The Presidents on Our Coins
The presidents that appear on the obverse (front) of our circulating coins were all selected by Congress in recognition of their service to our country. However, they were chosen years apart and under different circumstances.
The United States Mint has not published a historical reference about coinage. The numismatic or coin collecting sections of public libraries usually contain excellent reference books that may interest you. Two such publications are:
A Guide Book of United States Coins
R.S. Yeoman, 50th Edition, 1997
Western Publishing Company, Inc.
Racine, Wisconsin 53404
The History of United States Coinage
As Illustrated by the Garrett Collection
Q. David Bowers for the Johns Hopkins University
Bowers & Merena Galleries, Inc.
Wolfboro, New Hampshire, 1988