Entries from August 2009 ↓

James K. Polk Dollar Released

Today the James K. Polk Dollar was officially launched and released into circulation. This is the 11th Presidential Dollar of the series and the third release of the year. Although mintages are not yet available for the coin, the trend this year has been for a lower mintage for each subsequent coin.


The obverse of the coin features a portrait designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Charles Vickers. The inscriptions read “James K. Polk” “In God We Trust” “11th President” and “1845-1849”. The coin’s date, mint mark, and “E Pluribus Unum” can be found on the edge of the coin.

The official launch ceremony was hosted by the United States Mint in Columbia, Tennessee, at the ancestral home of President Polk. Children who attended the ceremony received a free dollar coin. Other attendees could exchange their bills for rolls of the new coin.

At the same time, the US Mint began selling individual collector rolls of the Polk Dollar on their website. These rolls are specially packaged and sell for $35.95 per roll. Separate rolls can be purchased from either the Philadelphia or Denver Mints.

2009 Professional Life Lincoln Cent Released

Yesterday the third 2009 Lincoln Cent design was released. This design features a young, professional Lincoln standing in front of the Illinois State Capitol building. The release into circulation was accompanied by an official ceremony and opportunities for exchanging coins at face value.

professional-lifeThe launch ceremony fittingly took pace at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. The ceremony was attended by United States Senator Dick Durbin, United States Mint Director Edmund Moy, and others.

Following the ceremony, there was a coin exchange where people could switch currency for fresh rolls of the new coins. This opportunity has provided a huge draw for past ceremonies.

The US Mint also hosted coin exchanges at two locations in Washington, DC.

Finally, the US Mint put Two Roll Sets of the new 2009 Lincoln Cents on sale on their website. The sets are offered for $8.95. This is quite a premium, but I guess its the price you have to pay if you can’t make it to Springfield or Washington!

American Samoa Quarter Mintage

The US Mint just released the final production figures for the American Samoa Quarter. The overall mintage marks yet another low, as mintages for circulating coins continue to spiral downwards.

American Samoa Quarter mintage

Overall, there were 82,200,000 American Samoa Quarters produced by the US Mint. This is further broken down into 39,600,000 quarters produced at the Denver Mint and 42,600,000 quarters produced at the Philadelphia Mint.

The overall mintage represents a decrease of 4.6 million from the prior Guam Quarter Mintage.

The mintage for the 2009-D American Samoa Quarter represents the new lowest quarter mintage for the DC and US Territories Quarters program, which also represents the lowest mintage for a quarter since 1962.