I recently came across the following coins that were offered to me
for sale from a local buyer.
I am wondering if you have additional details on these and if they
The image sent shows normal United States Presidential dollar
coins that have been repackaged for sale.
The company that created these packages is the World Monetary
Reserve Exchange, which has a headquarters in Canton, Ohio. The
company was established in 2002.
This business is a private corporation not affiliated with the
United States government.
In 2007, and as further coins in the Presidential dollar coin
series were released, this company sold the coins via newspaper and
other advertisements, at significant premiums over face value. The
company paired the coins with distinctive packaging to add perceived value.
From the photo, it appears that one of the boxes was made in the
shape of a gold bar, suggesting that the dollars were perhaps gold.
However, the coins themselves do not contain any gold.
History of the
Presidential dollar coins
The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 required the U.S. Mint to
issue new dollar coins beginning in 2007. The coins commemorate four
presidents each year, issued in order of the period of service,
beginning with George Washington.
The program will take 10 to 12 years to complete, depending on
whether any of the current living former presidents have died by the
time their coin would be expected to appear. A former president must
be dead at least two years before a coin can be issued as part of the
ongoing series. A sitting president cannot be depicted on a coin.
The circulating Presidential dollars have the same weight and size
as the current Sacagawea/Native American dollars. They are made of a
manganese-brass copper clad composition.
Those in Congress who advocated the coins had hoped that they
would be popular and circulate as widely as the State quarter dollars.
However, Presidential dollar production for circulation was
suspended Dec. 13, 2011, by Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner
because a glut of the coins fills Federal Reserve Bank storage
facilities. The coins never circulated as widely as advocates had
hoped. Circulation-quality production since the 2011 suspension order
has been reserved strictly for numismatic sales; the coins are sold
for slight premiums via the U.S. Mint.
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