Have you heard about it? Starting next year, a series of circulating “golden” dollar coins will begin, eventually featuring all US presidents. Mint director Edmund Moy gushes over them:
“These designs are beautiful and so eye-catching that a lot of Americans are going to do a double take when they get them in their change the first time.”
If you say so.
The US Mint shows and tells you about the design, which will include these features:
- Each year will feature four presidents. By the time we get to late 20th century/21st century presidents, the office holder must be deceased for two years before appearing on a future coin.
- The date, mint mark, and mottos E Pluribus Unum and In God We Trust have been moved to the edge of the coin.
- In place of the word, “Liberty” a bottom-up angled view of the New Jersey statue will grace the reverse side of the coin.
The mint also has another companion series starting up:
In addition to its recognition of the Presidents on $1 coins, the United States is honoring the First Spouses through the issuance of uncirculated and proof one-half ounce 24-karat gold $10 coins emblematic of the spouse of each President during that President’s term of service. The United States Mint will issue these coins under the same yearly release schedule as their corresponding Presidential $1 coins. These 24-karat gold coins generally will have an obverse image of the First Spouse and a reverse image symbolic of that particular First Spouse’s life and work.
I notice that two-termer Grover Cleveland gets two coins because of his non-consecutive terms. I can’t applaud that development, even if he was a New Yorker. He was the 22nd president. And according to the series, he was the 24th president. But it might be more accurate to say he was the 22nd man to be president, put both his terms on one coin, and list William McKinley, his second successor, as the 24th man to be president.
The only upside to this I see is that Frances Folsom Cleveland will appear on two gold coins, instead of just one.
I plan on collecting those two.