Earlier this week, the United States Mint released the latest coin in the ongoing Presidential $1 Coin Program, this time featuring our 15th President, James Buchanan (1857-61). To coincide with the release, a launch ceremony was held on the grounds of Buchanan’s former home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and sales of numismatic rolls began at the U.S. Mint. The coins are packaged in specially designed wrappers which indicate the issue, mint mark, and face value of the contents. The rolls are priced at $35.95 each (plus applicable shipping and handling charges), and can be purchased online.
Never mind the fact that Buchanan is widely viewed as one of the worst U.S. leaders in history, finishing dead last on C-SPAN’s 2009 Presidential Leadership Survey, ranked below the likes of Millard Fillmore, Warren G. Harding, William Henry Harrison, Franklin D. Pierce, Andrew Johnson, and of course, George W. Bush, who we named Failure of the Year in 2005, and also figured prominently in Failure of the Year 2003, 2004, and 2008.
Fortunately, the next dollar coin will honor Abraham Lincoln, generally regarded as the most successful Commander in Chief in our nation’s history. The general circulation release date for the Abraham Lincoln Dollar Coin has been set for November 18, 2010.