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2009: USA - US President $1 - James K Polk

Price: $ 5.00
MPN: US Coins Box
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2009: USA - US President $1 - James K Polk (1845-1849)

The United States honored the Nation’s Presidents by issuing $1 coins featuring their images in the order that they served. The Presidential $1 Coin Program launched in 2007.

James K. Polk, America’s 11th President, was born in 1795 in North Carolina. When he was a young boy, his family moved to the wilderness of Tennessee to establish a plantation there. Trained as a lawyer, he served 6 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, including 4 years as Speaker of the House. After leaving the House, he served as Tennessee governor.

Polk was a strong proponent of “Manifest Destiny,” the belief that the United States had the right to expand throughout the entire continent. He oversaw the growth of the country by more than 1 million square miles during his time in office, including the annexation of present-day Oregon and Washington from Great Britain. Through war with Mexico and the subsequent Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, California and New Mexico were added, and a Texas border on the Rio Grande was established.

A hard worker who rarely delegated even minor tasks, he hardly took a day of vacation while President. Having pledged to serve just 1 term, he left office exhausted from the strains of the presidency. He died in Nashville, Tenn., in 1849, just 3 and a half months after leaving office.

Obverse Design and Inscriptions

  • JAMES K POLK
  • 11TH PRESIDENT 1845-1849

Reverse Design and Inscriptions

  • STATUE OF LIBERTY
  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • $1

Incused (edge) Inscriptions

  • 2009
  • E PLURIBUS UNUM
  • IN GOD WE TRUST
  • mint mark 

Image provided is showing coin design.  Coin is in extremely fine to uncirculated condition, ex roll.  It is not unusual for coins to have a mark or two.  If any questions, we are happy to provide a scan of the coin before purchase.