Today the United States Mint unveiled the designs for the upcoming 2009 Presidential Dollars. Next year’s coins will honor the Presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, and Zachary Taylor.
Next year the motto “In God We Trust” will be moved to more prominent placement on the obverse of the coin. Placement of the motto on the edge lettering of the coin had caused some initial public confusion, including an email-chain campaign to boycott the dollars. The date, mint mark, and “E Pluribus Unum” will still be featured on the incuse edge lettering of the coins.
The reverse design featuring the Statue of Liberty that has been used in prior years will remain unchanged and continue to be used.
The following are the designs released by the US Mint. You can click on any image for a larger size version.
William Henry Harrison Dollar
Designed and Sculpted by Joseph Menna
John Tyler Dollar
Designed and Sculpted by Phebe Hemphill
James K. Polk Dollar
Designed by Susan Gamble and Sculpted by Charles Vickers
Zachary Taylor Dollar
Designed and Sculpted by Don Everhart