PRESIDENTIAL DOLLAR FIRST DAY OF ISSUE

 

"First Day of Issue" (FDOI) coins have been very popular amongst several series of coins, including small dollars. As far as I can determine, the collecting of FDOI coins began with the Susan B. Anthony Dollar. I have been told that a small amount FDOI covers were created for the first day of release of the Kennedy Half Dollar on March 24, 1964, but I have not yet been able to verify that. In any case it became popular with the Anthony Dollar FDOI Covers. The U. S. Mint issued a "First Day of Issue Commemorative Coin Cover" for the Sacagawea Dollar. The Mint did not issue FDOI covers for the Anthony Dollar. Private entrepreneurs stepped in and created FDOI covers for the Anthony Dollar. The Mint is creating FDOI covers for each of the Presidential Dollars. Several of the "third party grading" companies are also holdering the Presidential Dollars in FDOI holders.

 


 

 

The U. S. Mint's "American Presidency
$1 Coin Cover Series"

The U. S. Mint will showcase the new Presidential $1 Coins in collectible Philatelic Numismatic Covers (PNC's). Each cover contains Philadelphia and Denver Mint coins struck on the first day of production and a stamp cancelled with a postmark dated on the first day of issue. For more information on this series, click HERE.


THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF PRESIDENTIAL DOLLAR FIRST DAY
OF ISSUE COIN COVERS. ONE WILL BE RELEASED FOR EACH OF
THE PRESIDENTIAL DOLLARS.

 

 


This "First Day of Release" 2007-D Washington Dollar was given out by ANACS at the Long Beach Coin, Stamp, and Collectibles Expo held in Long Beach, California on February 15 - 17, 2007. ANACS only made 48 of these complimentary giveaways.  

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Even though the Dollar has been the staple of U. S. coinage since it was first
struck in 1794, the Dollar sign $ was used for the first time on our coinage
with the release of the Presidential Dollars in 2007.

 


  Here are two 2007 George Washington Presidential Dollars, one each from the Philadelphia and Denver Mints in an NGC holder designated as "First Day of Issue".

NGC's criteria for a coin to receive the "First Day of Issue" designation is as follows: "NGC will designate FIRST DAY OF ISSUE on circulating US Coins that have an official release date. To qualify, coins must be received by NGC on the official release date or by overnight mail or air carrier on the day immediately following the official release date. Alternatively, coins still packed in sealed US Mint issue First Day Covers are eligible for this designation. Private issue covers are not accepted." FROM NGC's WEB SITE


 

 


Here is PCGS's version of a "First Day of Issue" holder for the Presidential Dollar series.

PCGS's criteria for a coin to receive the "First Day of Issue" designation is as follows: "Presidential coins delivered to PCGS on the first official day of their release or sent in sealed packages postmarked on that date will qualify for a special First Day of Issue designation. First Day of Issue is only available through the PCGS Bulk Submissions program. Each order must contain a minimum of 100 coins." FROM PCGS's WEB SITE

Click HERE to see a PCGS "First Day of Issue" George Washington Dollar that also has a plain edge.

 

  Here is PCI's "First Day of Issue" holder for the Presidential Dollar series.

Pictured is a Jefferson Dollar First Day of Issue in a "JT Stanton Signature Series" holder. These were made exclusively for coin dealer Ken Potter. A maximum number of 500 per Mint was planned but cut short due to JT Stanton's unexpected departure from PCI. There were only 50 each made for the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.


PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN POTTER

 


GEORGE WASHINGTON

Here is a nice set made up of the first five
Presidential Dollars. Each roll has been
postmarked on its respective first day of
issue. The postmark on each is from
Sundown, Texas, 79372.



PHOTOS COURTESY OF SHIRLEY PENNER


JAMES MONROE


JOHN ADAMS


THOMAS JEFFERSON


JAMES MADISON


 


PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK HOOTEN

Rolls of 2007 George Washington Dollars were readily available on the official release date of February 15, 2007. Many collectors placed a stamp on the rolls and took them to the Post Office to have the stamp cancelled with a postmark dated February 15, 2007. The rolls pictured on the left were cancelled in Bozeman, Montana.

 

 

The official release date for the Thomas Jefferson Presidential Dollar was August 16, 2007. However, the U.S. Mint's official release ceremony was held the day before on August 15th at the Jefferson Memorial in the Nation's Capital. Attendees to the event were invited to exchange dollar bills for the new coins, one day ahead of their official release nationwide. Here are a couple of rolls of the Jefferson Presidential $1 obtained at the release ceremony. As proof, they were taken to the Southwest Station Post Office in Washington, DC where an August 15th postmark was applied. The top roll in the photo on the left has a 2004 Lewis and Clark Centennial 37 Stamp affixed to it. The one on the bottom has a 1966 Jefferson Memorial Beautification 5 Stamp affixed.


 

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