• 1 Dollar 2008, KM# 429, United States of America (USA), Presidential $1 Coin Program, Martin Van Buren, Obverse
  • 1 Dollar 2008, KM# 429, United States of America (USA), Presidential $1 Coin Program, Martin Van Buren, Reverse
Description

The United States is honoring Nation's Presidents by issuing $1 coins featuring their images in the order that they served. The Program began in 2007. Four coins are to come out each year until all former presidents (non-living) have been minted. Only one depiction for each president will be made — no matter how many terms they served — with the sole exception of Grover Cleveland, who will receive a different depiction on 2 separate coins since he served 2 non-consecutive terms.

Issue date: 13.11.2008.

Obverse

Martin Van Buren (December 5, 1782 – July 24, 1862) was an American politician who served as the eighth President of the United States (1837–1841). Van Buren was blamed for the depression of 1837; hostile newspapers called him "Martin Van Ruin". In foreign affairs, he wanted the United States not to annex Texas.

Designers: Joel Iskowitz (JI) and Phebe Hemphill (PH).

MARTIN VAN BUREN
8th PRESIDENT 1837-1841
JI PH

Reverse

Striking rendition of the Statue of Liberty, a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York City, in the United States. The Statue is the work of sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, who enlisted the assistance of engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower.

The Statue of Liberty was completed in 1884 in France and shipped to the United States in June 1885, having been disassembled into 350 individual pieces that were packed in over 200 crates for the transatlantic voyage. In four months’ time, it was re-assembled in New York Harbor, standing just over 151 feet from the top of the statue’s base to the tip of the torch her right hand holds high above the waters of New York Harbor.

Originally intended as a gift to celebrate the American Centennial in 1876, the Statue of Liberty was given to the United States as a symbol of the friendship forged between the new American government and the government of France during the American Revolutionary War.

Designer: Don Everhart (DE).

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
$1
DE

Edge

Inscribed along the edge of the coin is the year of minting or issuance of the coin, the mint mark, and also the legends "In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum". E Pluribus Unum — Latin for "Out of many, one" — is a phrase on the Seal of the United States. Never codified by law, E Pluribus Unum was considered a de facto motto of the United States until 1956 when the United States Congress passed an act (H. J. Resolution 396), adopting "In God We Trust" as the official motto.

Position A: edge lettering reads upside-down when the president's portrait faces up.
Position B: edge lettering reads normally when the president's portrait faces up.

E PLURIBUS UNUM • IN GOD WE TRUST • 2008 P •

Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Circulating)
Material Manganese Brass
Weight 8.1 g
Diameter 26.49 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape round
Alignment Coin
Mints
Denver Mint (D)
Philadelphia Mint (P)
San Francisco Mint (S)

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