The first spouse $10 gold coin program is a program that honors the first spouses by issuing a $10 gold coin to commemorate them. These first spouse gold coins were released with the same schedule as the presidential dollars.
The obverse of these coins depict the date, the order of their terms as first spouse, the word â€śLiberty,â€ť the words â€śIn God We Trust,â€ť as well as a portrait of the first spouse and the first spouseâ€™s name. The reverse of each coin is unique to that first spouse, depicting a portrait that was symbolic of that first spouseâ€™s life and work, and the words â€śThe United States of America,â€ť â€śE Pluribus Unum,â€ť â€śÂ˝ oz,â€ť â€ś$10,â€ť and â€ś0.9999 fine gold.â€ť
Four Presidents, who all were not married when they were in office, were represented by images which were symbolic of Liberty. These four presidents are Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, and James Buchanan.
The second set of four first spouse $10 gold coins were minted in 2008. These four coins, the Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Adams, the second of the liberty coins, which was the Andrew Jackson Liberty coin, and the third Liberty coin, the Martin Van Buren Liberty gold coin, were all minted in 2008.
The first of the 2008 first spouse gold $10 coins is the Elizabeth Monroe gold coin. The Elizabeth Monroe gold coinâ€™s reverse depicts Elizabeth Monroe standing in front of a part of the White House. James and Elizabeth Monroe held a reopening of the White House, after it was burned down in 1814 by the British. They not only reopened the White House, but also let the Government use some of their own personal furniture to furnish the White House, which was nearly completely empty when they moved in.
The second 2008 first spouse gold coin is the Louisa Adams gold coin. The Louisa Adams gold coin depicts Louisa Adams and her eight-year-old son, Charles. John Quincy Adams was an American diplomat in the Russian capital, St. Petersburg. In 1814, John Quincy Adams was summoned to participate in peace talks to end the war of 1812. In 1815, Louisa and Charles had to make a long journey to Paris to join John Quincy Adams. Part of this journey is what is depicted on the Louisa Adams gold $10 coin.
The third 2008 first spouse gold coin is the Andrew Jackson Liberty gold coin. The Andrew Jackson gold coin depicts Andrew Jackson on his horse. Andrew Jackson, who is also known by the nickname of â€śOld Hickoryâ€ť was a war hero, who lead 4,000 men against an army twice its size and still won the battle.
The fourth and final 2008 first spouse gold $10 gold is another Liberty coin, this time for Martin Van Buren. The Martin Van Buren Liberty gold coin features Martin Van Buren, who is reading a book in his hometown of Kinderhook. The abbreviation O.K., was probably come up with during Martin Van Burenâ€™s reelection campaign. The initials for OK come from Martin Van Burenâ€™s nickname: â€śOld Kinderhook.â€ť
I am sorry to say that I do not have any original picture of any of the $10 first spouse gold coins.
I know the first few paragraphs are the same as my blog on the 2007 first spouse gold coins. I figure that it does the job of introducing the series.