The U.S. Mint has released the designs that will appear on the
Presidential dollar coins in 2012.
The designs were selected by U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy F.
Geithner, who has the final word on which designs are used.
The obverse of the coins will bear the portraits of Presidents
Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland (first term), Benjamin Harrison and
Grover Cleveland (second term).
The portrait of Arthur and the two Cleveland portraits were
designed and sculptured by Mint sculptor-engraver Don Everhart. The
portrait of Benjamin Harrison was designed and sculptured by Mint
sculptor-engraver Phebe Hemphill.
Inscriptions on the obverse of each coin include the president’s
name, the years of his term in office, a number indicating the order
in which he served, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST.
All Presidential dollars bear a common reverse featuring the
Statue of Liberty, designed and sculptured by Everhart. Reverse
inscriptions include $1 and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
The legend E PLURIBUS UNUM, the year of issue and the Mint mark
are incused on the edge of the coins.
Production of Presidential dollar coins for circulation was
suspended by Treasury Secretary Geithner, Dec. 13. However, Mint
spokesman Michael White issued a statement Dec. 14 saying that the
Mint would continue to produce Presidential dollars for collectors,
who will be able to “purchase them directly from the U.S. Mint during
Since the beginning of the Presidential dollar program in 2007,
the coins had been released into circulation. In addition, the dollars
have been made available to collectors through a number of packaging
options, including annual Proof sets, Uncirculated Mint sets, bags and
rolls. The Mint has also sold Presidential dollars in special
packaging options, such as Presidential dollar coin and First Spouse
bronze medal sets and Presidential dollar day-of-issue postal covers.
A call to the Mint for clarification on its plans for pricing and
packaging for 2012 Presidential dollars had not been returned as the
print issue of Coin World went to press Jan. 6, but the
information was published in the Jan. 6 Federal Register, though
available too late for Coin World print deadlines. A news
article was published at the Coin World website Jan. 7 with
the information (www.coinworld.com/articles/federal-register-reveals-pricing-for-2012-pre/).
The first issue of 2012, featuring Chester Arthur, is scheduled
for a Feb. 16 release, according to the Mint’s product schedule
listing. Mint officials have not announced whether the Mint plans to
conduct a launch ceremony for the Arthur dollar.
For up-to-date information on the availability and pricing of
products featuring Presidential dollars, visit the Mint’s website at
or telephone 800-872-6468. ■