Dollar Launch Ceremonies
Beginning in 2007 and concluding in
approximately 2016, the U. S. Mint will release four Presidential
Dollars each year until each eligible President has been so
honored. Starting with the release of the George Washington
Dollar in February 2007, thru the release of the James A.
Garfield Dollar in November 2011, the mint held
"official" launch ceremonies to promote many of the
Presidential Dollar coins. Other Presidential Dollars were
launched with "unofficial" ceremonies, while the James
Madison Dollar had no launch ceremony at all. Ceremonies may have
included the Director of the Mint, local/regional dignitaries,
descendants of the President, give-aways, bands, re-enacters,
In a cost cutting measure, the Mint announced
in December 2011 that Presidential Dollars would no longer be
struck for circulation. They will however continue to be struck
for collector sets at a premium. Then in March 2012, in an
additional cost cutting measure, the Mint announced that
"official" launch ceremonies will be suspended until
Below are the dates, places, and a brief
description of each launch ceremony held to date.
||Ford, Gerald R
||Kennedy, John F.
||Taft, William H.
|Arthur, Chester A.
||Truman, Harry S.
||Harding, Warren G.
|Bush, George W.
||Roosevelt, Franklin D.
|Bush, George H. W.
||Johnson, Lyndon B.
||Nixon, Richard M.
February 15, 2007 the U. S. Mint held the
official launch ceremony at Grand Central
Terminal in New York City. U. S. Mint Director
Edmund C. Moy was on-site spending the new
Presidential $1 Coins and George Washington
portrayers were there to greet commuters.
|The U. S. Mint's
official ceremony to launch the John Adams $1
coin was held in downtown Quincy, Mass. on May
22, 2007. The ceremony featured the Director of
the U. S. Mint Edmund C. Moy, Quincy Mayor
William J. Phelan, and several decendants of
launch event was held at the Jefferson Memorial
in the Nation's Capital on August 15, 2007.
Present at the ceremony were Ed Moy, Director,
United States Mint; Daniel (Dan) P. Jordan,
President of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation,
Inc.; and Thomas Jefferson Re-enactor Rob Coles.
No official launch ceremony was
held for the Madison Dollar.
|A brief launch
ceremony was held on February 13, 2008 at Ash
estate of President James Monroe in
Charlottesville, Virginia. After the ceremony,
the attendees were the first in the Nation to be
able to acquire a James Monroe Presidential $1
coin, a day before the coins are officially
placed into circulation nationwide. Present at
the ceremony was the Acting Deputy Director of
the United States Mint, Dan Shaver; Ash
Lawn-Highland's Executive Director, Carolyn
Coggin Holmes; James Monroe Memorial Foundation
President G. William Thomas Jr.; and James Monroe
re-enactor Dennis Bigelow.
"unofficial" launch ceremony was held
in Quincy, Massachusetts on Thursday, May 15,
2008. A John Quincy Adams
re-enactor greeted tourists and others at the
Adams National Historical Park visitor center.
Quincy Credit Union employees exchanged
visitors paper money for the Adams coins.
In addition, Adams-related items
were offered for sale, along with giveaways of
Andrew Jackson Presidential $1 coin went into
circulation across the country on August 14,
2008. An official launch ceremony was held on
this date at The
Jackson's home near Nashville, Tenn. United
States Mint Deputy Director Andrew Brunhart
joined Richard Cowart, the past regent of The
Hermitage Board of Directors, on the front lawn
of the historic mansion in a ceremonial
"pour" of thousands of Andrew Jackson
Presidential $1 coins. The public was invited to
exchange their dollar bills for Andrew Jackson
Presidential $1 Coins. Each child under 18 years
old attending received a free Andrew Jackson
Presidential $1 Coin.
Martin Van Buren Presidential $1 was released to
the public on Noveber 13, 2008. The U. S. Mint
held the official release ceremony on Friday,
December 5, 2008 -- the 226th anniversary of Van
Buren's birth. The ceremony was held at the
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in
Kinderhook, New York. Van Buren had been dubbed
"The Red Fox of Kinderhook" for his red
hair, political acumen and birthplace. Attending
were Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart,
Kinderhook Mayor Bill Van Alstyne and others.
William Henry Harrison Presidential $1 official
release ceremony was held on Monday February 16,
2009 at the Berkeley
Plantation, the former
President's home in Charles City, Virginia. The
ceremony was attended by the United States Mint
Deputy Director Andy Brunhart. Participants at the event were the first
in the Nation to get the new $1 coin. The coins
were available to the rest of the nation when
they went into circulation on February 19, 2009.
Following the ceremony, each child 18 years old
or younger received a newly minted $1 coin, and
adults exchanged their currency for rolls of the
launch ceremony for the John Tyler Presidential
$1 coin was held May 19, 2009 at Tyler's Charles
City County, VA home - Sherwood
Forest Plantation. The
coin was released into circulation two days later
on May 21, 2009. Attending the ceremony was
United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart
and Harrison Tyler, grandson of John Tyler.
Attendees 18 years old and younger received a
newly minted John Tyler Presidential $1 coin to
commemorate the occasion. Unlike past launches,
there was no coin exchange following the event
due to the fact that the ceremony was being held
at the private home of President Tyler's
Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart presented the
James K. Polk Presidential $1 Coin to the nation
in a ceremony at the former President's ancestral
home in Columbia,
Tenn., on August 20, 2009. The news media and
public were invited to the event, which included
a ceremonial pour' of thousands of new
James K. Polk Presidential $1 Coins and a coin
exchange. Children 18 years and younger
received a new $1 coin to commemorate the
Taylor Presidential $1 coin official launch
ceremony was held in Taylor Park November 24,
2009, the 225th anniversary of his birth. The
launch ceremony was part of the Zachary Taylor
Appreciation Day sponsored by the James Madison
Museum. Participants in the event included United
States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart,
Virginia Secretary of Education Thomas Morris,
State Senator R. Edward "Edd" Houck,
State Representative Edward Scott and Orange
Mayor Henry Lee Carter. Highlights of the
event included a ceremonial coin 'pour' of
hundreds of new Zachary Taylor Presidential $1
Coins by Deputy Director Brunhart and Helen Marie
Taylor, a descendant of President
Taylor. The 392nd Army Band performed music
written for Taylor when he was a general during
the late 1840s. The ceremony was held 5 days
after its release to the public on Nov. 19, 2009.
|On February 18,
2010, the United States Mint released into
circulation the Millard Fillmore Presidential $1
Coin at an official launch ceremony held in
Moravia, New York, at Moravia Central School. The
ceremony, co-hosted by the United States Mint and
the Cayuga-Owasco Lakes Historical Society,
included participation by local school children
who each received the new coin. United
States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart
officially introduced the coin in the ceremony.
|The United States
Mint introduced the Franklin Pierce Presidential
$1 coin on May 20, 2010 in an official launch
ceremony held on the grounds of Pierce
Manse, the former
president's historic family home. United
States Mint Deputy Director Andrew Brunhart was
joined by Franklin Pierce University President
James F. Birge and New Hampshire Historical
Society Library Director Peter Wallner.
Immediately following the ceremony, the public
was given the opportunity to exchange their cash
for 25-coin rolls of the Franklin Pierce $1 coin
at face value. Each child 18 years old and
younger received a new Franklin Pierce $1 coin to
commemorate the event.
Buchanan Presidential $1 coin was introduced by
the United States Mint in an official launch
ceremony held on August 19, 2010. The
ceremony was held at Wheatland, the former
President's home, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Among those attending the ceremony were United
States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart and
Temple University professor Donald Walters.
Following the ceremony, the public was invited to
exchange their cash for 25-coin rolls of the new
James Buchanan $1 coins. Each child 18 years old
and younger received a new James Buchanan $1 Coin
to commemorate the event.
|On November 19,
2020, coinciding with the 147th anniversary of
the delivery of the Gettysburg Address, the
official launch ceremony for the Abraham Lincoln
Presidential $1 coin was held, one day after the
coins were made available to the public. United
States Mint Director Ed Moy introduced the coin
during the ceremony held at President
located on the grounds of the Armed Forces
Retirement Home in Washington D.C. President
Lincoln lived there for one quarter of his
presidency and was living there when he drafted
the Emancipation Proclamation and deliberated
critical issues of the Civil War. Lincoln
commuted three miles daily by horseback or coach
to the White House, last visiting the Cottage the
day before his assassination. Following the
ceremony, attendees were allowed to exchange
their cash for 25-coin rolls of the Lincoln
Dollar at face value. Children 18 years old and
under received a new Lincoln $1 coin to
commemorate the event. Also in attendance at the
ceremony was Erin Carlson Mast, director of
President Lincoln's Cottage.
the United States Mint and the National Park
Service marked the release of the Andrew Johnson
Presidential $1 Coin with a special ceremony held
Februsry 17, 2011 at the Andrew
Johnson National Historic Site in Greeneville, TN.
"Beginning today, millions of
Andrew Johnson Presidential $1 Coins will be
released into circulation by Federal Reserve
Banks across the Nation," said United States
Mint Chief Counsel Daniel P. Shaver.
"During 2011, they will make their way into
the hands and pockets of many Americans,
connecting America through coins to Andrew
Johnson and his Presidency."
Joining Shaver to commemorate
the coin's release were Daniel Luther and Lizzie
Watts from the Andrew Johnson National Historic
Site and the first grade class of East View
Elementary School. Following the ceremony,
attendees 18 years old and younger received an
Andrew Johnson Presidential $1 Coin, while adults
exchanged their currency for 25-coin rolls of the
|The United States
Mint and the National Park Service hosted a
launch ceremony to celebrate the release of the
Ulysses S. Grant Presidential $1 Coin on May 19,
2011, the 148th anniversary of Grant's Civil War
Vicksburg campaign in Mississippi.
"Beginning today, Federal Reserve
Banks are releasing millions of Ulysses S. Grant
Presidential $1 Coins into circulation to be used
by Americans everywhere in the nation,"
United States Mint Acting Deputy Director Al
Runnels said in his remarks.
"Americans know Grant best as the victorious
general in the Civil War, and these new coins
can't help but remind us of that defining period
in our history, but they will also connect
America to Grant's two terms as our 18th
John Marszalek, executive
director of the Ulysses
S. Grant Association,
joined Runnels at the coin launch, which was held
at the Ulysses
S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis. The site is where
Grant and his wife Julia occasionally resided
during the 1850s. Members of the public who
attended the event were among the first in the
Nation to get the new $1 coin. Following
the ceremony, each attendee 18 years old and
younger received a Ulysses S. Grant Presidential
$1 Coin to commemorate the event, while adults
exchanged their currency for 25-coin rolls of the
U.S. Mint hosted a public launch ceremony and
coin exchange for the Rutherford B. Hayes
Presidential $1 Coin on August 18, 2011. The
release ceremony was held in the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center at Spiegel Grove in Fremont, Ohio.
Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife Lucy lived
at the Spiegel Grove estate following his term in
the White House. The Hayes Museum was the
nations first presidential center, opening
in May of 1916. The Hayes home did not open for
public tours until 1966.
ceremony was the first public unveiling of the
dollar and occured on the same day that it was
released into circulation through Federal Reserve
ceremony, children 18 and under in attendance
were given a free coin from United States Mint
and other officials. Adults were offered an
opportunity to exchange cash for 25-coin rolls of
the coins at face value with representatives of
Croghan Colonial Bank.
former U.S. President James Garfield gathered
November 17, 2011 for the United States Mint's
official launch of the Presidential $1 Coin
struck in his honor. The ceremony was held
in Mentor, Ohio at the James
A. Garfield National Historic Site - location of the 20th President's
family home - two days prior to the 180th
anniversary of Garfield's birth.
"The Presidential $1 Coin series
connects Americans to inspiring life stories like
President Garfield's," said United States
Mint Acting Associate Director for Manufacturing
Marc Landry. "He was the last
President born in a log cabin, fatherless by the
age of two, drove canal boat teams to earn money
for college, became a classics professor and
college president, rose to brigadier general in
the Civil War, and enjoyed a long, distinguished
career in the U.S. Congress."
In addition to Landry, speakers
at the event included Rudolph Garfield, a
great-grandson of President Garfield, and Dr.
Allan Peskin, professor emeritus of history at
the Cleveland State University. Peskin, who
served as the event's keynote speaker, is the
author of "Garfield," the definitive
biography of James Garfield.
Those who attended the event
were among the first in the Nation to get the new
James Garfield Presidential $1 Coin, which was
released into circulation November 17,
2011. Following the ceremony, many of those
in attendance exchanged their currency for
25-coin rolls of the new coin.
for Presidential $1 coins
have been suspended by
the U. S. Mint beginning
in 2012 until further
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