2011 W Lucretia Garfield PF 70 Ultra Cameo 1/2 Ounce Gold Coin


First Lady, 1881

Lucretia Rudolph Garfield was born on April 19, 1832, in Garrettsville, Ohio. She first met future President “Jim” Garfield when both attended a nearby school, and they renewed their friendship in 1851 as students at the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute. The couple married in 1858.

During the 1880 presidential campaign, James Garfield campaigned from the front porch of Lawnfield, the couple’s summer home in Ohio. Voters came from throughout the country to hear him speak, and Mrs. Garfield was the consummate hostess. In one corner of the property, there was a campaign office equipped with telegraph facilities to receive election returns. She was among the first presidential candidate’s wives to appear on a campaign poster.

The Garfield family arrived at the White House in March 1881. Just two months later, the new first lady became seriously ill with malaria and went to a New Jersey coastal resort to recover. She was there when President Garfield was shot and mortally wounded on July 2.

Mrs. Garfield’s dignity and strength over the next three months gained her wide admiration and sympathy. After the President’s death in September 1881, the family returned to its Ohio farm. She lived for another 36 years and helped preserve her husband’s records.

First Spouse Gold Coins – In 2007, the United States Mint released the first four coins in a series of Gold First Spouse Coins. These Gold coins are the U.S. government’s first 1/2 oz .9999 fine Gold coins and are also the first U.S. Mint commemorative 1/2 oz Gold coins. With a face value of $10, these Gold coins are minted and released annually in the order the First Ladies served in the White House. Each First Spouse Gold Coin will be minted in Uncirculated and Proof conditions and will coincide with the release of the four annual Presidential $1 Coins.

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Lucretia Garfield

First Spouse Coin Series