Dolley Madison Coin Debut Press Release

MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Becky Bailey, United States Mint, (202) 354-7222 or Greg Hernandez, (202) 354-7207

FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH TO DISPLAY NEW DESIGNS FOR 2008 FIRST SPOUSE GOLD COINS

Director of the United States Mint Ed Moy will join Mrs. Laura Bush in the White House East Room on Monday, November 19 at 9:30 a.m. EST for a ceremony celebrating the First Spouse Gold Coin Program. The collectible First Spouse Gold Coins, inaugurated in 2007, are the first U.S. coin series honoring women. The United States Mint also produces bronze medal duplicates of the First Spouse Gold Coins.

The White House event will mark the debut of the Dolley Madison First Spouse Gold Coin, the fourth coin in the series for 2007. The Dolley Madison First Spouse Gold Coin will be available on November 19, 2007, at noon EST at www.usmint.gov or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT. Director Moy will present all four 2007 First Spouse Gold Coins to the White House.

The designs for next year's First Spouse Gold Coins will be on display.

It will mark the first time the public will see the designs of the 2008 coins honoring Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Adams, Andrew Jackson's Liberty and Martin Van Buren's Liberty. 

The United States is honoring our Nation's First Spouses by issuing collectible one-half ounce pure gold coins featuring their images, in the order that they served. The First Spouse Gold Coins are the companion coins to the circulating Presidential $1 Coins, also inaugurated this year. The 2007 First Spouse Gold Coins have featured Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson's Liberty and Dolley Madison. President Jefferson's wife, Martha, died in 1782, 19 years before he took office, so a rendering of Liberty as represented on a coin of his time was used. The same honor will be afforded to Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren in 2008. The First Spouse Gold Coins have a denomination of $10, but their 24-karat gold content is worth considerably more than that.

What: White House ceremony to celebrate the First Spouse Gold Coin Program

Who: Mrs. Laura Bush

United States Mint Director Ed Moy

5th grade student from Pearl Sample Elementary School in Culpeper, Va.

First Lady Dolley Madison (Re-enactor Lucinda Frailly, Education Director, National First Ladies’ Library, Canton, Ohio)

When: Monday, November 19, 2007, 9:30 a.m. EST

Where: East Room, White House

OPEN PRESS

Pre-set for electronic media is 8:00 a.m. EST All media will be escorted from the West Wing driveway to East Room at 9:00 a.m.

Throw: 35 feet

Lighting:  TV quality

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Note: Members of the media interested in attending the event who do not have a White House Press Credential must fax his or her name (as it appears on his or her driver's license), Social Security number and date of birth on company letterhead to (202) 456-1523 no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, November 16, 2007. For additional credentialing or logistical questions, please call Mrs. Bush's Press Office at (202) 456-6313.

On the Internet:

United States Mint
http://www.usmint.gov/

United States Mint First Spouse Gold Coins http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/firstSpouse/