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Presidential $1 Coin Program
The Presidential Dollar Coin Program began in 2007 with the goal of honoring the Presidents of the United States. The program calls for a dollar coin to be produced every three months for a total of four per year, starting with our George Washington. It is similar to the Fifty State Quarter program in that it will not end until every eligible subject has been honored.
Each coin will feature a U.S. President on the obverse in chronological order by term in office. The reverse of the coins bears the Statue of Liberty, the inscriptions "$1" and "United States of America". Inscribed along the edge of the coin is the year of minting, the mint mark, 13 stars, and “E Pluribus Unum”. The edge-lettering looks like this: “★★★★★★★★★★ 2009 D ★★★ E PLURIBUS UNUM”.
The George Washington $1 coin was first available to the public on February 15, 2007, in honor of Presidents' Day, which was observed on February 19. This marks the first time since the St. Gaudens Double Eagle (1907–33) that the United States has issued a coin with edge lettering for circulation. Edge-lettered coins date back to the 1790's. The process was started to discourage the shaving of gold coin edges, a practice which was used to cheat payees. In December 2007, Congress passed H.R. 2764, moving "In God We Trust" to either the obverse or reverse of the coins. The program is also intended to help educate the public about the nation's presidents and their history.