Caroline Harrison 2012 10 Dollars First Spouse Gold Coins

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Caroline Harrison 2012 10 Dollars First Spouse Gold Coin
First Lady of the United States, 1889 — 1892

The third release of the First Spouse Gold Coin Program for 2012 featured Caroline Harrison, the spouse of the 23rd President Benjamin Harrison. The series has featured the spouses of each President on one-half ounce 24 karat gold coins.

The Caroline Harrison First Spouse Gold Coin features her portrait on the obverse with the inscriptions indicating her name, order of the Presidency, and dates served as First Lady. The obverse was designed by Frank Morris and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. The reverse design selected for the coin features an orchid and paint brushes to represent the First Lady’s interest in china-painting. The reverse was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

  Caroline Lavinia Scott Harrison was born October 1, 1832, in Oxford, Ohio. She enjoyed painting for recreation, including china painting, which became one of her passions when she taught ceramic painting at her church. Along with her German teacher, Paul Putzki, she taught china painting classes. The classes were made up of Washington wives and daughters. She painted a "White House Orchid" with water colors and dedicated it to "mothers, wives, and daughters of America." While serving as First Lady, Caroline Harrison secured appropriations from Congress to perform some much needed renovations to the White House and install electricity.  She decorated White House candlesticks, milk sets, platters and other pieces, as well as those owned by women in Washington wanting a White House memento. Her signature was a tiny four-leaf clover.
  As first lady, Caroline Harrison began the effort to organize pieces of past Presidential china still in the White House into a systematic collection for later display. She uncovered, identified and tagged china, grouping pieces together for eventual public display. She had a china cabinet made to display all past Presidential china she found. Sadly, she passed away on October 25, 1892, while her husband was still in office.

  After announcing design selections for the 2012 First Spouse Gold Coins in April, the United States Mint provided no further details regarding release dates for specific coins. Later in the year, it was revealed that striking problems for the first two issues of the year had delayed the release for all four of the year’s coins. The Caroline Harrison coins would not be released until very late in the year on December 6, 2012.
  Initial pricing for the coins was established at $1,029 for the proofs and $1,016 for the uncirculated coins based on an average market price of gold within the $1,700 to $1749.99 range. During the course of the offering, prices would be adjusted based on changes in the weekly average market price of gold. This resulted in significantly lower pricing as the coins continued to be offered in the following year.
  A maximum mintage of 13,000 coins was established across both versions of the coin. The coins remained available for sale until December 31, 2013, reaching last reported sales of 2,436 uncirculated and 3,046 proof coins.

Coin Specifications and Mintages
Date: 2012
Mint: West Point (W)
Mintage: 2,436 (uncirculated), 3,046 (proof)
Designers: Frank Morris (obverse), Donna Weaver (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)

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First Spouse Gold Coins Program

2007 First Spouse Gold Coins

2008 First Spouse Gold Coins

2009 First Spouse Gold Coins

Anna Harrison       Letitia Tyler       Julia Tyler       Sarah Polk       Margaret Taylor

2010 First Spouse Gold Coins

2011 First Spouse Gold Coins

Eliza Johnson         Julia Grant         Lucy Hayes         Lucretia Garfield

2012 First Spouse Gold Coins

Alice Paul         Frances Cleveland 1st Term         Caroline Harrison     

2013 First Spouse Gold Coins

2014 First Spouse Gold Coins

Eleanor Roosevelt         Lou Hoover         Grace Coolidge         Florence Harding

2015 First Spouse Gold Coins