Andrew Johnson Presidential Dollar

The 17th release in the Presidential Dollars series was launched last week to honor Andrew Johnson. The US Mint marked the event by holding a launch ceremony at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site in Tennessee.

In line with the format of the series, the obverse of the coin features a portrait of the President. Under the authorizing legislation, this is supposed to be a “larger and more dramatic artwork… reminiscent of the so-called ‘Golden Age of Coinage’ in the United States.” Although a lofty endeavor, I don’t think you can do much with a portrait of a historical figure.

The reverse features the statue of Liberty, which is the common design used across all issues of the series. The face value of the coin is expressed as “$1”.

The official circulation release date for the Andrew Johnson Presidential Dollar is February 17, 2011. The US Mint will issue their numismatic rolls tomorrow on February 23.

The coins may not be circulating with abundance, but at least one of the aims of the series has been accomplished. I can name the 17th to 20th Presidents of the United States, highlighting the educational benefit.

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