Presidential Coins as an Investment: Market Trends

A special series of dollar coins bearing the portraits of American presidents was produced by the US Mint between 2007 and 2016. Every American president, from Washington to Reagan, has had his likeness printed on legal tender. Here are ten facts about this specially created set of coins that you probably didn’t know

10 Facts About the Presidential Coins

1. The words “In God We Trust” are printed on the edges of the first ten coins in the series. But this design was rejected everywhere on the internet. By the end of 2007, Congress had learned its lesson and changed the law to require that the phrase “In God, We Trust” be printed on either the obverse or the reverse (also known as the “heads” or “tails”) of all future coins. The phrase was moved to the obverse of the coin for the ninth coin in the program, the 2009 William Henry Harrison.

2. According to the Coinage Act of 1792, coins must have a side that features an image of liberty, the word “Liberty,” and the year they were struck. The word “Liberty” does not appear on the coins because it was decided that the portrait of the Statue of Liberty on the coin’s tail was sufficient.

3. On February 15, 2007, in observance of Presidents’ Day, the 2007 George Washington, the first coin in the program, was made available to the general public.

4. For a President to be eligible, their passing must have occurred at least two years before the coin was produced. The following presidents were therefore ineligible: Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. George W. Bush signed the bill authorizing the production of the coins, but he did not own a coin.

5. Grover Cleveland has two coins because he is the only president in American history to have held office for two separate terms. Cleveland’s birth name was Stephen Grover Cleveland, but the word “Stephen” is missing from both coins.

6. At least 50,000 of the Washington and Adams 2007 Presidential Dollars went on sale without edge lettering. These coins can bring in a lot more money at an auction than their face value.

7. There is no gold in the golden dollar. It combines copper, zinc, nickel, and manganese uniquely. Because of the way it is written, vending machines that take Susan B. Anthony dollars can read it. The silver and gold dollars have the same electromagnetic signature based on their chemical makeup.

SEE: 1979 Susan B Anthony Dollar Value

8. A paper dollar bill has a life expectancy of about 18 months, whereas a dollar coin has a life expectancy of about 30 years. The United States government would save about $5.5 billion over 30 years if the dollar were only available in coins.

9. The only dollar coins with two dates, 1841 and 1881, are those of James A. Garfield and William Henry Harrison. Both passed away while in office—Harrison after only 31 days and Garfield after 6 1/2 months.

10. Additionally, a law honoring George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, was passed by Congress in 2020. As a result, only uncirculated coins were made and sold to collectors directly. This law also allowed the production of the Barbara Bush gold medal and bronze commemorative medal. The only exception to this one-year extension was George and Barbara Bush.

Coin Market Analysis

Since the mint produced millions of presidential dollar coins, which were never used in regular commerce, they are easily accessible at your preferred coin dealer. Uncirculated coins are also inexpensive and widely accessible for little more than face value. 

SEE: 1896 Silver Dollar Value

Key Dates, Rarities, and Varieties

The value of the following Presidential dollar coins is significantly higher than that of regular Presidential dollars, and Counterfeiters frequently modify common Presidential Dollars to create fake error coins. So, before you rejoice over your newfound wealth, have the coin verified by an established coin dealer or third-party grading service.

  • 2007 Washington: Missing edge lettering
  • 2007-P J Adams: Double-edge lettering
  • 2007 J Adams: Missing edge lettering

Mint Marks

Philadelphia (P), Denver (D), and San Francisco (P) were the three mints where Presidential dollars were produced by the United States Mint (S: Proof only). The mint mark is situated on the coin’s edge, right after the year.

5 Most Valuable Presidential Dollar Coins Worth Money

Here are the 5 most valued presidential dollar coins you should consider. As a collector, you should add them to your collection while they are still available.

1. 2007-P Washington (Broad Strike)

Given that it is the first presidential dollar coin that the US has ever released, most collectors should be interested in it. These coins will be profitable for you because of their long history. The government permitted people to purchase boxes containing these coins worth $250.

One could purchase them without paying the postage costs for the face value price. They are not very rare in the market right now. As a result, getting them will be simple for a miner or collector, especially the circulated grades.

The high-mint grade versions, however, are difficult to locate. The coin is more appealing because of its wide strike error on the obverse.

Depending on the condition, the average price of the coins is 575 USD.

2. 2007-S Washington Proof

These dollars are worth a fortune because of their rarity, just like any other proof coin. Additionally, they have a high coin rating when they are at their best. The PCGS assigns a PR of 70 to the best version. Any coin collector would want to possess a coin with a PR of 70. These coins have excellent finishing and numerous important details on both sides. They were carefully crafted by artisans using unique dies.

Their costs range from 14.95 to approximately 329 USD, depending on the quality.

3. 2007 Washington (Without Edge Lettering)

The profits from these coins in high-grade or uncirculated varieties are yours to keep. Buyers will become aware of the errors. But will decrease the dollar’s value. Keep in mind that the mint has stated that the value of the coins with this error will increase over time. Most collectors today are drawn to dollar coins, which are still in circulation. The coins are available for a great price on the market or in your change. If it has a shiny luster, few blemishes, and excellent condition, cherish it. 

These coins can be purchased for about 17,625 USD in their best condition.

SEE: 1922 Peace Dollar Value

4. 2007 John Adams (Without Edge Lettering)

The errors on these coins were some of the first to appear on presidential coins. The Philadelphia Mint produced them without edge lettering. As you may recall, the mint sent this letter as a P-mark. Collectors look for mintage errors to complete their collections even though they don’t affect the coin’s value. When they are uncirculated, they sell for a lot of money. The Philadelphia Mint produced around 112,420,000 coins. These coins are still in large quantities today. Therefore, the lower coin grades don’t have much worth.

The coin costs about 141,000 USD in the highest mint grade.

5. 2007-S John Adams’ Proof

You’ll adore this coin’s excellent luster before selling it. Additionally, the coins have no flaws at all. It will make any collector happy to include this gem in their collection. Remember that the San Francisco Mint did not have any circulation and only produced them for collectors. The other two mints never produced the proof version of the coin in Philadelphia and Denver. Expect them to eventually sell for even more money as well. It’s because as the coin market changes, they’ll grow scarcer.

Prices start at 4 USD in PR 65 and go up to over 100,000 USD.

Average Circulated and Uncirculated Values and Prices

The buying price, the typical price a coin dealer sells them for, should be used as a guide when purchasing Presidential $1 coins. The sell value of a coin is what you can anticipate receiving from a coin dealer when you decide to sell it. Of course, the precise grade of the coin and other factors that affect its value will affect the actual offer you receive from a specific coin dealer for your Presidential dollars. The coins are not necessarily exceedingly rare if a column only shows a “-” instead of a price or value. 

Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. Sell Unc. BuyUnc. Sell
2007-P WashingtonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2007-D WashingtonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2007 Washington Missing Edge Lettering $50.00$25.00
2007-S Washington Proof $6.00$2.50
2007-P J AdamsF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2007-D J AdamsF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2007-J Adams Missing Edge Lettering $140.00$70.00
2007-P J Adams Double Edge Lettering $46.00$21.00
2007-S J Adams Proof $6.00$2.50
2007-P JeffersonF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2007-D JeffersonF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2007-S Jefferson Proof $6.00$2.50
2007-P MadisonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2007-D MadisonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2007-S Madison Proof $5.60$2.50
Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. Sell Unc. BuyUnc. Sell
2008-P MonroeF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2008-D MonroeF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2008-S Monroe Proof $6.20$2.50
2008-P J Q AdamsF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2008-D J Q AdamsF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2008-S J Q Adams Proof $6.00F.V.
2008-P JacksonF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2008-D JacksonF.V.F.V. $3.10F.V.
2008-S Jackson Proof $5.80$2.50
2008-P Van BurenF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2008-D Van BurenF.V.F.V. $3.10F.V.
2008-S Van Buren Proof $6.20$2.50
2009-P HarrisonF.V.F.V. $3.10F.V.
2009-D HarrisonF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2009-S Harrison Proof $6.00$2.50
2009-P TylerF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2009-D TylerF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2009-S Tyler Proof $6.00$2.50
2009-P PolkF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2009-D PolkF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2009-S Polk Proof $6.00$2.50
2009-P TaylorF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2009-D TaylorF.V.F.V. $3.30 
2009-S Taylor Proof $5.50$2.50
Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. Sell Unc. BuyUnc. Sell
2010-P FillmoreF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2010-D FillmoreF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2010-S Fillmore Proof $6.00$2.50
2010-P PierceF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2010-D PierceF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2010-S Pierce Proof $6.00$2.50
2010-P BuchananF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2010-D BuchananF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2010-S Buchanan Proof $6.00$2.50
2010-P LincolnF.V.F.V. $3.10F.V.
2010-D LincolnF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2010-S Lincoln Proof $6.00$2.50
2011-P JohnsonF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2011-D JohnsonF.V.F.V. $3.10F.V.
2011-S Johnson Proof $6.00$2.50
2011-P GrantF.V.F.V. $3.20F.V.
2011-D GrantF.V.F.V. $3.10F.V.
2011-S Grant Proof $6.00$2.50
2011-P HayesF.V.F.V. $3.30F.V.
2011-D HayesF.V.F.V. $3.10F.V.
2011-S Hayes Proof $6.00$2.50
2011-P GarfieldF.V.F.V. $3.10F.V.
2011-D GarfieldF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2011-S Garfield Proof $6.00$2.50
Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. Sell Unc. BuyUnc. Sell
2012-P ArthurF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2012-D ArthurF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2012-S Arthur Proof $7.00$3.00
2012-P Cleveland 1st TermF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2012-D Cleveland 1st TermF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2012-S Cleveland 1st Term Proof $7.00$3.00
2012-P HarrisonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2012-D HarrisonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2012-S Harrison Proof $7.00$3.00
2012-P Cleveland 2nd TermF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2012-D Cleveland 2nd TermF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2012-S Cleveland 2nd Term Proof $7.00$3.00
2013-P McKinleyF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2013-D McKinleyF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2013-S McKinley Proof $5.00$2.50
2013-P Theodore RooseveltF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2013-D Theodore RooseveltF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2013-S Theodore Roosevelt Proof $6.00$2.50
2013-P TaftF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2013-D TaftF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2013-S Taft Proof $6.00$2.40
2013-P WilsonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2013-D WilsonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2013-S Wilson Proof $6.00$2.50
Date & MintCirc. BuyCirc. Sell Unc. BuyUnc. Sell
2014-P HardingF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2014-D HardingF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2014-S Harding Proof $6.00$2.50
2014-P CoolidgeF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2014-D CoolidgeF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2014-S Coolidge Proof $6.00$2.50
2014-P HooverF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2014-D HooverF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2014-S Hoover Proof $6.00$2.50
2014-P Franklin RooseveltF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2014-D Franklin RooseveltF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2014-S Franklin Roosevelt Proof $6.00$2.50
2015-P TrumanF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2015-P Truman Rev. ProofF.V.F.V. $175.00$150.00
2015-D TrumanF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2015-S Truman Proof $6.00$2.50
2015-P EisenhowerF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2015-P Eisenhower Rev. ProofF.V.F.V. $100.00$70.00
2015-D EisenhowerF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2015-S Eisenhower Proof $6.00$2.50
2015-P KennedyF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2015-P Kennedy Rev. ProofF.V.F.V. $50.00$30.00
2015-D KennedyF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2015-S Kennedy Proof $6.00$2.50
2015-P JohnsonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2015-P Johnson Rev. ProofF.V.F.V. $50.00$30.00
2015-D JohnsonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2015-S Johnson Proof $6.00$2.50
2016-P NixonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2016-D NixonF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2016-S Nixon Proof $6.00$2.50
2016-P FordF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2016-D FordF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2016-S Ford Proof $6.00$2.50
2016-P ReaganF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2016-P Reagan Rev. ProofF.V.F.V. $30.00$20.00
2016-D ReaganF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2016-S Reagan Proof $6.00$2.50
2020-P BushF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.
2020-D BushF.V.F.V. $3.00F.V.

Are Presidential Coins Worth Collecting?

The value of collecting Presidential Coins depends on the collector’s personal interest and investment goals.

One advantage of collecting Presidential Coins is their historical significance and cultural value. They are a celebration of American leadership and innovation, with each coin representing a U.S. President and their unique legacy.

Another advantage is that these coins are readily available and can be found at a reasonable cost. This makes them an accessible option for collectors who may not be able to afford rarer or more expensive coins.

The market for Presidential Coins can be unpredictable. While some rare or graded coins may fetch a high price, others may not hold their value over time. It’s important to research market trends and consult with experienced collectors or dealers before making a significant investment.

However, one main disadvantage of collecting Presidential Coins is that their intrinsic value is not very high.

Presidential Coins are legal tender coins issued by the U.S. Mint and are widely available for purchase. They are typically made from a copper core with a layer of manganese brass and are not made from precious metals. This means that their intrinsic value is not very high.

However, some rare or graded Presidential Coins can fetch a higher price in the collector’s market. For example, coins with errors or varieties are often sought after by collectors. Additionally, limited-edition sets or proofs can also hold significant value.

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