2008-W $10 Van Buren’s Liberty First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin

The 2008-W $10 Van Buren’s Liberty First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin marked the eighth release of a coin struck to honor the spouses of the former Presidents of the United States.

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Ending Sales Date: Dec 3 2009
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However, making this coin somewhat unique was the fact that the coin did not actually honor a spouse. As Martin Van Buren was not married during his administration, an image of the mythical figure of Liberty is used on the obverse (heads side) of the coin instead.

Each coin is struck from 1/2 ounce of .9999 fine (24-karat) gold to either proof or uncirculated condition.

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

A release rate of four per year is typical for the program as the Spouse Coins are released in conjunction with the circulating Presidential $1 Coins. However, if a President was married to more than one person while in office, both spouses will be honored on separate coins meaning more than four coins could be released in a single year.

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 Van Buren Liberty coins on November 25, 2008.

Issue Price

Initial price on the Van Buren Liberty Uncirculated Coin was $524.95.

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 obverse (heads side) of the Van Buren coin shows an image of Liberty first seen on the Liberty Seated Dime which was minted between 1837 and 1891. It was originally designed by Christian Gobrecht.

The reverse (tails side) shows a young Martin Van Buren sitting under a tree reading a book with his family’s tavern seen in the background. It was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $10
Finish: Uncirculated
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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