2012 W Alice Paul PF 70 Ultra Cameo 1/2 Ounce Gold Coin


Administration of President Chester Arthur, 1881—1885

The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145) contains a provision to provide continuity of the First Spouse Gold Coin Program during those times in which a President served without a first spouse. This provision applies to Chester Arthur, whose wife, Ellen Arthur, died before he took office.

In general, the gold coins issued to accompany any President who served without a spouse feature a design emblematic of Liberty on its obverse, as depicted on a U.S. coin issued during the President’s time in office. In the case of Chester Arthur, however, the public law specifies that the obverse (heads side) feature:

“…a design incorporating the name and likeness of Alice Paul, a leading strategist in the suffrage movement, who was instrumental in gaining women the right to vote upon the adoption of the 19th amendment and thus the ability to participate in the election of future Presidents, and who was born on January 11, 1885, during the term of President Arthur;” and that “the reverse [tails] …be representative of the suffrage movement.”

Beginning in the earliest days of the Nation, women sought the right to vote. By 1917, advocates of women’s suffrage, including Alice Paul, were picketing the White House. In January 1918, President Wilson embraced women’s suffrage as a “war measure,” urging Congress to pass legislation authorizing an amendment granting it. The August 26, 1920, ratification of the amendment gave almost one-half of the entire NFirst 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.ation — women — the right to vote.



First Spouse Coin Series