United States Mint Set to Release Florence Harding First Spouse Gold Coin

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WASHINGTON - The United States Mint will open sales July 10 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) for gold coins honoring Florence Harding, wife of former President Warren G. Harding.

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 one-half troy ounce coin will be struck in .9999 fine, 24-karat gold and will be available in proof (product code HP1) and uncirculated (product code HP2) qualities.  Maximum mintage has been limited to 10,000 units across all product options.  Customer demand will determine the ratio of proof to uncirculated coins produced within the total maximum mintage.  Pricing will be set according to the United States Mint's pricing structure for gold coins, available at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog.  

The coin's obverse (heads side) was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.  The design depicts a portrait of Mrs. Harding and the inscriptions FLORENCE HARDING, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2014, 29th, and 1921 - 1923.

The coin's reverse (tails side) also was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.  The design depicts a torch, pen, camera, and ballot box, and ballots, representing Mrs. Harding's work with veterans, her husband's campaign and voting.  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 July 10, 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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