Today, Dec. 4, the United States Mint at noon ET will release 2020 George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 Coins produced at their Philadelphia and Denver production facilities.
The dollars are struck in an uncirculated collector finish and available in rolls, bags and boxes. Each features an obverse (heads side) portrait honoring the 41st President of the United States.
This coin continues the Mint’s Presidential $1 Coin Program which debuted in 2007. The program saw four issues annually honoring former Presidents of the United States in the order in which they served. The last President to be honored in the series was Ronald Reagan in 2016.
George Herbert Walker Bush was born June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. He served in the Navy as a pilot during World War II before graduating from Yale with a degree in economics. His public service record includes being a member of Congress, Ambassador to the United Nations, and the Director of Central Intelligence. He also served as Vice President of the United States from 1981-1989 under Ronald Reagan before winning the position of commander in chief from 1989-1993.
George H.W. Bush passed away on November 30, 2018, at the age of 94. His inclusion as part of the Presidential $1 Coin series was allowed through the passage of the President George H.W. Bush and First Spouse Barbara Bush Coin Act (Public Law 116-112).
George H.W. Bush Coin Designs and Specifications
The dollar portrait design was selected from among several candidates. It offers a right-facing portrait of Bush as designed by Elana Hagler and sculpted by Joseph Menna.
Inscribed around the likeness is "GEORGE H. W. BUSH," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "41st PRESIDENT," and "1989-1993."
Like other coins in the series, the reverse (tails side) offers an image of the Statue of Liberty as created and sculpted by Don Everhart. Inscriptions read "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA," and "$1."
On the edge, we find inscriptions of the year, "E PLURIBUS UNUM," and mint mark.
Each coin has a composition of 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese and 2% nickel with a weight of 8.1 grams, a diameter of 26.49 mm, or 1.043 inches, and a thickness of 2.0 mm.
Rolls, Bags and Box Bush Coin Options
Bush Presidential dollars are available in six different products. The options are listed, along with their limits and prices, below in the table.
|Presidential $1 Coin 25-Coin Roll – P||25,000||$34.50|
|Presidential $1 Coin 25-Coin Roll – D||25,000||$34.50|
|Presidential $1 Coin 100-Coin Bag – P||2,700||$117.50|
|Presidential $1 Coin 100-Coin Bag – D||2,700||$117.50|
|Presidential $1 Coin 250-Coin Box – P||8,000||$289.75|
|Presidential $1 Coin 250-Coin Box – D||8,000||$289.75|
These products feature packaging that includes the President’s name, the mint of origin and the total face value of the contents.
2020 George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 Coins may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint’s online catalog, right here.
George’s wife, Barbara Bush, was honored with Aug. 20 releases of proof and uncirculated First Spouse Gold Coins. Limited to 3,000 each, their prices are currently $1,285 and $1,265, respectively.
On Dec. 21, the Mint will release their George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 Coin and Barbara Bush Bronze Medal Set for $25 and then sometime in 2021 they will issue their George H.W. Bush Coin and Chronicles Set at a price still to be determined. Each will be limited to 10,000 units.