2008-W $10 Louisa Adams First Spouse Gold Proof Coin

The 2008-W $10 Louisa Adams First Spouse Gold Proof Coin is the second coin in 2008 and the sixth for the series as a whole which were struck to honor the spouses of the former Presidents of the United States.

Mintage: 40,000 maximum across all product options
Ending Sales Date: 2 Jul 2009
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Coins in the series are released at an approximate rate of four per year with the first strike ever issued being the Martha Washington First Spouse Gold Coin struck to honor the wife of the first President of the United States in 2007. Subsequent coins in the series were (and are) issued on approximately the same schedule as the circulating Presidential $1 Coins.

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 shown by the above Jackson and Van Buren coins, when a President served without a spouse, an image of the mythical figure of Liberty will be used on the Spouse Coins.

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 Louisa Adams coins on May 29, 2008.

Issue Price

Initial price on the Louisa Adams 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

Shown on the obverse (heads side) of the coin is a portrait of Louisa Adams as designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

The reverse (tails side) shows Louisa and her son making a dangerous journey across Europe. It was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

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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