2012 Presidential Dollars – $1 Coin Designs & Images

by Coin Collecting News on January 9, 2012

The United States Mint unveiled the new designs with images of the four 2012 Presidential dollars, per a press release on January 5, 2012.

2012 Presidential dollars

The 2012 Presidential dollars celebrating Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland (First Term), Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland (Second Term)

The Presidential dollars honor the 21st through the 24th Presidents on the United States, which were Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison. President Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, separated by President Harrison.

Each dollar features images of the President that the coin honors. The two coins for President Cleveland showcase two different portrait angles. A common reverse image is used throughout the presidential series, and it depicts the Statue of Liberty.

2012 is the sixth year in the series of coins, with the first four introduced in 2007 as a result of the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005. The program features their images in the order in which they served, beginning with President Washington, and ongoing at a rate of four each year.

In addition to the obverse and reverse designs, the edges of the dollars are edge-incused with the year of minting or issuance, "E Pluribus Unum" and the mint mark.

For reference, the United States Mint press release about the 2012 Presidential dollars follows.

United States Mint Announces 2012 Presidential $1 Coin Designs

The United States Mint today announced the designs that will appear on the Presidential $1 Coins in 2012. The obverse (heads sides) of the coins will bear striking portraits of former Presidents Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland (first term), Benjamin Harrison and Grover Cleveland (second term).

Inscriptions on the obverse of each coin include the President’s name, the years of his term in office, a number indicating the order in which he served, and the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST. The portraits of Chester Arthur and Grover Cleveland were designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. The portrait of Benjamin Harrison was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

All coins in the Presidential $1 Coin Program bear a common reverse (tails side) featuring the iconic Statue of Liberty, designed and sculpted by Everhart. Inscriptions on the reverse are $1 and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The year of minting, or issuance, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the mint mark are incused on the edge of the coins.

The Presidential $1 Coin Program is authorized by Public Law 109-145. Although production of circulating Presidential $1 Coins was recently suspended, collectible versions of the coin will continue to be available in select United States Mint offerings. For information on the availability and pricing of products featuring Presidential $1 Coins, visit http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

About U.S. Mint

The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.

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Dudley Beecham January 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

In other words, there is no way to get copies of the $1 presidential coins from now (2012) or without paying a premium to either the mint or some dealer? Ripoff!

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