (second term).

 Public Law 109-145, the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Act), contains a provision for the continuity of the First Spouse Coin Program in the event that a President served without a first spouse.

 In the case of President Chester Arthur, who was widowed before he took office, the Act specifically requires that the obverse (heads side) design for his corresponding First Spouse Gold Coin incorporate the name and likeness of Alice Paul, a leading strategist in the suffrage movement who was born during his term. The Act specifies that the reverse (tails side) design be representative of the suffrage movement. The obverses of the 2012 24-karat First Spouse Gold Coins feature striking portraits of . . .

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