2010-W $10 Buchanan’s Liberty First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin

The 2010-W $10 Buchanan’s Liberty First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin is the sixteenth coin in a series struck to honor the spouses of the former Presidents of the United States.

Mintage: 15,000 maximum
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However, as has occurred with three previous issues of the program, the Buchanan coin does not feature a spouse. That is because Buchanan was not married during his tenure in office. Thus, as dictated by the authorizing legislation, an image of the mythical figure of Liberty is used on the obverse of the coin instead.

Showing a face value of $10, each coin is struck from 1/2 ounce of .9999 fine gold making its intrinsic value much higher.

Previous First Spouse Gold Coins

There have been fifteen coins which have proceeded the Buchanan’s Liberty strike. Those individuals honored and the year of release are:

  • 2007 – Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Jefferson’s Liberty and Dolley Madison
  • 2008 – Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Adams, Jackson’s Liberty and Van Buren’s Liberty
  • 2009 – Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler, Julia Tyler, Sarah Polk and Margaret Taylor
  • 2010 – Abigail Fillmore, Jane Pierce

As exemplified by the Buchanan coin, when a President served without a spouse, an image of the mythical figure Liberty will be used. If the President had more than one spouse while in office (like John Tyler’s Letitia and Julia), then both will be showcased on individual coins.

Issue Information

These coins are struck to uncirculated condition with a maximum mintage of only 15,000 across all product options

Release Date

A release date of September 2010 has been indicated by the US Mint.

Issue Price

The Mint sells the spouse coins for a price based on their precious metals pricing matrix. It ties the price of the coins to the previous weeks average London Fix for gold.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The coins of this series are all struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point and show the "W" mintmark.

Designer & Sculptor

The image of Liberty found on the obverse (heads side) of the coin was designed by Christian Gobrecht originally for the Liberty Head Quarter Eagle that appeared from 1840-1907.

Designed by David Westwood and sculpted by Joseph Menna, the reverse (tails side) shows a young Buchanan working as a bookkeeper in his family’s store.

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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