The U.S. Mint is releasing the third in the series of Presidential $1 coins. This coin will feature Thomas Jefferson. To celebrate the release they also gave out a survey about Presidential facts, most Americans knew very few of the answers regarding our Presidents. The U.S. Mint is in the middle of a project authorized by the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005, which was signed by President Bush. This act according to a press release issued by the United Stats Mint requires the Secretary of the Treasury to produce and issue $1 coins that will honor the U.S. Presidents in the order in which they served. All Presidents that served two consecutive terms will only have one coin produced. Coins will be issued four per year and no coins of living Presidents will be produced.
The first coin $1 coin was George Washington released in February of this year, and the second was John Adams released in May. Thomas Jefferson’s $1 coin is now being issued as the third coin in the series. To celebrate the release of the $1 Jefferson coin, visitors to the Jefferson Memorial were able to exchange $1 bills for the coin one day in advance of it’s official release. Along with that opportunity, the U.S. Mint also issued a survey to see what people truly knew about the U.S. Presidents. The information was far from encouraging about the average person’s knowledge base.
Just over one out of five American in the survey knew that there had been 43 Presidents in the history of the United States. Approximately the same percentage of people knew who was on Mount Rushmore. For those of you that don’t know yourself, it si Jefferson, Washington,, Licoln, and Roosevelt. A slightly higher percentage of 35% of those surveyed were aware that Jefferson is on the nickel. Just over a quarter of those surveyed knew that John Adams and John Quincy Adams were the first father and son to serve as President of the United States. What might be the most disturbing result is only 68% of those surveyed knew that George Washington led the Continental Army.
At least over half of those surveyed knew that Jefferson was the main author of the Declaration of Independence. Of course then only seven percent of those surveyed could name the first four Presidents of the United States in order. Maybe the issuing of these $1 coins will serve not only as currency, but as a history lesson as well.
Prnewswire.com. “Survey Reveals Most Americans Can’t Name Nation’s Founding Fathers”.