The United States Mint included three additional coins in the lineup available under the Circulating $1 Coin Direct Ship Program. Introduced in June 2008, the program’s intention is to remove barriers and encourage robust circulation of $1 coins by allowing individuals and business to order the coins at face value directly from the Mint.
The new coins available through the program are the John Tyler, James K. Polk, and Zachary Taylor Presidential Dollars. Other coins currently available include the 2001 Sacagawea Dollar, 2010 Native American Dollar, and Presidential Dollars featuring George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Andrew Jackson.
Orders through the program must be made in increments of 250 coins. The $1 coins are wrapped in 25-coin rolls, with ten rolls contained in a sealed box. A limit of 4 boxes per 10-day ordering period is currently imposed by the US Mint. Additionally, the purchaser must agree to comply with the stated purpose of the program and not immediately deposit the coins at a bank.
Last year, the US Mint distributed more than $100 million worth of $1 coins through the Direct Ship Program. In the course of the year, it came to light that frequent flyer mile enthusiasts were taking advantage of the program to earn miles and other rewards. The US Mint subsequently worked to curb and prevent such abuses.
Coins may be ordered through the Direct Ship Program online at http://catalog.usmint.gov/