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

Appearing as the first uncirculated strike of 2011 to honor the spouses of the former Presidents of the United States is the 2011-W $10 Eliza Johnson First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin.

Mintage: 15,000 maximum
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This particular coin honors a woman named Eliza who married future president-to-be Andrew Johnson on May 17, 1827 at the young age of only sixteen. Andrew served as the Vice President under Abraham Lincoln during Lincoln’s second term until the 16th President was assassinated in 1865.

Upon Lincoln’s death, the Johnson’s moved to the White House as Andrew assumed the Presidency. Unfortunately, Eliza’s health at that time was so poor that she was unable to fulfill the hostess duties usually required of the First Lady and left those responsibilities to her eldest daughter.

Previous First Spouse Gold Coins

The Eliza Johnson First Spouse strike marks the eighteenth Spouse Coin since the program’s launch in 2007. Those preceding the Johnson Coin were:

  • 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

If a president had more than one wife while in office, such as John Tyler, both spouses will be honored on separate coins. If the President was not married while in office, an image of the mythical figure of Liberty will be used on the spouse coins instead.

Issue Information

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

Release Date

Expect the Eliza Johnson First Spouse Gold Coin to be released by the US Mint in the first half on 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

On the obverse of the strike is a portrait of Eliza as designed 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 as designed by AIP Associate Designer Gary Whitley and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

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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