This article was originally printed in the latest issue of Numismatic News.
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Most schoolchildren would probably ask, “Franklin who?” when told about the nation’s 14th President.
But kids who attended a May 20 ceremony in Concord, N.H., not only found out who Franklin Pierce was, they also were given a free Presidential dollar as the coin made its official debut.
Leading the unveiling ceremony was Andy Brunhart, deputy director of the U.S. Mint.
“Starting today, millions of coins bearing former President Franklin Pierce’s image will enter into circulation,” he said. “As these coins move from hand to hand, they will be a reminder of his contribution to our great nation.”
Collector rolls became available on the same date through the U.S. Mint’s website and its telephone order number.
Peter Wallner the library director of the New Hampshire Historical Society joined Brunhart at the Pierce Manse, the former President’s home, for a ceremonial pour of the new coins.
Also on the dignitary list was James F. Birge, president of the university.
Co-hosting the ceremony was Franklin Pierce University and the Pierce Brigade.
Rolls of 25 uncirculated coins are priced at $35.95 each. Both Denver and Philadelphia rolls are available. To order, visit www.usmint.gov or telephone (800) USA-MINT.
The portrait on the Pierce Presidential dollar was done by Artistic Infusion Program master designer Susan Gamble and executed by sculptor-engraver Charles L. Vickers, the Mint said.
Pierce served as President 1853-1857.