Presidential Dollar Coins (2007-2016): Little-Known Facts + A List Of All U.S. President Dollar Coins And Their Release Dates



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The Presidential dollar coins were struck from 2007 to 2016.

NOTE: From 2012 to 2016 Presidential dollar coins were minted only for collectors and not released into circulation. Therefore, 2011 is the last time U.S. dollar coins have been minted for circulation.

The U.S Mint produced these $1 coins — each with the face of one of our former presidents.

Four coins came out each year until all former presidents (non-living) were minted on U.S. $1 coins.

Presidential dollar coins were struck from 2007 through 2016.

Here’s more about President $1 coins, plus info about the related First Spouse $10 gold coins…

 

Facts About Presidential Gold Coins

  • These coins are identical to the size and weight of the Sacagawea dollar coin.
  • Although they are gold in color, they have no gold in them. The composition of Presidential dollar coins includes a pure copper core with an outer layer of 77% copper, 12% zinc, 7% manganese, and 4% nickel. It’s this unique combination of metals which gives the dollar coins their golden color.
  • The front of the dollar coins depict a former President of the U.S. along with the years they served in office.
  • Only one depiction for each president was made — regardless of how many terms they served — with the sole exception of Grover Cleveland, who received a different depiction on 2 separate coins since he served 2 non-consecutive terms.
  • President $1 coins contain the date, motto, and mintmark on the edge of the coin.
  • All of the Presidential dollar coins share a same reverse that depicts a view of The Statue of Liberty and reads United States of America.

This is the President James Monroe presidential dollar coin.

 

President Dollar Coin Errors

If you happened to grab up some Presidential dollars when they first came out in 2007, be sure to examine the edges of those coins.

Washington and John Adams were the first 2 in the series to be released — and there was an error on some of those coins. They didn’t receive the edge lettering and became known as the plain edge Presidential dollar or Godless dollar coins.

If you’re lucky enough to have one of these (there are quite a few), they have been known to sell on eBay for $100 or more.

Beware of rip-offs!

Here’s more about the $1 George Washington error coins.

And here’s how to detect fake Godless dollars.

Notice the engraving of words on the edge of the Presidential Dollar Coins.

 

A List Of All U.S. Presidential Dollar Coins

This list shows of all the U.S. Presidents, in order of heir presidency — showing the years they served in office and the date the coins released by the U.S. Mint:

 

2007 Presidential Dollars

#1 – George Washington, 1789-1797
#2 – John Adams, 1797-1801
#3 – Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809
#4 – James Madison, 1809-1817

 

2008 Presidential Dollars

#5 – James Monroe, 1817-1825
#6 – John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829
#7 – Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837
#8 – Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841

 

2009 Presidential Dollars

#9 – William Henry Harrison, 1841
#10 – John Tyler, 1841-1845
#11 – James K. Polk, 1845-1849
#12 – Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850

 

2010 Presidential Dollars

#13 – Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853
#14 – Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857
#15 – James Buchanan, 1857-1861
#16 – Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865

 

2011 Presidential Dollars

#17 – Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869
#18 – Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877
#19 – Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881
#20 – James A. Garfield, 1881

 

2012 Presidential Dollars

#21 – Chester A, Arthur, 1881-1885
#22 – Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889
#23 – Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893
#24 – Grover Cleveland, 1893-1897

 

2013 Presidential Dollars

#25 – William McKinley, 1897-1901
#26 – Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909
#27 – William H. Taft, 1909-1913
#28 – Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921

 

2014 Presidential Dollars

#29 – Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923
#30 – Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929
#31 – Herbert C. Hoover, 1929-1933
#32 – Franklin D. Roosevelt,1933-1945

 

2015 Presidential Dollars

#33 – Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953
#34 – Dwight Eisenhower, 1953-1961
#35 – John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963
#36 – Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969

 

2016 Presidential Dollars

#37 – Richard M. Nixon, 1969-1974
#38 – Gerald R. Ford, 1974-1977
#39 – James E. Carter, Jr., 1977-1981
#40 – Ronald W. Reagan, 1981-1989

 

presidential-dollar-coin-album.jpgTIP: If you are collecting all of the Presidential dollar coins, you might want to consider a nice Presidential $1 coin folder (or album) to place your U.S. President dollars in for safe keeping.

Here are 10 of the most valuable U.S. president dollar coins.

 

First Spouse Coins Coincided With The Presidential Dollar Coin Series

Interestingly, another related presidential coin set called the First Spouse gold coins program ran from 2007 to 2016, as well.

First spouse coins are $10 coins made with 1/2 oz. of pure .9999 gold each.

The front (obverse) of these First Spouse coins bears a portrait of the First Lady.

This is the Betty Ford $10 gold coin released as part of the First Spouse coin program - obverse     This is the Betty Ford $10 gold coin released as part of the First Spouse coin program - reverse

The back (reverse) is unique for each one, depicting images from that spouse’s life and work.

Each First Spouse gold coin was released concurrently — at the same time as their husband’s President coin.

There were a few presidents who served terms without a First Spouse (such as Andrew Jackson). When the Andrew Jackson dollar coins was released, the coin for the First Spouse program at that time depicted an image of Lady Liberty and the reverse contained depictions from President Jackson’s life.

See how much Presidential dollars are worth today.

Jay

I have been collecting and trading coins for years. Coin collecting is a hobby for me, and I've done a lot of research about coins through the years.

12 thoughts on “Presidential Dollar Coins (2007-2016): Little-Known Facts + A List Of All U.S. President Dollar Coins And Their Release Dates

  1. Hello,
    I had a question. an american tourist gave me a Dollar coin but I can’t find this type on internet. on one side it has a president on profile, I think it is Hoover and above there is written: Liberty. on the other side is the american eagle with the text: united states of America; e pluribus unum; one dollar. they don’t write which president this is. is this a valid dollar coin? how come I can’t find anything about it on internet? I only find the edition with american presidents that look different and anyway Hoover should only come out in the year 2014.

    thanks, Anja de Vries

    1. Hi, Anja —

      So far it sounds valid. What year is yours? What’s the size and color?

      If yours dates from 1971 through 1978, then what you have is a Dwight Eisenhower dollar coin. These are legal tender in the United States, though they have not been in used in regular circulation for some 30 years now. For collectors in the states, these coins are worth around $1 to $1.25 USD if worn — face value or a nominal amount above.

      I’ll be happy to help further if you need any more assistance!

  2. Hello, I was wondering if you could help me. I work as a cashier and I found a 2007 George Washington two-tone dollar coin and I switched it out so I could keep it. I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve tried researching it online but to no avail. One of the most unique things about it is that on the back, where the statue of liberty holds her thing with fire, it looks like there’s a diamond or some kind of white stone embedded. I’m thinking maybe it’s not worth much, but I wanted to learn more about it!Thanks,Kathy

    1. Hi, Krodri —

      That’s definitely NOT something the U.S. Mint did. It sounds like that dollar coin got into the hands of a crafty individual or, perhaps, a company that altered the coin and added the diamond (probably a rhinestone). It sounds like a neat coin to hang onto, but it really has no value as a numismatic piece. It may, however, have some value in the jewelry market.

  3. I have a herbrert hoover coin with his name and it has that he was the 31st president 1929-1933 and on the back it has his name anain with his birthplace on it and that he was a republican. I dont know if this is a coin or a metal it is shaped like a fifty cent piece.

    1. Hi, Bradley —

      Is this your coin? http://cgi.ebay.com/Token-Charms-Candy-Pres-Herbert-Hoover-/380251970821?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5888c89d05

      Listed for $8 with free shipping, it must be worth around $5 to $6 or so. This is actually a token and not a coin made by the U.S. Mint.

  4. I have came a cross a 2007 john Adams coin with no gold platingit looks identical to all the other john Adams coins its just not plated
    Why?

  5. Apparently another “little known fact”, at least to this site, is that in order for a President to appear on a Presidential dollar, that President must have been deceased at least two years before the coin is minted. I see you have a few Presidents that are still living in your list of coins that will be produced in the coming two years. I guess their impending death is another little known fact? Please get your facts before you post something on the internet.

    1. Hello, Jeff –

      While I didn’t write this older article and therefore can’t speak for the resources used when it was written, I appreciate your pointing this out.

      Thank you for checking out the post!
      -Josh

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