United States Mint Opens Sales for Eleanor Roosevelt First Spouse ½ Ounce Gold Coins

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WASHINGTON - The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2014 One-Half Ounce Eleanor Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins Sept. 4 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 

Orders will be accepted at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), while hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT.  A fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders for shipping and handling. 

The Eleanor Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins will be struck at the United States Mint at West Point in proof (product code HP7) and uncirculated (product code HP8) finishes.  Maximum mintage is set at 10,000 across all product options, with customer demand determining the ratio of proof coins to uncirculated coins produced.  Pricing will be based on the United States Mint's gold pricing structure, available at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog.  

The coin's obverse (heads side) was designed by Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) artist Chris Costello and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.  The design features a portrait of Mrs. Roosevelt with the inscriptions ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2014, 32nd, and 1933 - 1945.

The coin's reverse (tails side) was also designed by Costello and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Renata Gordon.  The design depicts Mrs. Roosevelt's right hand lighting a candle.  A glowing light rises over a stylized graphic of the Earth's curved horizon, symbolizing her life's work and the global impact of her humanitarian initiatives.  Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD.

About the United States Mint
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792 and became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873.  It is the Nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The United States Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins.  The United States Mint's numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer.

Note:  To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on-sale date and time of Sept. 4, 2014, at noon EDT, shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored. For more information, please review the United States Mint's Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.

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