One of United States Mint’s annual series to feature new designs is the 2015 Presidential $1 Coin Program. This series includes portraits of former Presidents of the United States.
As part of the program, four new coins will appear in 2015 and high resolution images of them are now available. The U.S. Mint has also announced their release dates or months. The 2015 Presidential dollars will honor Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Presidential $1 Coins were introduced in 2007 and showcase obverse portraits of the presidents in the order in which they served in office. They are released at a rate of four each year. That will end after 2015 since the series draws to an end in 2016 with coins depicting Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. This year’s release dates include:
|Harry S. Truman||Feb, 5, 2015|
|Dwight D. Eisenhower||April 2015|
|John F. Kennedy||June 2015|
|Lyndon B. Johnson||August 2015|
Congress authorized the $1 coins with the passage of the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005. They are struck to both numismatic and circulation qualities. Since 2012, however, dollar coins no longer released into circulation, halted by the U.S. Treasury Secretary as part of a Campaign to Cut Government Waste, initiated in late 2011. The U.S. Mint now sells circulating-quality dollars within 25-coin rolls, 100-coin bags and 250-coin boxes at prices ranging from $32.95 to $275.95. These dollars are stuck at U.S. Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia.
2015 Presidential $1 Coin Images
Now, without further ado, to follow are high resolution images of the four 2015 Presidential dollars in uncirculated quality. These were crafted from the four selected out of the original 20 design candidates.
Harry S. Truman Presidential $1 Coin
The portrait of Harry S. Truman found on the obverse of the coin was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. Inscriptions around the design include "HARRY S. TRUMAN," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "33rd PRESIDENT" and "1945 – 1953."
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential $1 Coin
United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna created the portrait of Dwight D. Eisenhower. He was also placed in charge of execution. Inscribed on the obverse are "DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "34th PRESIDENT" and "1953 – 1961."
John F. Kennedy Presidential $1 Coin
Don Everhart also completed the portrait of John F. Kennedy on this Presidential $1 coin. The portrait shows the former President looking downward. Inscriptions include "JOHN F. KENNEDY," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "35th PRESIDENT" and "1961 – 1963."
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential $1 Coin
Lyndon B. Johnson’s portrait was designed and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudioso. "LYNDON B. JOHNSON," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "36th PRESIDENT" and "1963 – 1969" are found around the portrait.
$1 Coin Reverse Designs and Edges
All coins of the series bear the same reverse design, depicting a rendition of the Statue of Liberty. It was created and engraved by U.S. Mint artist Don Everhart. Reverse inscriptions include "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" and "$1."
Incused on edges of the dollars are year of issuance, "E PLURIBUS UNUM" and the mint mark. In years 2007 and 2008, the words IN GOD WE TRUST were also on the edge. The motto moved to the obverse beginning in 2009.
For past and upcoming information about $1 coins and related products, visit this site’s section of news about dollar coins.