One of the great values in coin series with ongoing themes and multi-year designs, like the Presidential $1 coins, is the educational value they can provide.
The release of the John Quincy Adams coin this month honors his life, and just as importantly, is a learning opportunity. Like now. What many people may not know is that John Quincy Adams suffered a stroke on the floor of the House of Representatives in 1848. He died from that stroke two days later.
How many people knew or remembered that from their day’s in high school? Likely, few. But now more can.
Further and better, May is National Stroke Awareness month, and the release of the new John Quincy Adams $1 coin can help that awareness. Jim Baranski, Executive Director and CEO of National Stroke Association said it best:
"We are so pleased to join with the U.S. Mint during the release of this coin because it once again helps us to bring the issue of stroke to the forefront of the nation and empower stroke survivors, caregivers and the general public to prevent stroke and take emergency action when stroke occurs."
Baranski went on to say,
“So much has changed in the world of stroke, especially in the past three years. We now have an easy FAST way to recognize stroke symptoms and stroke center hospitals that specialize in the latest stroke care…"
FAST is an acronym that helps teach everyone to recognize the symptoms of stroke. It stands for:
F = FACE – Ask the person to smile, does one side of the face droop?
A= ARM – Ask the person to hold both arms outstretched, does one arm drift downward?
S= SPEECH – Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, does the speech sound slurred?
T= TIME – If anyone experiences any of these symptoms, time to call 9-1-1 and ask to be taken to the nearest stroke center hospital
Will more people learn about FAST because of John Quincy Adams and the new $1 coin? For sure.
With the circulating release of the Quincy Adams dollar coin Thursday, 250-coin bags and 25-coin rolls will also be available for purchase directly from the U.S. Mint. Current Presidential products by the Mint may be found at:
Orders may also be placed via the Mint’s toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).