For the collectors who have been anticipating the arrival of the 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set, today is the day. Available for $14.95, it’s the last U.S. Mint set with uncirculated coins wholly dedicated to United States presidents.
The Mint’s series of Presidential dollars debuted in 2007 and has honored four deceased presidents every year since. The program is now in its tenth and final year.
Instead of the traditional four $1 coins, this year’s set holds three with each in collector uncirculated quality. The dollars feature obverse (heads side) portraits of former commander-in-chief’s Reagan, Ford and Nixon. Inscriptions near the rim of the coins and the designers/sculptors of the portraits include:
RICHARD M. NIXON, IN GOD WE TRUST, 37th PRESIDENT and 1969-1974. Designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.
GERALD R. FORD, IN GOD WE TRUST, 38th PRESIDENT and 1974-1977. Designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.
RONALD REAGAN, IN GOD WE TRUST, 40th PRESIDENT and 1981-1989. Designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
In total, the uncirculated set actually has six coins with pairings of three from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia Mint and three are from U.S. Mint in Denver. These are the same facilities that produce coins for circulation. Those in the set, however, are made for collectors. As described by the Mint, uncirculated coins:
"Are hand-loaded into the coining press and struck on specially burnished blanks, yet have a soft, matt-like finish appearance. These coins: Are made like circulating coins (which are used every day as money), but with a special process that produces a brilliant finish. Come with an official Certificate of Authenticity."
All six coins are held within a durable folder that offers short biographies and portraits of the presidents. They are also inside rotatable blisters for easy viewing and protection.
Dollar reverses share Don Everhart’s rendition of the Statue of Liberty with inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and $1 for the denomination.
Another trait that is common to dollar coins is letterings that are incused along their edges. They include E PLURIBUS UNUM, the year of issuance and a ‘P’ or’ D’ mint mark to denote where they were made. The edges of the coins are visible through the set’s protective blisters.
Those who are interested may order the 2016 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated Set straight from the U.S. Mint’s website. The agency’s Presidential products are located online here. Another ordering option is to call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-64680).
Sets from 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 are still sold by the Mint. They have sales of 84,651; 99,743; 60,898; and 53,704. The 2013 set sold out at 75,846.
Collectors may also be interested in the 2016 Presidential $1 Proof Set, which feature dollars with frosted designs and mirror-like backgrounds. (See photos of this set.)