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
previous one is discontinued.
The 2007-D Presidential Dollars are currently available!
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
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here for the all of the Presidential Dollar options!
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
Even though these new dollars were just released, there are already
several confirmed reports of errors, including:
• Edge lettering completely
• Double edge lettering! The
coins went through the edge-lettering machine twice.
• "Atheist", or at least
These "Godless" dollars are missing the legend "In God We Trust" on the
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 &
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
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
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.
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:
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.
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
• 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.
Click here for other great coins
and medals featuring the Statue of Liberty!
A portrait of Thomas Jefferson, with his name, the legend 3RD
PRESIDENT, and the dates of his term in office, 1801-1809.
A portrait of the Statue of Liberty, with her torch of freedom held
high aloft. The legend UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the denomination
States of America
Alloy Layered over Copper Core
.885 Copper, .06 Zinc, .035 Magnesium, .02 Nickel
with edge lettering