About Presidential Dollar Coin Program
The Presidential Dollar series began in the year 2007. It
was authorized under the Presidential Dollar Coin Act which
also includes a mandate to increase the circulation of the
dollar coin. This series follows the format of the very popular
State Quarter series.
Presidential Dollar Designs
Four different designs of Presidential
Dollars are issued each year. The obverse of each
coin features the portrait of a different President,
released in the order served. The reverse of the coin
carries a common design which is a rendition of the Statue
of Liberty. The coins are released at equal intervals
throughout the year. Nearly every release has been
accompanied by some sort of launch ceremony. An impersonator
for the President being honored is often in attendance.
The coins feature special edge lettering. Edge lettering has
not been used on United States coins for some time.
The edge lettering contains the date and mint mark of the coin
as well as two mottoes traditionally included on US coins
"In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum."
Presidential Dollar Series
While the series has spurred some new collections, it has
not had the widespread popularity experienced by the State
Quarter series. Part of the reason is that the dollar coin does
not circulate as much as the quarter dollar coin. The public
awareness of the coin is not as great. Some also don't favor
the dollar coin as they prefer dollar bills.
The series is
scheduled to run until at least 2016. Each deceased President
will eventually be honored. The coins for 2009 include William
Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, and Zachary