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2009 First Spouse Gold Coins

The United States Mint has released the designs for the 2009 First Spouse Gold Coins. There will be five different coins released, instead of the usual four coins. This is because President John Tyler had a first and second wife while in office. First Spouses honored in 2009 will include Anna Harrison, Letitia Tyler, Julia Tyler, Sarah Polk, and Margaret Taylor.

Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold

Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin – first release for 2009. The obverse was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The reverse was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Charles Vickers

Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold

Letitia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin – second release for 2009. The obverse was designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. The reverse was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Norman E. Nemeth.

Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold

Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin – third release for 2009. The obverse and reverse were designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart.

Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin

Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin – fourth release for 2009. The obverse and reverse were designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.

Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Coin

Margaret Taylor First Spouse Gold Coin – fifth release for 2009. The obverse was designed by Phebe Hemphill and sculpted by Charles Vickers. The reverse was designed by Mary Beth Zietz and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

National Park Quarters Now a Reality

H.R. 6184 America’s Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008 was signed into law on December 23, 2008. This will create a new series of National Park Quarters to follow the 50 State Quarters Program and Washington DC & US Territories Quarters Program.

The new series would feature at least 56 quarters with designs emblemnatic of a National Park or National Site in each of the 50 States, plus Washington DC and the US Territories. The quarters would be released at a rate of five per year in the order that each park or site was designated. This will give the new program a duration of at least 11 years. In the ninth year of the program, the Secretary of the Treasury has the option to expand the program for a second round of designs, bringing the program duration to 22 years.

The bill also provides for the production of oversized silver repliacs of each National Park Quarter. These replicas would be 3 inches in diameter, contain 5 ounces of .999 silver, and have incused edge lettering. The replicas would carry the 25 cent denomination.

There have been some mixed opinions on another long series of “new State Quarters.” Since 1999, there have been an endless parade of series redesigns which all utilize the concept of a rotating reverse design. Unfortunately, it looks like constantly changing coin designs are becoming the norm rather than the exception.

The first National Park Quarters will be released in 2010.

2009 Quarter Designs

Today the US Mint unveiled the designs for the upcoming DC & US Territories Quarters. This series will follow the popular 50 State Quarters Program and issue six newly designed quarters honoring Washington DC and the five United States Territories.

The obverse of the coin will continue to bear the portrait of Washington which was used for the State Quarters series.

Here are the designs in order of release:

Washington DC Quarter

Washington DC Quarter –  features Duke Ellington seated at a piano. His name is inscribed on the piano and Washington DC’s motto “Justice For All”.

Puerto Rico Quarter

Puerto Rico Quarter –  depicts the sentry box in Old San Juan overlooking the sea. Includes the inscription “Isla del Encanto” translated “Island of Enchantment.”

Guam Quarter

Guam Quarter – includes an outline of the island, a stone latte, and a flying proa. Inscription reads “Guahan I Tanó ManChamorro” translated “Guam, Land of the Chamorro.”

American Samoa Quarter

American Samoa Quarter – fatures the ava bowl and whisk and staff on teh coastline of the island. The inscriptions read “Samoa Muamua Le Atua” translated “Samoa, God is First.”

Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Quarter –  features the official bird and flower, with native palm tree. The inscription reads “United in Pride and Hope.”

Northern Mariana Islands Quarter

Northern Mariana Islands Quarter –  features a large latte stone with a sailing canoe. Some of the native birds and plants are also pictured.

50 State Quarters Album

I thought this was rather neat. It’s a slide show of all the 50 State Quarters from start to finish.

I found it at the new coin collecting social network Coin Network.


Find more photos like this on Coin Network – Coin Collecting Social Network

Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle

In January 2009, the United States Mint will release what has been called the “Nation’s most beautiful coin.” This is Augustus Saint Gaudens’ Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle. The coin was originally designed for the

The Ultra High Relief Gold Double Eagle was a coin originally designed by Augustus Saint Gaudens for the $20 Gold Double Eagle coin. Unfortunately, the technology of his era did not allow a coin of such high relief to be mass produced. As a result, a lower relief version was used. With modern technology, Saint Gaudens’ artistic vision can finally be realized.

There will be several notable alterations to the the classic design. The obverse of the coin will carry the Roman Numeral date MMIX for 2009 and the number of stars will be increased from 46 to 50. The reverse of the coin will have the motto “In God We Trust” added between the sun and its rays. Coins will be struck on .9999 fine gold with a diameter of 27 millimeters and thickness of 4 millimeters.

The Mint’s intention to recreate the coin was first mentioned on March 13, 2008. The announcement was positively reveiced by coin collectors and buzz for the new offering started to build. On July 30, 2008 the designs were revealed at the ANA World’s Fair of Money. Recently on November 24, 2008 the first coins were struck at the West Point Mint.

The coins are expected to be available for sale to the public in January 2009. The exact date, as well as the pricing and ordering information have not yet been announced. Images of the coin appear below!

Ultra High Relief Obverse

Ultra High Relief Gold Reverse