John Tyler Presidential $1 Coins were ceremoniously launched Tuesday at Sherwood Forest Plantation, the home of President Tyler, and the United States Mint officially released the dollars into circulation Thursday. Tyler 25-coin rolls are now available directly from the Mint for $35.95.
The coin is the second Presidential Dollar of 2009, the 10th issued to honor US Presidents, and the second to include "IN GOD WE TRUST" on the obverse, or heads side of the coin. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008 mandated the motto move from the edge, as depicted on 2007 and 2008 $1 coins, to its now more prominent face location.
Designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill, the obverse or heads side of the coin features an image of John Tyler and the inscriptions "John Tyler", "10th President", "In God We Trust", and "1841-1845." Incused on the coin’s edge are the inscriptions 2009, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the mint of origin (P or D). The reverse bears Don Everhart’s depiction of the Statue of Liberty that was introduced with the series in 2007.
"The John Tyler Presidential $1 Coin is the 10th coin issued by the United States Mint to honor those who have served in our Nation’s highest office," United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart said at the launch ceremony.
"Americans will be reminded of President Tyler’s contributions each time they use the coin, and we hope that will be often. The Presidential $1 Coins are convenient to use for everyday commerce and 100 percent recyclable. They also are great teaching tools."
Tyler, trained as lawyer served in political offices in his home state of Virginia, as well as in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Then, in 1840, he became the vice presidential running mate of William Henry Harrison, known as "Old Tippecanoe" for his victory at the Battle of Tippecanoe. Harrison and Tyler used the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!," a move that helped to propel them to victory.
Harrison would only serve as president for 32 days before dying in office. Presidential succession had not been tested up to this point, and Tyler became the first man to assume the Presidency upon the death of his predecessor. He became known by enemies as "His Accidency", a term that did not stop him from performing his duties as he saw them.
President Tyler supported Texas statehood, and signed the bill annexing Texas three days before leaving office after his defeat in the election of 1844.
Tyler Presidential Dollar rolls from US Mint
The US Mint is now selling 25-coin rolls of Tyler Presidential Dollars from either Philadelphia or Denver for $35.95, plus shipping and handling. Roll packaging includes the mint designation, total face value ($25) and United States Mint logo.
To order the rolls, visit the Mint’s online store at:
They are also available by calling the Mint’s toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-321-MINT (6468).
2009 Presidential Dollar Proof Sets went on sale Feb, 10 for the price of $14.95.