James Monroe

One of the United States former Presidents will get three commemorative coins if a congressman gets his way. On December 16, 2009, US Rep. Robert J. Wittman of Virginia introduced legislation that would authorized the US Mint to strike commemorative coins in honor of the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe. The James […]

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James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren were honored Presidents showcased in a multitude of United States Mint coin products this year. More are yet to come as the Mint is running the gamut with a stream of new releases to coincide with its 2008 Gift Catalog promotion. Nearly a dozen […]

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The James Monroe United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin and Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse Medal Set is now available for a price of $7.95. The set was released Wednesday, August 6, and includes an uncirculated Monroe Presidential dollar coin and a bronze medal bearing the likeness of the Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse gold coin. James […]

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The United States Mint has announced July 24 as the release date for 2008 Uncirculated Presidential Dollar Coin Sets. The set includes four uncirculated presidential dollars minted in Philadelphia with the "P" mint mark and four uncirculated coins from Denver bearing the "D" mint mark. The 8-coin set is priced at $15.95 and includes this […]

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James Monroe $1 Coin Covers are now available from the United States Mint. These limited edition covers include two Monroe Presidential $1 coins that were minted on the first day of production, January 3, 2008. One dollar is from the Mint’s Denver facility and it will include the "D" mint mark and the other is […]

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The James Monroe Individual Proof $1 Coin is now available through the United States Mint. James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States and the special individual proof coins honoring him are priced at $5.95 each. Unfortunately, the $4.95 standard shipping and handling charge makes the purchase harder to consider unless ordering them […]

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James Monroe Presidential $1 Dollar Coins Enter Circulation, Bags and Rolls for SaleJames Monroe Presidential Dollars were ceremoniously launched yesterday at Ash Lawn-Highland, the estate of the President Monroe.

Today at 12:00 noon (ET), Bags and Rolls of new $1 coins went on sale through the United States Mint and the dollar coins officially entered circulation through banks.

Finding presidential $1 coins in circulation or in banks has proven to be a difficult task in many areas of the U.S. and, although a premium is paid, many coin collectors purchase the coins directly from the United States Mint.

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The first of the four Presidential $1 Coins this year will soon enter banks, stores and public transit systems. The James Monroe Presidential Dollar will be the first coin out of the gate starting on Feb. 14, 2008. However, in a ceremonial release one day prior, Monroe coins will be offered to the public in […]

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2008 Presidential $1 Dollar Coin Proof SetThe United States Mint has announced the sale of the 2008 Presidential $1 Coin Proof Set™. This is the second Presidential Dollar Proof Set since the program started in 2007 and includes four presidential coins honoring:

  • James Monroe
  • John Quincy Adams
  • Andrew Jackson
  • And Martin Van Buren

In regards to the 2008 Presidential Dollar Sets, the U.S. Mint states:

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The 2008 Presidential $1 CoinsThe United States Mint offered up a sneak peek of the four Presidential $1 Coins scheduled for release in 2008.

The next four coins will begin the second year of a decade-long series and make their debut in three month increments with the following presidential order and issue dates:

  • James Monroe on Feb. 14
  • John Quincy Adams on May 15
  • Andrew Jackson on Aug. 14
  • and Martin Van Buren on Nov. 13

The first four Presidential Dollars issued in 2007 had the image of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. According to US Mint coin production figures, the Mint turned out 768,530,000 Presidential $1 Coins in 2007. (The total does not include mintage figures for the last Madison Presidential coin, which was released in November.)

With such high mintage numbers, you would expect the coins to be readily available and used in daily transactions. That Mint desire is a long distance from reality with the Presidential $1 Coins nearly invisible outside the coin collector community.

Mint Director Ed Moy was quoted as saying:

 

“We hope the next four presidential $1 coins will not only jingle in pockets but be spent as well. These coins are convenient. Each presidential $1 coin weighs less than four quarters, and they’re especially useful for vending machines and mass transit."

“We will be working with several local retailers and banks in a concentrated area to facilitate the increased circulation of Presidential $1 Coins. We want to see more of these coins used in daily transactions and given out as change like other denominations.”

 

2008 would seem to be the year the Mint will focus more on the new dollar coin’s compatibility with vending machines, their ease in use with transit systems and getting banks on board to supply them.

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