New Presidential Coins Have Limited Mintages
Collectors will have to wait until the end of 2010 for the release of the President Abraham Lincoln Dollar by the U.S. Mint, the end of 2014 for the President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Dollar, mid-2015 for the President John F. Kennedy Dollar, and 2016 for the possible issue of a President Ronald Reagan Dollar (which will only be issued if President Jimmy Carter has passed away). But all of these Presidents (plus Washington and Jefferson) are available right now—embossed in full color--on Five Dollar coins issued by the Republic of Liberia.
These are the first issues in a complete series of Presidential coins ranging from Washington to Obama. Relatively small quantities of these six Presidents, dated 2009 will be struck this year. All additional coins of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, F. D. Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Reagan, as well as all the other Presidents are expected to be dated 2010.
Each background corresponds to the President pictured – the Washington Monument, the Jefferson Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the White House (FDR), the Capitol Building (JFK), and the American Flag (Reagan).
The reverse of each Presidential Five Dollar coin features the seal of the Republic of Liberia, which was settled by freed American slaves, and whose capital Monrovia was named for the fifth American President. The symbols of the seal are: a palm tree and a dove, carrying a message from the United States granting independence. The ship represents the arrival of the colonists from America, as does the national motto: “THE LOVE OF LIBERTY BROUGHT US HERE.” The spade and the plough also refer to the American colonists, since they brought these tools with them.
Each Five Dollar Presidential coin is proof quality, 40mm, layered in .999 fine silver. They are available for $14.95 each or all 6 for $80 from official distributor Panda America. To order or for further information call 800-472-6327 or visit www.PandaAmerica.com.
Prepared by Mel Wacks