At the Jefferson Memorial Aug. 15, U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy offered the public new Thomas Jefferson dollar coins, a day before the coins were scheduled for release into the banking system.
Moy was joined at the dollar debuting event by Thomas Jefferson re-enactor Rob Coles, a great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Jefferson.
The third U.S. President, Jefferson is famous for drafting the Declaration of Independence when he was 33. During his presidency he completed the Louisiana Purchase and commissioned the celebrated Lewis and Clark expedition into that new territory.
The 2007 Jefferson dollar features his portrait on the obverse, designed by U.S. Mint medallic artist Joe Menna, and a view of the Statue of Liberty on the reverse by Mint scutptor-engraver Don Everhart. As with the Washington and Adams dollars before it, on the edge are inscriptions “E Pluribus Unum,” “In God We Trust” and the mintmark.
After remarks, Moy handed out examples of Jefferson dollars to children, and Mint staff exchanged 25-coin rolls for $25 in paper money.
Bags and rolls of the Thomas Jefferson dollars went on sale from the Mint at noon Eastern Time Aug. 16.
Prices are $35.95 for 25-coin rolls and $319.95 for 250-coin bags.
A standard shipping charge of $4.95 is added to each order from the Mint.