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Problems Delay First Spouse Coins
By Numismatic News
September 20, 2013

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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It’s October. Do you know where your 2013 First Spouse coins are?

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Collectors are asking the same question as they did last year and once again the answer for the late debut of the gold half-ounce coins is due to striking problems.

Tom Jurkowsky, Mint director of public affairs said, “The reason for the delay in bringing this year’s First Spouse gold coins to market is due to a problem that we refer to as ‘finning.’ Because gold is a very soft metal, it can be very difficult to deal with. When the coins are pressed, excess metal can build up on the coin’s edges. This, in turn, causes an effect that we refer to as ‘bottle capping.’ The production team is working through this problem, and we are confident we will be able to resolve the issue.”

And as in 2012, when the designs become available, the Mint may offer them in fairly rapid fire sequence.

There are five coins this year because Woodrow Wilson had two wives.

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On September 24, 2013 Ali said
Isn't the gold just as "soft" for all the other gold coins that the mint produces?

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