2009 Presidential Dollars

Continuing a program that began in 2007, the United States Mint has struck new coins as part of the 2009 Presidential Dollar series.

2009 Presidential Dollars (Proof Versions) - Click to Enlarge

2009 Presidential Dollars (Proof Versions) - Click to Enlarge

Identical in weight, size and metal content to the older Sacagawea or newer Native American Dollars, these $1 coins honoring former presidents are released at a rate of four per year until the year 2016.

They are authorized under The Presidential $1 Coin Act , which was signed into law (Public Law 109-145) by former President Bush on December 22, 2005.

Presidential Dollar Reverse (Proof Version) - Click to Enlarge

Presidential Dollar Reverse (Proof Version) - Click to Enlarge

Each coin contains an image of the Statue of Liberty on its reverse (tails side) that was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart. The obverse of each bears a portrait of the featured president.

When the $1 series was first introduced to the public, the following statement was made to entice consumers to accept the golden dollars:

"Americans will soon be receiving Presidential $1 Coins in their change and will find them convenient to use at retailers, car washes and vending machines. I even suspect the tooth fairy will love leaving these beautiful coins under pillows," said United States Mint Director Edmund C. Moy.

"The Presidential $1 Coins will also be educational. Like the 50 State Quarters Program, these coins will invigorate interest in American history."

The 2009 Presidential $1 coins honor William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk and Zachary Taylor. Information on each of these coins and the Presidents they represent follow.

William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollar

William Henry Harrison Presidential Dollar - The portrait of the 9th President of the United States featured on the Harrison coin was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Harrison was the first President to die while in office and the last president to have been born before the Declaration of Independence.

He led a successful battle against some American Indians at the Battle of Tippecanoe, and the nickname he received helped win his election with the slogan "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too." His brief 32 days in office before his death gave him little time to accomplish anything, but his death established a procedure of succession that would be solidified with the 25th amendment to the Constitution.

John Tyler Presidential Dollar

John Tyler Presidential Dollar - As the first President to obtain office via succession, the John Tyler coin designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill showcases a man who survived much controversy during his administration.

With the death of William Henry Harrison, many former supporters opposed his assumption to the Presidency. Harrison felt strongly, and acted accordingly, that he was the new President. Even with little support, Tyler was instrumental in the annexation of Texas, probably his most remembered act.

James K. Polk Presidential Dollar

James K. Polk Presidential Dollar - The eleventh President of the United States, James K. Polk is featured on a coin designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Charles Vickers. Polk is considered the last strong pre-civil war President and was a strong believer in what was know as 'Manifest Destiny.'

This led him to avidly support the expansion efforts of the United States throughout North America. Under his leadership, the US threatened war with Britain and ended up splitting ownership of the Northwest which included the areas of the present-day states Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Polk was not content with this addition to the country and actually went to war with Mexico. Finally in 1848, Mexico ceded what would become California, Nevada and Utah, as well as parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. This last addition increased the land area of the United States by one third.

Zachary Taylor Presidential Dollar

Zachary Taylor Presidential Dollar - Designed and sculpted by Don Everhart, the Zachary Taylor coin celebrates the twelfth President of the United States, and the second who would die while in office.

Taylor's greatest claim to fame would be his exemplary military record achieved before his election as President. Taylor was, for the most part, extremely un-interested in politics his whole life, but was recruited by the Whig Party. This would mark the first time someone was elected to the Presidency without having ever held public office before.

As it began two years ago, the following coins have already been released: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.

The United States Mint has several products available that include the coins -- from bags and rolls of the circulating versions, to collector proof and uncirculated coins in sets, to Presidential $1 coins combined with First Spouse Medals. These products and more may be found directly on the US Mint Web site.

Presidential Dollar Coin Specifications

Mintmark: D, P, S
Finish/Condition: Circulated, Proof
Composition: 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel
Weight: 8.1 grams
Diameter: 26.5 mm
Edge: lettering
Date of Issue: 2007-2016
Obverse Designer/Sculptor: Provide Above
Reverse Designer/Sculptor: Don Everhart

2009 Presidential $1 Resources