2012-W $10 Alice Paul First Spouse Gold Proof Coin

The 2012-W $10 Alice Paul First Spouse Gold Proof Coin is the first 2012-dated proof strike of the First Spouse Gold Coin series.This coin is unique not only for the fact that it is the first of the series to appear for the year, but also because it is the first and only strike of the series in general to depict a person other than an actual spouse of a former President of the United States, or the likeness of the mythical figure of Liberty.

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Generally, the series showcases the spouses of former Presidents, thus the name of the series. However, in the instances where the President served without a spouse while in office, the likeness of Liberty is used on the associated coins instead.

The only exception to that policy was actually directed by Congress as part of the original authorizing law. It applies to the first spouse gold coin issued as part of the Chester A. Arthur presidency. For that release, the likeness of Alice Paul (early 20th century American Suffragist) was to be used instead.

Previous First Spouse Gold Coins

Coins of the series are released in association with the Presidential $1 Coin Program which are issued in the order in which the former Presidents served. The Presidential series appears at a rate of four per year with these spouse coins typically being offered shortly after the Presidential coin. The release order of the previous coins of the spouse series follows:

  • 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, Lucretia Garfield

As the above list shows, typically four coins are issued per year. In 2009, however, an exception occurred when five coins were issued because President John Tyler had two different wives while serving. Thus the Letitia Tyler and the Julia Tyler coins were both released in association with his administration.

Issue Information

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

Release Date

A release date for the coin has not been announced by the US Mint.

Issue Price

Price points for coins of the series are based on a previous metal pricing matrix used by the Mint linking the coins to the average price of gold the previous week.

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

A portrait of Alice Paul is featured on the obverse of the coin.

A scene representative of the Suffragist Movement is depicted on the reverse.

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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