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New dollar coin to debut in Houston, Chicago

The U.S mint is releasing a set of new one-dollar coins, honoring the United States Presidents. One of the goals is to create an atmosphere for history with these, teaching when opportunity arises. The coins will arrive every three months presenting the Presidents in the order they held office.

The first coin bears the resemblance of George Washington, with Adams, Jefferson, and Madison rounding out 2007.

New dollar coin to debut in Houston, Chicago | – Houston Chronicle

The Washington dollar will be the first such coin introduced since the debut of the Sacagawea dollar in January 2000. That coin, honoring the Shoshone woman who served as guide to Lewis and Clark, featured a gold tint to help differentiate it from the similarly sized U.S. quarter. More than a billion of the coins have been issued, the mint reports. [photopress:New_dollar_coin.jpg,thumb,right]

An earlier dollar honoring women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, minted 1979-81 and again in 1999, met with consumer resistance because it easily was confused with quarters. Nonetheless, more than 888 million of the coins were produced.

The new Washington coin, to be minted in a manganese-brass alloy, was designed by Joe Menna, a sculptor-engraver employed by the mint. Treasury Secretary John Snow approved the design last summer

For the first time since the 1930s, Eskridge said, “In God We Trust,” “E Pluribus Unum,” the mint mark and year of issuance will be engraved on the new coins’ edge.

Photo from the Houston Chronicle.

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