9th Presidential Dollar Coin: William Henry Harrison

W-H-Harrison-Obverse.jpgThe 3rd year of the Presidential dollar program has begun.

To kick off the year, the U.S. Mint released a dollar coin which honors our nation’s 9th president: William Henry Harrison.

See what’s different about the presidential coins in 2009…



Controversy: In God We Trust

Coin enthusiasts will probably notice a big difference between the Presidential dollars being issued this year, versus those that were minted during 2007 and 2008.

The motto "In God We Trust," which had been placed on the edge of the coin, is now being moved to the obverse (front side) of the coin. It will appear just to the bottom left of the president’s portrait.

The U.S. Mint did this because there have been many people who complained that the Presidential dollars supposedly did not bear the very motto that first appeared on U.S. coins in 1864.

Of course, those who decried the motto’s apparent absence were usually not aware that "In God We Trust" was still on the Presidential dollar (even though it wasn’t as obvious as on most U.S. coins).

Also, there are people who indeed were upset that the motto was not as prominent on the Presidential dollar as it is on other U.S. coins.

With the motto placed on the front of the coin, all controversy about the motto’s placement on the Presidential dollar should now be over.

Presidential-dollar-reverse.jpg The Presidential dollar will continue to feature edge-lettering, "E Pluribus Unum". The year and mint mark of the Presidential dollar can still be found on the edge of the coin.


The Harrison Presidential Dollar

The Harrison Presidential dollar has been engraved by Joseph Menna.

Aside from the relocation of the motto "In God We Trust," the Harrison dollar generally looks much like the other 8 Presidential dollar issues which have already been released.

When Harrison became president in 1841, he was then the oldest person ever to lead our nation. Harrison held that record until 1981, when President Ronald Reagan became the oldest commander-in-chief.

President Harrison sadly did not have long in office, though. President Harrison lived only one month into his presidency before passing away from pneumonia.

The White House website has more about President Harrison’s biography.


Obtaining Harrison Presidential Dollar Coins

Presidential dollars have not been circulating as well as many advocates of the Presidential dollar coin would like.

Still, the Harrison Presidential dollar can be obtained at the following locations:

  • It should be available at your local bank.
  • The Harrison Presidential dollar coin can also be found at some stores which promote dollar coin usage.
  • Another popular place to find dollar coins is through some vending machines — especially those used for transit systems in major cities.
  • Perhaps the surest way to get your hands on the Harrison Presidential dollar coin is to order specimens from a coin dealer or the United States Mint.
  • The Harrison Presidential dollar has been making its way into circulation and coin dealers’ inventory catalogs during these first months of 2009.
  • The U.S. Mint sells rolls and bag quantities of dollar coins. Also, the U.S. Mint has been selling proof versions of Presidential dollar coins since 2007.


Related Information

Presidential dollar coin history

About William Henry Harrison

Presidential $1 coin unveiled to mixed reviews


Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez

My love for coins and numismatics began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of both the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG). I've also been studying meteorology and watching weather patterns for years. I enjoy sharing little-known facts and fun stuff about coins, weather, travel, health, food, and living green.

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