By YVONNE DENNIS
Designs Prove Popular, And a New Penny Is Set for
|James Monroe dollar
coin (top); and the proposed penny back
presidential $1 coin is on a roll. In less than
a year, it has outsold and outcirculated its two
most recent predecessors, the Sacagawea and
Susan B. Anthony coins. "I think it all boils
down to dollar coins have become more useful.
It's also because of the rotating design," says
U.S. Mint Director Edmund Moy. Below, a look at
the newest $1 coin and penny designs.
The fifth design
in the presidential $1 coin series -- James
Monroe -- is set to make its debut on
Valentine's Day. Previous coins featured George
Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and
James Madison. While experts say it is
impossible to predict future collecting value of
the presidential coins, they agree that the
novelty of the series and its limited run
provide unique potential.
another move likely to interest collectors, the
U.S. Mint plans to honor Abraham Lincoln with
four new reverse-side designs for the penny
throughout 2009 to mark the 200th anniversary of
Lincoln's birth. The first design will pay
tribute to the birth of Lincoln; the second will
reflect his boyhood in southern Indiana; the
third (left) will deal with his professional
life in Illinois and the fourth, his presidency.