The John Tyler dollar was formally introduced May 19 at the Virginia home of the 10th President of the United States near Charles City.
Welcoming guests to the debut ceremony was Harrison Tyler, a grandson of the former president, at Sherwood Forest, the 10th President’s plantation and a home still used by his descendants.
Heading the official delegation was Andy Brunhart, the U.S. Mint deputy director.
“Americans will be reminded of President Tyler’s contributions each time they use the coin, and we hope that will be often,” Brunhart said. “They also are great teaching tools,” he added.
After the official pour from a bag of dollars, Brunhart and Tyler gave each child under 18 years of age a free coin to mark the occasion.
Collectors were not given the opportunity to purchase the new dollar coins on site. There was no coin exchange at the event.
Twenty-five coin rolls of the Tyler Presidential $1 went on sale on the Mint’s Web site two days later for $35.95 each. Visit www.usmint.gov, or telephone (800) USA-MINT, to place orders.