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John Quincy Adams Presidential $1 Coin — Sixth President, 1825-1829

Edge lettering on presidential $1 coin
The new coin features
edge-incused inscriptions.

John Quincy Adams was born into politics as the son of second U.S. President John Adams and Abigail Adams. As a child, he watched the American Revolution unfold and accompanied his father on his diplomatic posts to Europe. He followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a diplomat in Europe and, later, the sixth U.S. president.

Adams became president by the slimmest of margins in a controversial election that was ultimately decided in the US House of Representatives by one vote.

As president, Adams proposed a wide system of roads and canals to stimulate the economy and foster trade throughout the Nation. During his administration, the Cumberland road was extended into Ohio, and several major canal systems were begun.

After his unsuccessful bid for re-election, Adams went on to serve nine terms in the US House of Representatives. He and Andrew Johnson, 17th president, are the only two former presidents to later serve in Congress.

Coinage Legislation under President John Quincy Adams

Act of May 19, 1828 — This Act:

  • directs the location of the United States Mint to remain in Philadelphia indefinitely;
  • establishes a standard weight for the Mint’s use;
  • makes provisions for payment for the testing of silver bullion brought to the Mint for coinage;
  • authorizes employment of clerks at the Mint; and
  • authorizes the Director of the Mint to assay bullion not intended for coinage and to issue certificates of fineness at the owners’ expense.

United States Mint Directors appointed by President Adams

President John Quincy Adams did not appoint a Director of the United States Mint.

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