2011-W $10 Lucretia Garfield First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin

The 2011-W $10 Lucretia Garfield First Spouse Gold Uncirculated Coin will be the twenty-first uncirculated coin in the series dedicated to honoring the spouses of the former Presidents of the United States.

Mintage: 15,000 maximum
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Lucretia and James A. Garfield married in 1858 a few years before he would rise to prominence in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Upon his retirement from the Army and his entrance into the political world, the Garfield’s would be almost inseparable.

In 1881, James assumed the Presidency of the United States making Lucretia the First Lady. Suffering from malaria, Lucretia was recuperating in New Jersey when her husband was shot. She raced to his side and stayed there for three months before he succumbed from the attack.

Previous First Spouse Gold Coins

Those First Spouse Gold Coins issued by the US Mint before the Lucretia Garfield strike are shown below:

  • 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
  • 2011 – Eliza Johnson, Julia Grant, Lucy Hayes

Those coins above including the name "Liberty" indicate that the associated President was not married while in office. As such, the mythical figure of Liberty will seen on the coins. If the serving President had more than one wife while in office, both will be featured on separate coins (as the 2009 Letitia and Julia Tyler Coins indicate).

Issue Information

The US Mint strikes each First Spouse Gold Coin from 1/2 ounce of .9999 fine gold.

Release Date

The Lucretia Garfield First Spouse Gold Coin should be released by the US Mint on December 1, 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 each First Spouse Gold Coin indicates it was struck at the US Mint’s facility in West Point.

Designer & Sculptor

US Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Master Designer Barbara Fox designed the portrait of Lucretia shown on the obverse of the coin. It was sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

The reverse shows Miss Garfield painting and was designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Mike Gaudioso.

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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