For the changing programs, the 2013 Presidential $1 Coins will honor the presidencies of William McKinley (the 25th President), Theodore Roosevelt (26th, whose “Pet Crime” gave us better coin designs), William Howard Taft (27th, the only president to become Chief Justice of the Supreme Court), and Woodrow Wilson (28th president). Although there are interesting stories about earlier presidents, “modern” United States history is usually taught beginning either McKinley or Roosevelt—which is unfortunate because many people could learn a lot from post-reconstruction politics.One of the most under-appreciated designs have been those for the Native American $1 Coin. Using the obverse of the original Sacagawea Dollar, the reverse has been changing since 2009 to honor the history and other contributions made by native Americans. Aside from honoring their important contributions, the designs have been wonderful. In 2013, the reverse design commemorates the Delaware Treaty of 1778. The design features a turkey, howling wolf, and a turtle as the symbols of the clans of the Delaware Tribes, and 13 stars to represent the colonies. Not only are these great designs but they make wonderful education pieces that should gain more attention when congress does the right thing and eliminates the paper dollar note.
Finally, there are the two commemorative coin programs for 2013: the 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Program and the Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar. The 5-Star Generals commemoratives will feature a $5 Gold Coin honoring General Douglas MacArthur, a Silver Dollar honoring Generals George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and a Clad Half-Dollar honoring Generals Henry “Hap” Arnold and Omar N. Bradley. Surcharges will be paid to the United States Army Command and General Staff College.The 2013 Girl Scouts of the USA Centennial Silver Dollar honors the organization’s founding by Juliette Gordon Low in Savannah, Georgia on March 12, 1912. Low founded the Girl Scouts a year after meeting Sir Robert Baden-Power, founder of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in England. When Low returned to Savannah, she put the concept in motion. According to the Girl Scouts’ website, “On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low gathered 18 girls to register the first troop of American Girl Guides. Margaret ‘Daisy Doots’ Gordon, her niece and namesake, was the first registered member. The name of the organization was changed to Girl Scouts the following year.” Surcharges from the sales of this coin will be paid to the Girl Scouts for program development and delivery.
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All coin images courtesy of the U.S. Mint.