Throughout the year, I plan to write extensively about the fascinating spouse series. I start with the Jackson "Liberty" (spouse) coin. The story of Andrew Jackson and his beloved wife Rachel is a very special one indeed. I will not go into the details of their relationship here as to not make this narrative too much of an American History class. Suffice it to say, Andrew loved Rachel very much. He engaged in a number of duels to defend her honor and even killed a man in an amazing duel that left Jackson with a bullet lodged a few inches from his heart that was never removed from his body (and he suffered from it throughout his remaining life). So, why is the Jackson coin part of the "Liberty" series and Rachel not on a spouse coin? I won't spoil the great read of what became of Rachel.
When the sales period ended on this coin, the Proof Jackson Liberty showed sales of approximately 7,806 units. I believe that figure was revised downward recently by the U.S. Mint down to 7,684 as this coin's final mintage figure. While this coin may possibly end up the third highest mintage in the four coin proof "Liberty" series, this coin has shown excellent collector support following the closing of its sales period and at the time of this writing has increased in value nearly 50% over the roughly 18 months from its inception. Simply a wonderful design and this author expects no shortage of collector demand in the years ahead for this coin.
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