The Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar represented the fourth and final release of the Presidential $1 Coin Program for the year 2015. This was the thirty-sixth release for the program overall.
Lyndon B. Johnson or “LBJ” served six years in the House of Representatives followed by twelve years in the Senate. He became the vice president under John F. Kennedy and succeeded the Presidency after Kennedy’s assassination. After completing Kennedy’s term, he was elected President in his own right in the 1964 election.
The obverse design of the Lyndon B. Johnson Dollar features a portrait of the former President designed by Michael Guadioso with the inscriptions “Lyndon B. Johnson”, “In God We Trust”, “36th President”, and “1963-1969”. The reverse design by Don Everhart features an image of the Statue of Liberty with inscriptions “United States” and “$1”. This reverse design has been used in common through all issues of the program. Incused edge lettering includes the date, mint mark, and motto “E Pluribus Unum”.
Following the decision of the Treasury Department made in late 2011, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollars were not released for general circulation. Rather the coins were only available within numismatic products offered by the United States Mint. On August 18, the Mint offered bags and rolls of circulating quality versions of the coin. This was supplemented by proof and uncirculated versions of the coin made available within various annual set products.
On October 27, the US Mint offered the 2015 Lyndon B. Johnson Coin and Chronicles Set. Similar sets had been released for the other three Presidential Dollars issued during the year. The present set included one Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar struck with a reverse proof finish, one Presidential Medal struck in 99.9% silver, a postage stamp, and an informational booklet. The product was limited to 25,000 units and priced at $57.95. As with the previous sets, this one sold out quickly due to the inclusion of the reverse proof dollar.
The total mintage for the circulation strike Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollars reached 12,040,000 pieces. This exceeded the mintage of the previous release of the series featuring President John F. Kennedy.
Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar Coin Specifications:
- Diameter: 26.5 mm
- Weight: 8.1g
- Thickness: 2.0 mm
- Edge: Lettered
- Composition: 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel
- Mintage: 7,840,000 (Philadelphia), 4,200,000 (Denver)
Other 2015 Presidential Dollars