Today, the United States Mint released the latest coin in the ongoing Presidential $1 Coin Program featuring James Buchanan. To coincide with the release, a launch ceremony was held on the grounds of the President’s former home and sales of numismatic rolls began at the US Mint.
The James Buchanan Presidential Dollar features his portrait on the obverse of the coin, as designed and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Inscriptions surrounding the portrait read “James Buchanan”, “In God We Trust”, “15th President”, and the dates of his term “1857-1861”. The reverse design of the coin features an image of the State of Liberty designed and sculpted by Don Everhart with the words “United States of America” and the denomination “$1”. The motto “E Pluribus Unum” along with the date and mint mark of the coin appear on the incused edge lettering of the coin.
The launch ceremony for the coin was held in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on the grounds of Wheatland, the historic estate of James Buchanan. In attendance were Andrew Brunhart, Deputy Director of the United States Mint, and Donald Walters, Emeritus Professor of Educations Administration, Temple University. The ceremony, which included a ceremonial coin pour and coin exchange, was also open to the public.
At 12:00 Noon ET, sales of 25-coin rolls of James Buchanan Presidential Dollars from the Philadelphia or Denver Mint began at the US Mint. These circulating quality coins are packaged in specially designed wrappers which indicate the issue, mint mark, and face value of the contents. The roll are priced at $35.95 each plus applicable shipping and handling charges. The rolls can be purchased online at www.catalog.usmint.gov.
The final release of program for this year will be the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Dollar. The general circulation release date for this coin has been set for November 18, 2010.