2009 Tyler $1 Coin and Julia Medal Set

The 2009 Tyler $1 Coin and Julia Medal Set is the second Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set to include a strike featuring the tenth President of the United States John Tyler.

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That is because John was actually married to two different individuals during his Presidency. When elected, John was married to Letitia, however, she passed away during the second year of his term. He then married Julia while still President, making her the second First Lady of his administration.

The Presidential Coin Act of 2005, which authorized the coins, makes allowances for such occupancies by stipulating that each spouse be honored on a separate coin and medal. Thus, John Tyler’s coin is included on this Tyler Coin and Julia Medal Set and the previous Tyler Coin and Letitia Medal Set.

Presidential Coin & Spouse Medal Sets

Typically, four Presidents and their associated spouses are honored annually by the US Mint with these coins and sets. However, allowing for a situation such as the John Tyler Presidency in which two spouses are associated with him, the Mint may release more than four of these Presidential Coin and Medal Sets in a year. Those honored in 2007, 2008 and 2009 are shown below.

  • 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
  • 2009 – William Henry Harrison and Anna Harrison
  • 2009 – John Tyler and Letitia Tyler
  • 2009 – John Tyler and Julia Tyler
  • 2009 – James K. Polk and Sarah Polk
  • 2009 – Zachary Taylor and Margaret Taylor

For situations in which the President served without a spouse, the authorizing legislation dictates that an image of the mythical figure of Liberty be used instead. Examples of this include the 2007 Thomas Jefferson and Liberty Set and the 2008 Andrew Jackson and Liberty Set.

Issue Information

The John Tyler Presidential $1 Coin and the Julia Tyler Bronze Medal are each mounted on a plastic card imprinted with colorful images of both honored individuals.

Release Date

The United States Mint released the Tyler Coin and Julia Medal Set on August 25, 2009.

Issue Price

The US Mint released the Tyler Set for $8.95 each.

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

Phebe Hemphill designed and sculpted the portrait of John Tyler found on the obverse (heads side) of the Presidential $1 Coin. The reverse (tails side) of all of the Presidential $1 Coins show an image of the Statue of Liberty. It was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.

A portrait of Julia Tyler is featured on the obverse of the bronze medal replica of the First Spouse Gold Coin. It was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Don Everhart. Iskowitz and Everhart also teamed up for the reverse which shows Julia and her husband John dancing at a White House Ball.

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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