The United States Mint will begin selling the 2011 Grant Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set this Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Noon (Eastern). The set includes an uncirculated Ulysses S. Grant Presidential $1 Coin and a Julia Grant Bronze Medal which is struck to resemble the Julia Grant First Spouse Gold Coin.
Each Grant $1 Coin and Medal Set will sell for $14.95, plus the US Mint's standard shipping and handling charge of $4.95 per order. Both the coin and medal are encased in a durable plastic card showcasing a colorful depiction of the former President of the United States and his wife.
Ulysses S. Grant was elected as the eighteenth United States President and served in the office from March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1877. He entered the office an extremely popular individual owing to his leadership in the United States Army during the American Civil War.
The coin struck to resemble him that is included in this set is part of the circulating Presidential $1 Coin series. This series debuted in 2007 and honors four former Presidents annually as part of it in the order in which the individual served in office.
Shown on the obverse of the Grant $1 Coin is a portrait of the 18th President as designed and sculpted by Don Everhart. The reverse contains an image of the Statue of Liberty found on all of the Presidential $1 Coins, also designed and sculpted by Everhart.
The Julia Grant Medal in the set is struck to resemble the Julia Grant First Spouse Gold Coin. This includes an obverse portrait of Julia Grant by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso. Shown on the reverse is a scene of a younger Julia and Ulysses riding horses together as designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Charles L. Vickers.
Once released, the Grant Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set will be available directly from the United States Mint. Orders may be placed on the website of www.usmint.gov or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).