Honoring the 23rd President of the United States of America, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential $1 Coin was released Thursday, August 16, 2012.
The United States Mint is offering the dollars within rolls, bags and boxes.
Benjamin Harrison $1’s are the third of four 2012-dated coins to appear in the Presidential $1 Coin Program. They were preceded this year by releases honoring Chester Arthur and the first non-consecutive term of President Grover Cleveland. A coin honoring Cleveland’s second term will be issued later this year.
This series honors former Presidents in the order in which they served. Four new strikes are released annually until all qualified individuals have been honored.
Presidential $1 Coins Not Struck for Circulation
When the program debuted in 2007, coins were minted and released into general circulation for commerce. That ended with an order from Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner to the U.S. Mint last year, as it was determined that stockpiles of previously struck dollars would be sufficient to meet commercial demand for the foreseeable future.
Accordingly, the U.S. Mint now produces new Presidential $1 Coins only to fill collector demand. These coins are still struck to circulating quality as if destined for commerce.
Benjamin Harrison Presidential $1 Coins are available in rolls, bags and boxes of varying sizes. Buyers have the choice of coins product at the U.S. Mint’s facility in Philadelphia or the one in Denver — the two locations responsible for striking circulating coinage of the United States.
Offered below is a listing of the newly available Benjamin Harrison products and their pricing.
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Dollar Rolls
Containing 25 Harrison circulating quality coins, buyers have the choice of a roll from the Philadelphia or Denver for $32.95.
Each is wrapped with special black and white U.S. Mint wrapping imprinted with "Presidential $1 Coin," "Benjamin Harrison ", "$25," "United States Mint," and "www.usmint.gov." A letter "P" for Philadelphia or "D" for Denver is also printed on the wrapper.
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Dollar Bags
For $111.95, buyers may order 100-coin bags. Imprinted on the bag is "U.S. MINT," "DOLLARS" and $100.00." A label sewn into the closing stitches of the bag indicates""2012," "Presidential $1 Coin," "Benjamin Harrison ," "United States Mint," and either a "P" or "D."
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Dollar Boxes
Those looking for additional quantities have the option of 250- or 500-coin boxes. The 250-coin boxes contain 10 rolls of the strike with twenty-five coins per roll for $275.95.
Containing 20 rolls of the Benjamin Harrison $1 coin, 500-coin boxes are offered for $550.95.
Due to the larger weight of the 500-coin box, the U.S. Mint has added a shipping charge for each at $7.95, in addition to the standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95.
Presidential $1 Coin Design
Shown on the obverse of the dollar is a portrait of the 23rd U.S. President. It was completed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. Surrounding the portrait are the inscriptions of "BENJAMIN HARRISON," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "23rd PRESIDENT" and "1889-1893."
The reverse of every coin in the series contains the same image of the Statue of Liberty as designed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. Reverse inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "$1."
An edge incused inscription indicates "2012," "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and a "P" or a "D" for the mint of origin.
Order Presidential $1 Coin Products Directly from U.S. Mint
2012 Benjamin Harrison Presidential $1 coin rolls, bags and boxes are available from the Mint’s online store through this page.
Orders may also be placed by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468). There are no household ordering limits.
United States Mint Products Containing Benjamin Harrison Dollar
In addition to the aforementioned rolls, bags and boxes of circulating quality Harrison dollars, the U.S. Mint also sales numismatic products containing proof or uncirculated finishes of the coin. These include:
- 2012 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set (released April 24)
- 2012 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set (released May 1)
- 2012 Proof Set (released May 7)
- 2012 Uncirculated Mint Set (released May 21)
- 2012 Silver Proof Set (released June 4)
- 2012 Presidential $1 Four-Coin Sets (released June 26)
- 2012 Harrison $1 Coin Cover (TBD)
- 2012 Harrison Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal Set (TBD)
Harrison Bio Brief
Benjamin Harrison was born on August 20, 1833. He was a grandson of William Henry Harrison who was the ninth President of the United States in 1841. Benjamin attended Farmer’s College near Cincinnati, Ohio before transferring to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he graduated.
Upon graduation, Benjamin began to study law as a legal apprentice and eventually turned to politics. During the American Civil War, he would rise to the rank of Brigadier General which would further help his political ambitions.
He would eventually become a U.S. Senator before being elected as the 23rd President of the United States beginning in 1889. His tenure is most remembered for economic legislation and for being in office when U.S. spending first hit one billion dollars.
Likely owing to worsening economic conditions in the country at the time, Harrison lost re-election to Grover Cleveland, the man he himself defeated four years earlier. At the age of 67, Harrison died of pneumonia on Wednesday, March 13, 1901.
For more on the man, visit his White House background page at http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/benjaminharrison.