The United States Mint has released the high resolution images of the upcoming George H.W. Bush Presidential Dollar. The first coin in the series since 2016, the Bush Presidential Dollar depicts the 41st President who served from 1989-1993. Previously, the Mint had only released line art of the coin shortly after its final design was approved.
The law authorizing the new dollar coin – and the First Spouse gold coin for Barbara Bush – was signed into law in February of this year. The original Presidential Coin Act of 2005 requires that a President must be deceased two years before a coin can be produced with their image. Both President Bush and First Lady Bush died in 2018. However, the last coin authorized under the original 2005 Act was for President Ronald Reagan. Subsequent coins will have to have an Act passed by Congress in order to be approved. That means that Coins for President Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump will all require an Act similar to this one for “Bush Sr.”.
The George H. W. Bush Presidential Dollar will be minted at Denver, Philadelphia, and San Francisco (for Proofs) Mints. It is also possible that we will see a Reverse Proof of the coin as one was produced for the last handful of coins produced in 2015 and 2016. However, at least for 2020, there is no list in the Product Schedule for a Reverse Proof. Like other coins in the series, this one will share the common Reverse of the Statue of Liberty.
The latest Presidential Dollar will go on sale starting December 4, 2020 in the form of bags of 100 coins, rolls of 25 coins, and boxes of 250 coins. You can find the product page for the coin here on the Mint’s site. The gold coin for First Lady Bush went on sale back in August.