The Presidential Dollar Program has been around since early 2007.
The U.S Mint has been producing one dollar coins — each with the face of one of our former presidents. Four coins are to come out each year until all former presidents (non-living) have been minted on these new dollar coins.
Here’s more about these interesting dollar coins, plus info about the related First Spouse Coin Program…
More About U.S. President Dollar Coins
- These coins are identical to the size and weight of the $1 Sacagawea coin.
- The front of these new dollar coins will of course depict a former president of the U.S. along with their years they served in office.
- All of the Presidential Dollar Coins will share a same reverse that depicts a view of The Statue of Liberty and reads United States of America.
- Only one depiction for each president will be made — no matter how many terms they served — with the sole exception of Grover Cleveland, who will receive a different depiction on 2 separate coins since he served 2 non-consecutive terms.
- These one dollar coins also contain the date, motto, and mintmark, but not where you’re probably used to seeing them on coins. These new dollar coins have those markings on the edge of the coin.
Good News: If you happened to grab up some of these dollar coins when they first came out in 2007, then you may want to examine those edges.
Washington and John Adams were the first 2 to come out and there was an error on some of those coins. They didn’t receive the lettering on the edge — known as the plain edge presidential dollar. If you’re lucky enough to have obtained one of these (there are quite a few), they have been known to sell on eBay for $100 or more.
Beware of rip-offs!… Guide To Collecting The George Washington Presidential Dollar Coin.
All $1 President Coins
The following list shows of all the presidents with the years they served in office and the date they are scheduled to be released as a one dollar coin by the U.S. Mint:
Feb 15, 2007 1. George Washington, 1789-1797
May 17, 2007 2. John Adams, 1797-1801
Aug 16, 2007 3. Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809
Nov 15, 2007 4. James Madison, 1809-1817
Feb 14, 2008 5. James Monroe, 1817-1825
May 15, 2008 6. John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829
Aug 14, 2008 7. Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837
Nov 13, 2008 8. Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841
2009 9. William Henry Harrison, 1841
2009 10. John Tyler, 1841-1845
2009 11. James K. Polk, 1845-1849
2009 12. Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850
2010 13. Milliard Fillmore, 1850-1853
2010 14. Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857
2010 15. James Buchanan, 1857-1861
2010 16. Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865
2011 17. Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869
2011 18. Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877
2011 19. Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881
2011 20. James A. Garfield, 1881
2012 21. Chester A, Arthur, 1881-1885
2012 22. Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889
2012 23. Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
2012 24. Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897
2013 25. William McKinley, 1897-1901
2013 26. Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909
2013 27. William H. Taft, 1909-1913
2013 28. Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921
2014 29. Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923
2014 30. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929
2014 31. Herbert C. Hoover, 1929-1933
2014 32. Franklin D. Roosevelt,1933-1945
2015 33. Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953
2015 34. Dwight Eisenhower, 1953-1961
2015 35. John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963
2015 36. Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969
2016 37. Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1974
2016 38. Gerald R. Ford, 1974-1977
2016 39. James E. Carter, Jr., 1977-1981
2016 40. Ronald W. Reagan, 1981-1989
2017 41. George H.W. Bush, 1989-1993
2017 42. William J. Clinton, 1993-2001
2017 43. George W. Bush, 2001-
Collecting Presidential Dollar Coins
If you are collecting all of the Presidential Dollar Coins, you might want to consider a nice folder or album to place your one dollar coins in for safe keeping.
You can find Presidential Dollar Coins at any bank, if you ask for them. What many people do not know however, is that the U.S. Mint is also producing another similar set of coins that are running concurrent with the Presidential Dollars.
First Spouse Coin Program
The other presidential coin set is called the First Spouse Program. You probably will not find these at most banks however. Spouse Coins are $10 coins made with 1/2 oz. of pure .9999 gold each.
The front (obverse) of these Spouse Coins bear a portrait of the First Spouse and the back (reverse) is unique for each one, depicting images from that spouse’s life and work.
Release dates for the First Spouse Coins are concurrent with their respective husband’s release date for the Presidential Coin Program.
There were a few presidents that served terms without a First Spouse, such as Andrew Jackson. During the time his coin is released the coin for the First Spouse Program will depict an image of Lady Liberty and the reverse will contain depictions from President Jackson’s life.
View all of the Presidential Dollar Coins and First Spouse Coins here.