The United States Mint announced today that the 2010 Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Gold Coins will be released for sale on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at Noon (Eastern Time). These coins are the first in the series to be released this year and are struck from one half ounce of 99.99% pure gold.
Collectors and investors have shown a nice demand for this series of coins. As almost pure gold, collectors view them as a part of their investment portfolios with the knowledge that their content and purity are backed by the US government. Collectors see the coins as nice numismatic additions that offer an extremely low mintage and the bragging rights of owning a gold coin.
Proof and uncirculated versions of the coin will be available upon launch. Past spouse coin sales show a strong preference among buyers for the proof quality but both typically see numbers well into the multiple thousands.
The Mint will strike no more than 40,000 total of these coins although recent spouse strikes have not attained numbers close to that. All four of the 2008 members of the series including the Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Adams, Jackson's Liberty and Van Buren coins all closed out with less than 13,000 total sold.
Price for the Abigail Fillmore coins will be based on the Mint's precious metal coin pricing matrix. Current coins are selling for $716 for the uncirculated coin and $729 for the proof, but these prices may be adjusted on Wednesday before the Fillmore release.
Anyone interested in buying the coins may do so directly from the US Mint via their website at www.usmint.gov or by calling their toll-free ordering hotline at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
1 5/16" Bronze medal replicas of the coins will also be created by the Mint and are available for sale.