2008 Monroe $1 Coin and Medal Set

The 2008 Monroe $1 Coin and Medal Set marked the first such set to be released in 2008, but the fifth to be issued by the US Mint including the previous year.

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These sets are released to honor the former Presidents of the United States and their spouses and are issued based on the order in which the President served in office. Included in each set is an uncirculated Presidential $1 Coin representing a former President and a bronze medal replica of a First Spouse Gold Coin representing his wife.

Both the coins and medals were authorized by the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005.

Presidential Coin & Spouse Medal Sets

The US Mint typically releases four Presidential Coin and Spouse Medal Sets annually. Shown below is the list of those honored in 2007 and 2008 in their correct order:

  • 2007 – George Washington and Martha Washington
  • 2007 – John Adams and Abigail Adams
  • 2007 – Thomas Jefferson and Liberty
  • 2007 – James Madison and Dolley Madison
  • 2008 – James Monroe and Elizabeth Monroe
  • 2008 – John Quincy Adams and Louisa Adams
  • 2008 – Andrew Jackson and Liberty
  • 2008 – Martin Van Buren and Liberty

As shown by several examples above, if the President served without a spouse, an image of the mythical figure of Liberty will be used instead.

Issue Information

The Monroe Coin and Medal are each mounted in a plastic card showing colorful images of both honored person.

Release Date

The United States Mint released the Monroe Coin and Medal Set on August 6, 2008.

Issue Price

Issue price on the Monroe Set is listed at $7.95.

U.S. Mint Production Facility

The uncirculated Presidential Coin included in the set was minted at the US Mint’s facility in Philadelphia.

Designer & Sculptor / Engraver

The James Monroe portrait found on the obverse (heads side) of the Presidential $1 Coin was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The reverse (tails side) of the coin features an image of the Statue of Liberty (as does all of the Presidential Coins) and was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.

Joel Iskowitz designed the portrait of Elizabeth Monroe found on the obverse of the medal. It was sculpted by Don Everhart. The reverse shows Elizabeth at a White House reception held after it reopened following being burned by the British in the War of 1812. It was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

Coin Specifications

Face Value: $1
Finish: Uncirculated
Composition: 88.5% Cu,
6% Zn,
3.5% Mn,
2% Ni
Standard Weight: 8.1 g
Standard Diameter: 1.043 in. or
26.49 mm
Edge: Lettered

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