Sales of the 2009 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set begin Tuesday, February 10, at noon ET, the United States Mint said in a statement Tuesday.
The Presidential Dollar Proof Set has now approached its third year of issue, with the first set released in 2007 when the $1 coin series began.
The annual 4-coin proof collection has proven to be popular with collectors, although the circulating $1 coin versions have had less success with a public who mostly prefers using dollar bills. The latest Mint sales figures indicate 869,202 of the 2008-dated sets — which will be discontinued with the release of the new sets — have been sold.
Each of the presidential coins has a common reverse while the obverse, or heads side, bears a portrait honoring a past President. The 2009 set includes four presidential proof coins featuring:
William Henry Harrison – 9th President, sculpted and designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna.
John Tyler – 10th President, designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.
James K. Polk – 11th President, designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles Vickers.
Zachary Taylor – 12th President, designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.
The US Mint provides the following proof coin description:
The term "proof" refers to a manufacturing process in which specially treated coin blanks are struck multiple times with specially polished dies to create a brilliant, sharp relief and mirror-like background. A frosted, sculpted foreground gives the proof coin a special "cameo" effect.
These coins have the "S" mintmark, showing they were produced at the United States Mint at San Francisco.
Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set price and order information
The set is priced at $14.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. The Mint said no order limits are in place. When available, they may be purchased online through the Mint page:
Or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468).
Presidential Dollar release schedule
The presidential dollars are part of a multi-year program that was authorized by the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145) and features four new obverse designs annually.
The 2009 Presidential $1 Coin Designs were released in late 2008. The William Henry Harrison Presidential $1 Coin will begin circulating in public change on February 19. The latest Mint product schedule shows a release timeline of Spring, Summer and Fall for the second, third and fourth 2009 $1 coins.
The series is scheduled to go through at least to year 2016, with the coins by year:
Schedule and release order for each Presidential $1 Coin