Proof James Garfield Presidential Dollars (Buy on eBay) are special collectible versions of the standard circulating coin.
The United States Mint creates specially minted Proof coins with a sharp relief on polished and treated blanks. These coins have frosted raised design elements and mirrored background, which results in a striking cameo effect.
Proof James Garfield Presidential Dollars were originally available as part of the 2011 Presidential Dollar Proof Set, the 2011 Proof Set, and the 2011 Silver Proof Set, issued directly by the U.S. Mint. Additionally, they were sold as individual coins. Unfortunately, sales of the Presidential Dollar Proof Sets reached a new low of 299,853 sets in 2011.
The date, mint mark, and the motto “E Pluribus Unum” are located on the edge inscription of the coin. The Mint also created special packaging for Proof Sets so that collectors can view the edges of the coins.
James Garfield’s Background:
Prior to being elected president, James Garfield was elected to the Ohio state senate and elected to the U.S. Congress, where he would serve for 18 years. He would only serve as the president of the United States for a brief 200 days, the second shortest tenure after William Henry Harrison. Just four months into his term, he was shot while entering a railroad station in Washington, D.C. One of the bullets would remain lodged near his spine and cause him to become increasingly ill until he eventually died 80 days later.
“Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industrial commerce.”James Garfield, 20th President of United States
- Born: November 19, 1831, Moreland Hills, OH
- Spouse: Lucretia Garfield
- Served: 1881
- Died: September19, 1881, Long Branch, NJ
- Denomination: $1.00
- Composition: 88.5% copper, 6% zinc, 3.5% manganese, 2% nickel
- Diameter: 26.5 mm
- Weight: 8.1g
- Thickness: 2.0 mm
- Edge: lettered
- Mintage: 1,972,863