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An Accessible Type Set

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Mokiechan

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If you are like me, one of your favorite things to collect are type coins, particularly those type coins from the 19th Century.  Well, unbeknownst to many, the Mint recreated some of the most beautiful type coin designs starting in 2007.   These coins were the bronze corollary to the First Spouse series of 1/2 ounce Gold Coins differing in their size and with the mottoes, denomination, and gold content information removed.  The reason they exist is because the President at the time of his Presidency had no spouse.  The enabling legislation specified that in the absence of a spouse, a symbol of Liberty, at the time of the President's term, would be used in place of a spouse. 

So if you want a pristine set of Nineteenth Century coin design, at least the obverses, then these bronze beauties are the way to go.  I assembled the whole set for approximately $40.  I wish the Mint would have done Silver versions but I am happy with what they provided. 


2007  
Thomas Jefferson's Liberty (1801-1809)
Draped Bust  -  Gilbert Stuart/Robert Scot

1/2 Dime to Dollar   


2008
Andrew Jackson's Liberty (1829-1837)
Capped Bust - John Reich

1/2 Dime to Half Dollar
Martin Van Buren's Liberty (1837-1841)
Liberty Seated - Christian Gobrecht

1/2 Dime to Dollar


2010
James Buchanan's Liberty (1857-1861)

Coronet Head - Christian Gobrecht
Gold Coins- Quarter Eagle, Half Eagle, and Eagle

 

Reference:  A Guide Book of United States Coins, 2020 EditionFirst Spouse Bronze Medals - http://firstspousegoldcoin.com/first-spouse-bronze-medals/

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That is a fantastic idea that has not been lost on me. I have collected the gold Liberty's of this series, the first spouse medal and presidential dollar cards that I left in the original mint packaging, plus a complete set of the bronze medals to be mounted in a Dansco album. I bought generic Dansco pages about the same diameter as the medals and bound them together in a generic Dansco album. I think I got the best of all worlds in this package. Every once in a while I pull the album off the shelf to look at the medals as I page through the album. Since the medals have been in my album for quite some time, I have noticed that some of them are becoming attractively album toned. I bought the medals and the sets directly from the mint. The medals came in a annual package of about four or five.

Gary

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18 hours ago, gherrmann44 said:

That is a fantastic idea that has not been lost on me. I have collected the gold Liberty's of this series, the first spouse medal and presidential dollar cards that I left in the original mint packaging, plus a complete set of the bronze medals to be mounted in a Dansco album. I bought generic Dansco pages about the same diameter as the medals and bound them together in a generic Dansco album. I think I got the best of all worlds in this package. Every once in a while I pull the album off the shelf to look at the medals as I page through the album. Since the medals have been in my album for quite some time, I have noticed that some of them are becoming attractively album toned. I bought the medals and the sets directly from the mint. The medals came in a annual package of about four or five.

Gary

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18 hours ago, gherrmann44 said:

That is a fantastic idea that has not been lost on me. I have collected the gold Liberty's of this series, the first spouse medal and presidential dollar cards that I left in the original mint packaging, plus a complete set of the bronze medals to be mounted in a Dansco album. I bought generic Dansco pages about the same diameter as the medals and bound them together in a generic Dansco album. I think I got the best of all worlds in this package. Every once in a while I pull the album off the shelf to look at the medals as I page through the album. Since the medals have been in my album for quite some time, I have noticed that some of them are becoming attractively album toned. I bought the medals and the sets directly from the mint. The medals came in a annual package of about four or five.

Gary

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I happen to think it's one of the best sets the mint came out with. Today everything is value how much is it woth? You can't open a hobby magazine without gold gold expensive coins. That's great there is nothing wrong with it. But value to me is beauty also something that makes you smile when you open the book. That's what this set does. It catches your eye to me that's value. Thanks bringing this set to our attention. Mike.

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It's interesting that there could have been one more Liberty in the series as President Arthur was a widower during his Presidency.  But for reasons unknown to me, they chose to place suffragette Alice Paul on the obverse of President Arthur's first spouse coin.  We could have had Liberty from Morgan's Silver Dollar.  

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