The United States Mint today at noon ET shined the spotlight on the latest American to be honored on a $1 coin, President Millard Fillmore — the 13th President of the U.S. and first of four former Presidents to be celebrated in 2010.
The US Mint officially introduced the Fillmore coin in a ceremony in Moravia, New York, at Moravia Central School. $1 coins were released into the banking system for circulation, and 2010 Millard Fillmore Presidential Dollars Rolls are now available from the Mint for $35.95.
Fillmore was born only five miles east of Moravia. He served as the 13th President of the United States from 1850-1853 after assuming the office when President Zachary Taylor passed away. These were tremulous times for the country which was already on the verge of a civil war, postponed by the Compromise of 1850. Fillmore is credited with the 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa effectively ending the isolationism of Japan.
"Each new Presidential $1 Coin is an opportunity to learn the stories of men like Millard Fillmore, who served in our Nation’s highest office," said Deputy Director Brunhart at the release ceremony.
The Fillmore dollar ceremony was co-hosted by the Mint and the Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society. Children 18 years of age and under received a free, shiny new $1. Adults exchanged dollar bills for the coins.
The public at large can now order specially Mint-wrapped $25 Mint rolls containing either Denver or Philadelphia struck dollars for $35.95, plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. Information for each may be found at:
Customers may also place orders by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468).
Don Everhart designed the portrait of Millard Fillmore that is featured on the obverse or heads side. It also includes the inscriptions "MILLARD FILLMORE," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "13TH PRESIDENT" and "1850-1853."
For more information on the coin, to include specifications, see Fillmore Presidential Dollar. For upcoming releases this year, to include dollar coins honoring Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and Abraham Lincoln, see 2010 Presidential Dollar release dates.