WASHINGTON – Presidential $1 Coins struck in honor of Martin Van Buren will go on sale November 13, 2008, at noon Eastern Time. Dubbed “The Red Fox of Kinderhook” for his red hair, political acumen and birthplace in New York, Martin Van Buren is the eighth President honored in the multi-year program. Produced at the United States Mint facilities in Denver and Philadelphia, the Presidential $1 Coins are intended for use in routine financial transactions.
The Martin Van Buren Presidential $1 Coin will be available in 25-coin rolls for $35.95 and in 250-coin bags for $319.95. Packaging for the bags and rolls displays the mint of origin, the monetary value of the contents, and the official United States Mint logo.
The United States Mint will inaugurate this latest release in the Presidential $1 Coin Program at the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site in Kinderhook, New York, on Friday, December 5, which is Van Buren's birthday. Following the ceremony, children under 18 years old in attendance will receive a free Martin Van Buren Presidential $1 Coin.
The obverse of the Martin Van Buren Presidential $1 Coin was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Artist Joel Iskowitz and executed by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. The reverse design, by Don Everhart, is a dramatic interpretation of the Statue of Liberty, portrayed on all the Presidential $1 Coins. Incused on the coin's edge are the inscriptions "2008," "E Pluribus Unum," "In God We Trust" and mint mark.
To order bags and rolls of the Martin Van Buren Presidential $1 Coin, visit the United States Mint's secure Web site at www.usmint.gov, or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Please add $4.95 for shipping and handling for all domestic orders.
Customers may enroll in the United States Mint's Online Subscription Program to receive future bags and rolls of Presidential $1 Coins and other designated products as they are released. Visit www.usmint.gov for details about this convenient ordering method.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, orders placed prior to noon (Eastern Time) November 13, 2008, shall not be deemed accepted by the United States Mint and will not be honored.
Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)