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Four more presidential coins on tap

December 27, 2007|From the Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Coming soon on new presidential dollar coins -- Old Hickory, Old Kinderhook, Old Man Eloquent and the Last of the Cocked Hats.

The U.S. Mint, maker of the nation's coins, today will unveil the stately images of the next four presidents whose faces will appear on the front of the shiny gold-colored dollar coins next year. James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren will be the additions to the presidential dollar coin series that started with George Washington in February.

Monroe, the nation's fifth president, who was nicknamed the Last of the Cocked Hats -- a reference to the hat worn by soldiers of the American Revolution -- will be the first of the 2008 presidential coins. The Monroe dollar coin will come out Feb. 14.

Up next: Adams, the country's sixth president, who was nicknamed Old Man Eloquent because of his long speeches. It will be released May 15.

The dollar coin with the likeness of Old Hickory, the moniker for seventh president Jackson because of his leadership in the War of 1812, will debut Aug. 14.

The Van Buren dollar coin, honoring the eighth president, will come out Nov. 13. One of his nicknames, Old Kinderhook, was a reference to his hometown in New York.

More than 800 million presidential coins were put into circulation in 2007, the Mint said.

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