Jump to content

First U.S. Coin Featuring President John Adams Heads Into Circulation Nationwide Tomorrow


Recommended Posts

United States Mint Director Travels to Quincy, MA, for Launch of New

Presidential $1 Coin


WASHINGTON, May 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of new John

Adams Presidential $1 Coins are heading to the Nation's banks and financial

institutions. It is the first time the United States has featured President

Adams on a coin. The United States Mint is marking the occasion with a

ceremonial launch and coin exchange in John Adams' birthplace of Quincy,

Massachusetts, on Tuesday, May 22.

Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070516/AQW149

Those who cannot travel to Quincy may obtain John Adams Presidential $1

Coins at most banks and financial institutions throughout the country,

starting tomorrow, May 17. Banks that run out of John Adams Presidential $1

Coins are encouraged to re-order them. The public may also order

Presidential $1 Coins in bags and rolls at the United States Mint's website


"John Adams was a great patriot who helped draft the Declaration of

Independence and served as Vice President and then President of our Nation

in its early days," said Director Edmund C. Moy. "This new coin provides

the opportunity to learn more about our second President and his

fascinating life. With the John Adams Presidential $1 Coin, like the George

Washington Presidential $1 Coin before it, Americans are discovering that

using a dollar coin is more convenient in many transactions."

John Adams was the second President of the United States, and the coin

commemorating John Adams is the second of the Presidential $1 Coin series,

now in circulation. The United States Mint inaugurated the Presidential $1

Coin series in New York with the George Washington Presidential $1 Coin on

February 15, 2007, in time for Presidents Day.

Nearly half a billion George Washington and John Adams Presidential $1

Coins have been ordered to date by the Federal Reserve for circulation.

Public awareness of the new Presidential $1 Coins has tripled from

approximately 15 to 20 percent in November 2006, when the designs for the

coins were unveiled in Washington D.C., to approximately 60 percent in

March 2007.

The United States Mint is offering financial institutions and retail

businesses free informational materials via http://www.usmint.gov/$1coin.

Students, teachers, parents and educational organizations can also access

lesson plans and other free educational tools on the same website.

Congress authorized and the President approved the Presidential $1

Coins with the Presidential $1 Coin Act (Act) of 2005. The Act requires the

Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue $1 coins honoring the United

States Presidents in the order in which they served, with four new designs

annually. Along with the George Washington and John Adams Presidential $1

Coins, coins featuring Thomas Jefferson and James Madison will roll out

later in 2007. Digital images of the John Adams Presidential $1 Coin may be

obtained at


Unique Designs Honor Historic Figures

The design of the John Adams Presidential $1 Coin, like all of the

Presidential $1 Coins, was created to be bold and dramatic. Edge-lettering

also draws attention to the inscriptions "E Pluribus Unum" and "In God We

Trust," as well as the date and the mint mark, distinguishing Presidential

$1 Coins from all other coins in circulation today.

The new Presidential $1 Coins are identical in color and size to the

Golden Dollar featuring Sacagawea, and have the same distinctive rim and

tactile features to assist the visually impaired. The obverse (heads side)

of each coin will feature an image of a former President and the years of

his term of office. The reverse (tails side) displays an image of the

Statue of Liberty and the inscriptions "United States of America" and "$1."

Distributed through Banks and Other Financial Institutions

The United States Mint and the Federal Reserve are taking steps to

enable businesses and the public to obtain the new John Adams Presidential

$1 Coin and all of the Presidential $1 Coins, as they are released.

Like the George Washington Presidential $1 Coins, the John Adams

Presidential $1 Coins will be shipped to banks and other financial

institutions in rolls and small bags, unmixed with other $1 coins. Banks

may order and store each Presidential $1 Coin up to two weeks before its

introduction so financial institutions will have supplies on hand on the

release date. The coins will be available to banks in unmixed rolls and

bags for four weeks after the introduction of each design. However, banks

should not hesitate to re-order Presidential $1 Coins after the four-week

window, in case there are remaining supplies. The special ordering process

begins again two weeks prior to the date on which a new Presidential $1

Coin is released.

Presidential $1 Coin Commemoration

Each President will be honored with a single Presidential $1 Coin,

regardless of the number of consecutive terms he served, except for Grover

Cleveland, the only United States President to serve non-consecutive terms.

He will be honored on two coins. No living, former or current President can

be honored on a coin.

For more information on the new Presidential $1 Coins, go to


Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...