2008-W $10 Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse Gold Proof Coin

The 2008-W $10 Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse Gold Proof Coin is the fifth coin to be issued in a series struck to honor the spouses of the former Presidents of the United States

Mintage: 40,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 5 Mar 2009
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The First Spouse Gold Coin Program debuted in 2007 with a strike honoring Martha Washington, the wife of the first President of the United States. Additonal Spouse Coins are released at an approximate rate of four per year on a schedule tied to the release of the circulating Presidential $1 Coins also from the US Mint.

First Spouse Coins are each struck from 1/2 ounce of .9999 fine gold to either proof or uncirculated quality.

Additional 2008 First Spouse Gold Coins

Four different First Spouse Coins were issued in 2008 with each one being struck to either proof or uncirculated condition. The 2008 strikes were:

  • 2008-W Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2008-W Louisa Adams First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2008-W Jackson’s Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2008-W Van Buren’s First Spouse Gold Coin

As indicated by the last two strikes released for the year, an image of Liberty is used on the spouse coins when the former President served without a spouse. This was the case with Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.

Issue Information

Each First Spouse Gold Coin is struck from 1/2 ounce of 24-karat gold (.9999 fine).

Release Date

The US Mint released the Elizabeth Monroe coins on February 8, 2008.

Issue Price

Initial price on the Elizabeth Monroe Proof Coin was $619.95.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

A "W" mintmark on the design indicates that each coin was struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

The portrait of Elizabeth Monroe found on the obverse (heads side) of the coin was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Don Everhart.

Elizabeth Monroe is shown on the reverse (tails side) of the coin during a reception celebrating the re-opening of the White House after being burned during the War of 1812 by British troops.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $10
Finish: Proof
Composition: .9999 fine gold
Standard Weight: 0.5000 troy oz. or 15.554g
Standard Diameter: 1.043 inches or 26.49 mm
Edge: Reeded

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