WASHINGTON — Sales of the United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set (James Buchanan) will open at noon Eastern Time (ET) on September 23. Orders will be accepted at the United States Mint’s online catalog, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, or at the toll–free number, 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing– and speech–impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1–888–321–MINT (6468). In addition to the cost of the set – $11.95 each – an additional fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders to cover shipping and handling costs.
The United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set (James Buchanan) contains an uncirculated James Buchanan Presidential $1 Coin and a First Spouse Bronze Medal bearing the likeness featured on the “Buchanan’s Liberty” First Spouse Gold Coin. In the case of President Buchanan, who served without a spouse, the First Spouse Bronze Medal’s obverse (heads side) design features a reproduction of the Liberty Head Quarter Eagle designed by Christian Gobrecht, and minted and issued from 1840 to 1907. The reverse (tails side) design, by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Associate Designer David Westwood, depicts the future President as a boy, working as a bookkeeper in his family’s small country store.
The United States Mint, 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 noon ET on September 23, 2010, 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.