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Mint releases 2016 Nixon, Ford dollar designs

Collectors will have to wait until Feb. 6, 2016, to find out what the final Presidential dollar will look like.

Obverse of the 2016 Nixon Presidential dollar.

Obverse of the 2016 Nixon Presidential dollar.

It will honor Ronald Reagan and the date marks the 105th birthday of the late 40th President.

Designs for the other two coins to be issued in 2016 have been released.

The Richard M. Nixon design was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart, U.S. Mint sculptor-engaver.

Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill did the Gerald R. Ford portrait.

These are the final three coins of the Presidential dollar series that began in 2007.

Jimmy Carter and the other living ex Presidents will not be honored with coins.

High hopes and excitement at the outset of the series soon gave way to criticism thanks to the placement of the date, mintmark “E Pluribus Unum” and the “In God We Trust” national motto on the edge.

Obverse of the Ford Presidential dollar.

Obverse of the Ford Presidential dollar.

Internet rumors almost immediately alleged the motto had been deliberately dropped, or the coins were Godless. This prompted modifications. “In God We Trust” was moved from edge to obverse in 2009, but the date, mintmark and “E Pluribus Unum” remained on the edge.

Some early coins were indeed missing God as the pieces somehow skipped the stage of production where the edge inscriptions were applied. These were popular with error collectors.

Despite the attention drawn by Presidential dollars, few Americans wanted to use them. When more than one billion backed up in Federal Reserve vaults, production for circulation was suspended in late 2011.

The Statue of Liberty common reverse, design was also done by Everhart.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News Express.
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