WASHINGTON — On February 18, 2010, the United States Mint will release to the Federal Reserve Banks the first new Presidential $1 Coin of 2010, honoring former President Millard Fillmore. Beginning at noon Eastern Time (ET) the same day, the agency also will accept orders for rolls of Millard Fillmore Presidential $1 Coins at its online catalog, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog. Each roll, priced at $35.95, contains 25 circulating quality $1 coins from either the United States Mint at Philadelphia or Denver. The coins are wrapped in specially designed packaging that displays the mint of origin (P or D), the face value of the contents ($25) and the genuine United States Mint logo.
Both the obverse (heads side) and the reverse (tails side) of the Millard Fillmore Presidential $1 Coin were designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor–Engraver Don Everhart. The obverse design features Fillmore’s dramatic portrait and the inscriptions MILLARD FILLMORE, IN GOD WE TRUST, 13TH PRESIDENT and 1850–1853. The reverse design–common to all Presidential $1 Coins–features a striking rendition of the Statue of Liberty, the coin’s face value and the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The inscriptions 2010, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the mint of origin are incused on the coin’s edge.
Customers also may order the Millard Fillmore Presidential $1 Coins by calling 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing– and speech–impaired customers may call 1–888–321–MINT (6468). A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders. As an added convenience, customers may also sign up for the Presidential $1 Coin Two–Roll Set Subscription to receive future rolls of the coins as they are released. Visit http://www.usmint.gov/catalog for more information about this convenient ordering method.
Millard Fillmore was born in a log cabin on January 7, 1800, in Locke (now Summerhill), New York. After studying with a county judge, he began to practice law in 1823. In 1828, Fillmore entered politics, serving as a New York state assemblyman and later in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he chaired the powerful Committee on Ways and Means. While comptroller of New York, he was elected to serve as President Zachary Taylor’s vice president in 1848. Upon Taylor’s death in July 1850, Fillmore became President. After two unsuccessful bids for election to the presidency in his own right, Fillmore retired to Buffalo, New York, where he died on March 8, 1874.
The United States Mint, which was created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage. Its primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to the official on–sale date and time of February 18, 2010, noon ET, shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored. For more information, please review the United States Mint’s Frequently Asked Questions, Answer ID #175.