The United States Mint will release the 2010 Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coin on Thursday, December 2, 2010.
This is according to a recent release from the US Mint. The coins will go on sale beginning at Noon, Eastern Time on that day and are available in both proof and uncirculated condition.
Each coin is struck from one half ounce of 24-karat gold. Pricing will be set for the coins by the US Mint before their release. Since they are struck from gold, the Mint will use its precious metal coin pricing matrix to tie the price of the coins to the average of the previous week's London Spot for the precious metal.
These coins mark the last of the First Spouse series to be issued in 2010. The series debuted in 2007 as a companion to the circulating Presidential $1 Coin series. The Spouse coins honor the spouses of the former Presidents of the United States and are released on a schedule similar to the Presidential Coin for which they are associated with.
Mary Todd Lincoln was the wife of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. She married Abraham on November 4, 1842, in Springfield, Illinois, where they both lived. Mary served as the First Lady during her husband's Presidential Administration which began on March 4, 1861 and lasted until he was assassinated and died on April 15, 1865.
The Mary Todd Lincoln First Spouse Gold Coins mark the seventeenth coin to be issued in the series. Those released before the Lincoln Coin include:
- 2007 - Martha Washington First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2007 - Abigail Adams First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2007 - Jefferson's Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2007 - Dolley Madison First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2008 - Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2008 - Louisa Adams First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2008 - Andrew Jackson's Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2008 - Martin Van Buren's Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2009 - Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2009 - Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2009 - Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2009 - Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2009 - Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2010 - Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2010 - James Pierce First Spouse Gold Coin
- 2010 - James Buchanan's Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin
The program dictates that if a President served without a spouse, an image of the mythical figure of Liberty will be used on the associated coin instead. An example of this is the recent 2010 James Buchanan's Liberty Coin.
If the President had more than one spouse while serving, both will be featured on separate coins. This is exemplified by the 2009 Letitia Tyler Coin and the 2009 Julia Tyler Coin. Both were married at different times to President John Tyler.
Those interested in obtaining the Mary Lincoln First Spouse Coin may do so beginning at Noon, Eastern, on December 2, 2010 via either the US Mint's website of www.usmint.gov or via the toll-free number of 1-800-USA-MINT.
Bronze medals bearing the likeness of the Mary Lincoln Coin will also be available from the Mint for $5.50 per medal.