2016 Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin Photos

by Darrin Lee Unser on December 16, 2015 · 8 comments

Richard M. Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, will be honored in 2016 on a new coin from the United States Mint.

2016-S Proof Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin and die photos

2016-S Proof Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin and die photos

The dollar appears as part of the Presidential $1 Coin series which debuted in 2007 and has paid tribute to deceased and former commander in chiefs in the order in which they served. This program ends next year with three new coins — the first for Nixon and last two for Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan.

We recently stopped by the U.S. Mint’s facility in San Francisco where proof versions of coins are made for collectors. These editions showcase frosted designs and mirror-like backgrounds. We were fortunate in getting to see and photograph proof Nixon dollars and the dies used to strike them. Here are some photos of the proof dollar:

2016-S Proof Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin

2016-S Proof Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin, b 2016-S Proof Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin, c
2016-S Proof Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin, a 2016-S Proof Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin, d

The U.S. Mint only recently announced design details of the Nixon Presidential $1 Coin. United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart created the portrait found on the coin’s obverse or heads side. Inscriptions around the effigy include RICHARD M. NIXON, 37TH PRESIDENT, 1969-1974 and IN GOD WE TRUST.

Reverses off all Presidential dollars share Everhart’s rendition of the Statue of Liberty. Surrounding it are the inscriptions of $1 and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Edge inscriptions read E PLURIBUS UNUM, 2016 and a mint mark.

To strike the coins, the U.S. Mint uses hardened dies. These dies are produced at the Philadelphia Mint and finished by talented artists at the San Francisco Mint, giving them the attributes to create the collector grade coins produced there. (See how the SF Mint prepares dies.) A couple photos of Nixon dies appear below.

2016-S Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin Die

2016-S Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin Die, a 2016-S Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin Die, d
2016-S Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin Die, b 2016-S Richard M. Nixon Presidential $1 Coin Die, c

Also, see photos of Gerald R. Ford Presidential $1 Coins. An official unveiling of the Ronald Reagan dollar will not be offered until February 6, 2016, the 105th anniversary of his birth.

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Joe C. December 16, 2015 at 11:46 am

This is not a good likeness of Nixon.

Whistler December 16, 2015 at 1:37 pm

Looks like a ‘hit job’ on Nixon’s likeness (& I was no fan….but..) but @ least they did not give him a runny nose…

Vic Pers December 16, 2015 at 1:42 pm

I wonder if there would be a market for this coin, considering what he did while serving as president.

Broadwing December 16, 2015 at 2:08 pm

This is not a reverse proof? Doesn’t look like it so I presume 2015 was the only year for those, if so they should mature into a healthy premium as time goes by as there would only be 4 dollars with the RP format.

Richard December 16, 2015 at 2:24 pm

The side view is trying to make him look presidential. I guess that’s better than a full frontal picture; my grandmother always said she liked his “little beady eyes.”

Frankovich December 16, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Isn’t this a depiction of Bob Hope?

Seth Riesling December 16, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Frankovich –

You are so right ! Bob Hope’s lost twin brother. Lol. This is the new U.S. Mint “Dick Dollar”

-NumisDudeTX

Vic Pers December 17, 2015 at 12:14 pm

Only his NOSY nose looks like Bobby’s..

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