In accordance with the authorizing legislation for the First Spouse Gold Coin Program, a $10 gold coin will be issued for Alice Paul and the Suffrage Movement. This issue will represent the 21st President Chester Arthur, who served in office without a spouse during a single term from 1881 to 1885.
Alice Paul was a leading strategist in the suffrage movement, which ultimately resulting in women obtaining the right to vote with the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. She was born on January 15, 1885, during the Presidential term of President Chester Arthur.
The obverse design of the Alice Paul Suffragist Gold Coin will feature her portrait, with inscriptions indicating her name, the word "Suffragist", the motto "In God We Trust", "Liberty", and the date of issue. The reverse design depicts her participating in a marching event within the suffrage movement, carrying an American flag and wearing a banner "Votes for Women". Inscriptions around the outer edge include "United States of America", "E Pluribus Unum", the legal tender face value, and the weight and purity of the gold content. Both the obverse and reverse were designed and sculpted by Susan Gamble.
The final design selections were announced by the United States Mint in April 2012, however the release of the coins was delayed due to striking problems. Although a release date still has not been established, the Mint has committed to minting and issuing the coins before the close of the calendar year.
The maximum mintage across proof and uncirculated versions of the coin will be 13,000. This represents a reduction of 2,000 from the maximum mintage levels established for the prior year coins. Pricing for the coins will be determined based on the market price of gold during the period of availability.
Alice Paul First Spouse Coin Specifications
Mint: West Point (W)
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)