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United States 2007-D Thomas Jefferson $1 Presidential Dollar BU

United States 2007-D Thomas Jefferson $1 Presidential Dollar BU

Manufacturer: United States
SKU: 10559
Price: $4.95
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Thomas Jefferson, #3 in the Presidential Dollars series, with all of its new and unique features, at a bargain price!

JeffersonbyPeale.jpgThomas Jefferson is the third of our presidents to be honored on this new dollar series from the United States Mint. Each Presidential Dollar will only be minted for a few weeks, then be available for a short period thereafter, before the next one in the series is released and the previous one is discontinued.

Availability
The 2007-D Presidential Dollars are currently available! We also have these dollars by the roll and in unopened boxes of 1000 coins. These are the lowest prices we have seen anywhere for these soon-to-be sold out coins! Please click on the link below to see them all.

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2007 Washington $1 Lotsa Dollars!.jpgImportant Note! Each Presidential Dollar will be minted for a very limited time and will be made available for only about 13 weeks during its year of issue. This limited window of opportunity seems almost intentionally designed to make them difficult to collect, as most people will not have even heard of each new release (much less had the chance to acquire it) before it is no longer being minted and distributed. Order yours today!

Error Report
Even though these new dollars were just released, there are already several confirmed reports of errors, including:
     • Edge lettering completely missing!
     • Double edge lettering! The coins went through the edge-lettering machine twice.
     • "Atheist", or at least "agnostic", dollars! These "Godless" dollars are missing the legend "In God We Trust" on the edge.

Jefferson by Peale #2Thomas Jefferson
Born in Virginia in 1743, Thomas Jefferson was an excellent student with a keen intellect. He studied numerous classical and modern subjects in school (including violin), graduating William & Mary College with honors after only two years! He was only 14 when his father died, leaving him a large estate that he would later name Monticello.

Jefferson was not a skilled orator (he had a slight lisp), but made up for these shortcomings with his writing prowess. He was a multi-talented author, and as the unanimous choice to head the the five-man drafting committee, was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. A true Renaissance Man, Jefferson's erudite writings established him as one of our foremost Founding Fathers and helped shape the American Democracy that we know today.

Jefferson was also a prolific legislator, serving in the new Virginia House of Delegates during the American Revolutionary War. Over a three-year period he drafted 126 different bills, which at a state level established many of the principles that would later be found in the Bill of Rights, including laws to abolish primogeniture, establish freedom of religion, and streamline the judicial system. After the Revolution Jefferson served in the important post of Ambassador to France from 1785-89.

During George Washington's first term in office (1789-93), Jefferson served as his Secretary of State, our nation's first. He grew tired of Federalist policies, and along with James Madison founded the rival Democratic-Republican Party. At the head of this party he ran for President in 1796, but lost to John Adams by three electoral votes. He therefore served Adams as Vice-President, as the Constitution then called for the runner-up in the Electoral College voting to fill this role. In a rematch in 1800, Jefferson won the Presidency and served two terms.

During his tenure as President, Jefferson did much to establish the monetary laws of the United States, including authorizing the U.S. Mint to remain in Philadelphia, instituting statue punishments for counterfeiters, and legalizing certain foreign currencies that already circulated widely within the United States, such as the Spanish 8 reales, the fabled milled (or pillar) dollar. In 1819 Jefferson founded the University of Virginia, the first non-religiously-affiliated (that is, purely secular) institution of higher education in the United States, in keeping with his belief in the separation of church and state. He put his architectural skills to good use in planning the campus, with its revolutionary design.

On July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence (of which he was the primary author), Jefferson passed away, deeply in debt. In one of history's greatest coincidences, John Adams, Jefferson's great political rival - and later friend and correspondent - would die only a few hours later, on the exact same day, Independence Day. Jefferson was buried at Monticello, which was subsequently sold to help pay off his enormous debts. His epitaph, written by him with an insistence that only his words and "not a word more" be inscribed, reads:

HERE WAS BURIED THOMAS JEFFERSON
AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE
OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

For a photographic presentation on the designing and minting of the first Presidential Dollar, please click here.

Special Features
There are several novel features on the Presidential Dollar coins. For example, the denomination is given as "$1" on the reverse, instead of the traditional "Dollar". Other features include:

Presidential Portrait
The obverse of each coin features a portrait of the president, the order in which he served, and the dates of his term in office. Grover Cleveland, the only president to serve two non-continuous terms, will be honored on two different coins.

2007 Washington $1 4-Coin Edge Stack.jpgEdge Lettering
In order to allow more space on both the obverse and reverse for the designs, a special act of Congress permits several of the required legends to be moved to edge. These inscriptions are incuse. The edge lettering of each Presidential Dollar coin includes:
    • In God We Trust
    • E Pluribus Unum
    • The year of issue
    • The mint mark
This is the first time edge lettering has been used on a United States coin since 1932.

Statue of Liberty
The word "Liberty" does not appear anywhere on the Presidential Dollar coins, unlike all other circulating U.S. coins. Instead this quintessentially American value is represented by the depiction of the Statue of Liberty on the reverse. For a short history of Lady Liberty, please see the article lower on this page.

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Obverse

A portrait of Thomas Jefferson, with his name, the legend 3RD PRESIDENT, and the dates of his term in office, 1801-1809.

Reverse
A portrait of the Statue of Liberty, with her torch of freedom held high aloft. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination also appear.

Specifications
Country United States of America
Year of Issue 2007
Issuing Authority     United States Mint
   
Face Value One Dollar
Weight 8.1 g
Diameter 26.5 mm
 
Finish Brilliant Uncirculated
Composition Manganese/Bronze Alloy Layered over Copper Core
.885 Copper, .06 Zinc, .035 Magnesium, .02 Nickel
Edge Plain, with edge lettering
Artist Joseph Menna (obverse)
  Don Everhart (reverse)

The Statue of Liberty
Statue of LibertyLiberty Enlightening the World, known more commonly as the Statue of Liberty, was given to the United States by France in 1885 and stands on Liberty Island in the mouth of the Hudson River as a welcome to all visitors, immigrants, and returning Americans. The copper statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886, commemorates the centennial of the United States in 1876 and is a gesture of friendship between the two nations. The sculptor was Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi. Gustave Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, engineered the internal structure. A short biography of Bartholdi can be found lower on this page.

The statue of Lady Liberty is an allegory, filled with symbolism. She holds a torch in her right hand, representing the light of freedom, and a tablet in her left. The tablet shows the inscription JULY IV MDCCLXXVI - July 4, 1776, the date of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. One of her feet stands on chains, symbolizing the acquired freedom from oppression. The seven spikes in her crown represent the seven seas and seven continents.

Her height from ground to the top of the torch is 305 feet; this includes the foundation and the pedestal. The height of the statue itself, from the top of the base to the torch, is 151 feet. The statue weighs 204 tons and the pedestal weighs 24,500 tons. Lady Liberty was built from thin copper plates hammered into wooden forms through a process known as repoussé. The formed plates were then mounted onto a steel skeleton. The pedestal is built from stone and Rosendale natural cement. She was restored through a massive public campaign between 1984 and 1986, and reopened just in time for her centennial.

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