2009 Tyler $1 Coin and Letitia Medal Set

The 2009 Tyler $1 Coin and Letitia Medal Set was the second set of 2009 to contain strikes representing the Presidential $1 Coin Series and the First Spouse Gold Coin Series(the latter in the form of a bronze medal replica).

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This set also represents the tenth for the program as a whole which began in 2007 as part of the Presidential Coin Act of 2005. However, making this set somewhat unique is the fact that it marks the first time a Presidential $1 Coin included in the set will appear in another. That is because John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States was married to Letitia when he assumed office, but she passed halfway through his term. John then married Julia while he was still President.

As such, both spouses are featured on different First Spouse Coins and medals and will be issued separately.

Presidential Coin & Spouse Medal Sets

The Presidential $1 Coins are issued on a schedule based on the order in which they served. The Spouse Coins and Medals are then linked to that schedule and released shortly after the associated President’s coin. Those individuals honored by both programs 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

If a President served without a spouse (such as Thomas Jefferson) and image of Liberty will be used on the Spouse Coins and Medals instead of an actual person.

Issue Information

The John Tyler Presidential $1 Coin and the Letitia 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 Letitia Medal Set on July 14, 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.

Phebe Hemphill also designed and sculpted the portrait of Letitia found on the obverse of the First Spouse Medal. The reverse shows a younger Letitia playing with her two oldest children behind their Cedar Grove Plantation. It was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Norm Nemeth.

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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