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Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:19 pm
(Image from US Mint)

The Presidential $1 Coins

The United States is honoring our Nation's Presidents by issuing $1 coins featuring their images in the order that they served in office. The United States Mint issues four Presidential $1 Coins each year, with Presidents Arthur, Cleveland (first term), Harrison, and Cleveland (second term) being honored in 2012. In December 2011, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner directed that the United States Mint suspend minting and issuing circulating Presidential $1 Coins. Regular circulating demand for the coins will be met through the Federal Reserve Bank's existing inventory of circulating coins minted prior to 2012. The United States Mint will continue to offer several products that contain Presidential $1 Coins. See Scheduled Products Listing.

Each Presidential $1 Coin has a common reverse design featuring a striking rendition of the Statue of Liberty. These coins feature large, dramatic artwork, as well as edge-incused inscriptions of the year of minting, or issuance, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the mint mark. In 2009, the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST was moved from the edge to the face of the coin. The size, weight and metal composition of the Presidential $1 Coins are identical to that of the Sacagawea Golden Dollar and the Native American $1 Coins. Learn more about the Presidential $1 Coin's design features.
•Presidential $1 Coin Annual Release Schedule
•Frequently Asked Questions
•$1 Coin Pilot Program Final Report
*****Just click View Site and there are many explanations and back ground on the new coins****


Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:23 pm

I was handed one of these one dollar coins yesterday. Then I was asked what was missing, well actually nothing.
Though I did notice that (a) historically Americans do not like one dollar coins, (b) these are lighter then most from our past experiments with one dollar coins (c) In God we Trust is not on the face of the coin but on the side, along with the date. These are considered a limited printing, so most just may go to those who rush to collect unique coins. They are however, legal tender.

JL A (281)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 12:43 pm
Wonder whether it will eventually generate the interest of the issuing the quarters for each state had? The size of recent dollar coins was so similar to the quarter that it challenged some retail and other businesses who filed objections this the US Mint's response to those earlier years' issues?

Nancy M (197)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 2:59 pm
I have seen these as well. We got them as change at the airport where my Mom decided she needed to start collecting them. I did not notice one way or another anything about In God We trust.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 4:20 pm

Put them one on top of the other, quarter and new dollar, they almost exactly the same size. I like the idea, but it's created too much controversy for silly little coin. May be they could do the same as J L said, use a run of quarters to honor all of the past president's, still collectable, still unique.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:28 pm
Noted. Thanks.

Terry V (30)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:53 pm
What a waste of money it would be to design these coins

Robert B (60)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 5:56 pm
They made a huge mistake when they issued a dollar coin that was smaller than the half dollar. It made no sense, especially to coin collectors.

jo M (3)
Wednesday October 3, 2012, 8:33 pm
They've already decided to stop minting these coins, they just keep trying to get Americans interested in a $1 coin and guess they have failed again. I have never seen one of the Native American $1 coins, nor have I seen more than 2 of the National Park quarters.

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 6:52 am
Hello, can we just get rid of the paper dollar and redesign the coins so they make sense. Didn't take long for Europeans to adjust to a complete redesign (nor the South Africans for that matter).

M B (62)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 1:37 pm
I agree with Kit.

Christeen A (368)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 1:47 pm
I have a weakness for coins. I like them all.

Christine S (134)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 2:43 pm
Why the heck do you want God's name on money anyway? The love of money is the root of all evil- so let's keep God's name off money - keep it in church where it belongs.

. (0)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 3:19 pm
Why hasn't the mint learned that America has historically not been in favor with dollar coins -especially as they are so close in size to the quarter. We are the only country in the world that designs money without the blind in mind.
When England dissolved the pound note, the coin was smaller, and thicker. Are we too stupid not to follow this?

Joanne D (38)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:05 pm
I was thinking that Teddy Roosevelt will turn in his grave if they put "In God We Trust" on his coin. As a President, he felt it was unconstitutional, and as a Christian, he felt it was sacrilegious on a coin, so close to merchandising, and would lead to the phrase being used and misused in commercial advertising (as in, In God We Trust, all others pay cash - gee whiz).

Kit B (276)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:31 pm

I do agree that was not something that TR would favor, but even during his time, he did not remove it from coins.

"In God we trust" was adopted as the official motto of the United States in 1956 as an alternative or replacement to the unofficial motto of E pluribus unum, adopted when the Great Seal of the United States was created and adopted in 1782.

In God we trust has appeared on U.S. coins since 1864 and on paper currency since 1957. Some secularists object to usage of the reference. (wiki)

For those who are deeply religious, I have heard them say this is a form of blasphemy, For those who follow no religion, it feels a bit intrusive, and certainly not in keeping with the idea behind the First Amendment.

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 4:50 pm
I would still return any attempt at a dollar coin other than a Carson City Cartwheel as a counterfeit and request a dollar bill. Also, I consider LBJ, Klinton, and Obummer frauds much like the 3 dollar 'bill' featuring Klinton, so would actively refuse any such excuses for coins. Though I worship Allfather Odin, I see no offence in the legend 'in god we trust' as I see no active proselytisation in progress, only an acknowledgement that our nation was founded in large part by religious dissidents.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 6:31 pm
Noted , thanks !

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday October 4, 2012, 8:43 pm
Thanks Kit.

Quinton Smith (40)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:52 pm
"IN GOD WE TRUST" needs to be removed from all U.S. money and the pledge to this country because this is unconstitutional an not in keeping with the First Amendment "AN WHO'S GOD AM I TO TRUST IN??" they all spread hate an killing an discrimination there is only two places for gods an religion 1: in your home. 2: in your house of worship. not on the money or the pledge to this country or in the public eye " THIS COUNTRY WAS NOT FOUNDED ON GOD OR RELIGION IT WAS FOUNDED ON THE CONSTITUTION" there are 4,543 words in the U.S. constitution an if you read it you will NOT find the word "GOD OR RELIGION" nowhere in it. What needs to be stamped on the money is "IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION WE TRUST OR IN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WE TRUST". =^..^=

Have you taken in a stray kitty today

Kit B (276)
Friday October 5, 2012, 4:58 pm

No Quinton I have not, but I do put out food for the strays, and all of mine were once homeless. I like the constitution and the first amendment, so you would get no argument from me.

Quinton Smith (40)
Friday October 5, 2012, 6:57 pm
@ Kit B. Thank you for taken care of the stray kitty's where you live they need all the help they can get I have a little rescue at my welding shop it is called Paw Town Cats I care for 53 moggies (moggy is a UK slang word for stray cats) do you remember the old TV news cast when at the end they would say" this is in the news" that is why when I end my comments I always put have you taken a stray Today. An I do agree with you about TR an the removal of the old unofficial motto of E pluribus unum because I have a one dollar all the way up to a $100.00 dollar bill without in god we trust on them along with coins an at that time all US money was backed by sliver they wore called sliver notes. =^..&=

Have you taken in a stray today

Kit B (276)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:03 pm

I still have some of those old gold and silver notes myself. Thanks Quinton for saving the lives of stray Cats, it is a most worthy cause.

Quinton Smith (40)
Friday October 5, 2012, 7:18 pm
@ Fred Krohn " THIS COUNTRY WAS NOT FOUNDED ON GOD OR RELIGION IT WAS FOUNDED ON THE CONSTITUTION" there are 4,543 words in the U.S. constitution an if you read it you will NOT find the word "GOD OR RELIGION" nowhere in it you need to read it. Fred Krohn "AN WHO'S GOD AM I TO TRUST IN??".

Tom Edgar (56)
Friday October 5, 2012, 9:11 pm
In March 45 I was (A non playing) part of a Crap Game in Louisiana the ONLY coins were silver dollars. Nice BIG ones too.
My mate won over 400 of them and I sneaked them out of the parlour leaving the other players bemused who had been winning as it certainly wasn't those left at the table.

I guess the silver content of those dollars would well exceed their face value today.

Gloria H (88)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:47 am
collectors coins. Does God/Goddess/Divine Mind really give a fig about what goes on a piece of metal? A handout to the homeless, an intervention from a bully, a smile at a stranger,picking up a piece of litter, a hug for your mouthy kid matter more.

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:02 pm
Apparently, some people were taught about god in a different manner than I.

To begin with, my education included a god who was NOT a 'narcissist' and by Christ's teachings, he would not want to be connected to money or money changers in any way.
Perhaps, some were instructed in a different bible.

People who must have the name of god on their money, continually wear god on their shoulder and proselytize at every opportunity, are quite unsure of their own beliefs.
If there is a god, surely, she is forgiving of our minor infractions.

Charlene Rush (79)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 8:07 pm
By the way, instead of wasting our taxpaper dollar on $1 coins.......
get rid of the PENNY, which costs more to produce than it is worth.
Oh yes, I know the objection, it would be difficult from a pricing point of view, but then again, it is expensive to continue with this outdated coin.
AND.......who ever said, 'LIfe was easy'?

Audrey B (0)
Monday October 8, 2012, 11:37 am
I personally don't want to carry around a bunch of coins, I'd rather stick with the dollare bill.
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