2009-W $10 Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Proof Coin

The twelfth coin to be issued by the US Mint to honor spouses of the former Presidents of the United States is the 2009-W $10 Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Proof Coin.

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The Sarah Polk coin is a continuation of the program which debuted in 2007. Coins are released on a schedule similar to the circulating Presidential $1 Coins also from the US Mint.

Each Spouse Coin is struck from 1/2 ounce of 24-karat gold with the US Mint producing both proof and uncirculated versions of each strike.

Additional 2009 First Spouse Gold Coins

There were a total of five coins issued by the US Mint in 2009 as part of the First Spouse Gold Coin series. In their correct order, they are:

  • 2009-W Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2009-W Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2009-W Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2009-W Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin
  • 2009-W Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Coin

Typically, only four Spouse coins are issued annually. However, former President John Tyler had two different wives while in office requiring two separate coins to be issued honoring them – the Letitia Tyler Coin and the Julia Tyler Coin.

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 Sarah Polk coins on September 3, 2009.

Issue Price

Initial price on the Sarah Polk Proof Coin was $654.

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 Sarah Polk on the obverse (heads side) of her coin was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

Phebe Hemphill also designed and sculpted the reverse (tails side) of the coin to show Sarah working beside her husband President James Polk in the White House.

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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