2011-W $10 Eliza Johnson First Spouse Gold Proof Coin

The 2011-W $10 Eliza Johnson First Spouse Gold Proof Coin will be the first proof strike of the year released by the United States Mint to honor the spouses of the former Presidents of the United States and the eighteenth for the program as whole.

Mintage: 15,000 maximum
Sold Out: TBD
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Eliza married future president-to-be Andrew Johnson on May 17, 1827 at the young age of only sixteen. Decently educated, Eliza actually tutored her husband who could barely read and spell at the time of their marriage. With her help, he continued to learn and to pursue his ambitions until he eventually became the Vice President of the United States under Abraham Lincoln.

When Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, the Johnson’s moved to the White House with Andrew assuming the Presidency. Unfortunately, due to Eliza’s poor health, she rarely acted as hostess in the White House, but instead left that duty to her eldest daughter.

Previous First Spouse Gold Coins

There have been seventeen coins which have preceded the Eliza Johnson First Spouse strike since the program’s launch in 2007. These coins 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, Buchanan’s Liberty, Mary Todd Lincoln

As shown in several examples above, if the President served without a spouse, the authorizing legislation for the coins dictates that an image of the mythical figure of Liberty be used instead. Also, if the President had more than one wife while in office, both will be featured on separate coins such as the 2009 Letitia Tyler and Julia Tyler strikes.

Issue Information

Each First Spouse gold coin is struck from 1/2 ounce of .9999 fine gold.

Release Date

No release date has been confirmed for the Eliza Johnson Gold Coin by the US Mint. It should, however, occur in the first half of 2011.

Issue Price

The issue price for First Spouse coins is dictated by the US Mint’s precious metal coin pricing matrix which ties the price of the coins to the average of the previous week’s London Fix for gold.

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 shows a portrait of Eliza and was completed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart.

The reverse shows three children dancing at the President’s 60th birthday party and was designed by AIP Associate Designer Gary Whitley and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

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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