Anna Harrison 2009 10 Dollars First Spouse Gold Coins

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US Gold Coins Anna Harrison First Spouse $10 Dollars Gold Coin
First Lady of the United States, 1841

The obverse of the Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin features her portrait as designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The inscriptions include “Anna Harrison”, “In God We Trust”, “Liberty”, the order of the Presidency “9th”, the year of the Presidential term “1841”, and the mintage date “2009”.

Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison (July 25, 1775 - February 25, 1864), wife of President William Henry Harrison and grandmother of President Benjamin Harrison, was nominally First Lady of the United States during her husband's one-month term in 1841, but she never entered the White House. At the age of 65 years during her husband's presidential term, she is the oldest woman ever to become First Lady, as well as having the distinction of holding the title for the shortest length of time, and the first person to be widowed while holding the title.
   Although born in relative prosperity in New Jersey, Anna Tuthill Symmes Harrison lived most of her life as a pioneer in the Ohio and Indiana frontier territories, following her husband, William Henry Harrison, during his long military and political career. William was frequently away for long stretches of time, and she cared for their business ventures and their ten children alone. Relations with the local Native Americans were tense, and the threat of attack was ever-present. Even with these dangers, she was an able hostess who cooked and served meals for soldiers, dignitaries and American Indian leaders alike. Councils with local Native Americans were frequently held in her home, and their encampments set up on her front lawn.
   Harrison was well-educated for a woman of her era, having attended the best schools for girls in the northeast. In fact, she was the first presidential spouse with a documented formal education and had a lifelong love of learning.  An avid reader, she especially enjoyed any political journals and newspapers she could find on the frontier.
   Anna Harrison was the wife of the 9th President William Henry Harrison. She served as the First Lady during the 30 day term of her husband’s Presidency, although she never made the journey to Washington, D.C. due to illness. When she was prepared to leave, she learned of her husband’s untimely death and remained at home. President William Henry Harrison died on April 4, 1841.  It was just one month after he became gravely ill after his one-hour and forty-minute inaugural address delivered in the blustery March wind.

The reverse features a scene of the future First Lady reading to school children. She educated her own children and started two schools with her husband in Indiana and Ohio. The reverse inscriptions include “United States of America”, “E Pluribus Unum”, the denomination “$10″, the gold content “1/2 oz.”, and the gold purity “.9999 Fine Gold”. The reverse of the coin was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

  Children and education were central to Anna Harrison's life. On the frontier, she educated her children herself.  She and her husband started the Jefferson Academy (named for Thomas Jefferson) in Vincennes, Indiana, in 1801, for students eight to 17 years of age. The school charged $15 a year in tuition, but Native Americans were allowed to attend free of charge.
  Upon moving to North Bend, Ohio, the Harrisons started a school there as well.  The reverse of the Anna Harrison First Spouse $10 Gold Coin depicts Mrs. Harrison sharing her passion for teaching with her students.

Coin Specifications and Mintages
Date: 2009
Mint: West Point (W)
Mintage: 6,251 (proof), 3,645 (uncirculated)
Designers: Donna Weaver (obverse), Thomas Cleveland (reverse)
Composition: 0.9999 Gold
Weight: 0.5000 troy oz. (15.554 g)
Diameter: 1.041 inches (26.49 mm)
Thickness: 0.074 inches (1.88 mm)

   For the third year of the First Spouse Gold Coin series, there were five different releases rather than the usual four. The greater number of coins seemed to have an impact on the number of coins purchased for each release. The Anna Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin established a new mintage low for the series, which was followed by even lower levels for the next two issues.
   The Anna Harrison First Spouse Coins were available for sale at the US Mint starting on March 5, 2009. Proof and uncirculated versions were offered, with a maximum mintage of 40,000 coins across both options. Original pricing was $629.00 for the proof  and $614.00 for the uncirculated. Prices were subsequently adjusted on numerous occasions in response to changes in the price of gold.
   After approximately one year of availability, final mintages reached 6,251 proof and 3,645 uncirculated coins. At the time, these figures represented new mintage lows for the series. Eventually, a new low would be established by the Julia Tyler coin, which was also released during the 2009 and remained available for sale through 2010.

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