Get Your Andrew Johnson Dollar Coins!

For those of you who are coin collectors or who have a fascination with our seventeenth president, I’m here to tell you that today is the day that the Andrew Johnson $1 coin is available for purchase … in rolls of $25, and for a bit more than that, of course.

Here is the thumbnail biography of the Tennessee tailor:

Born in Raleigh, N.C., in 1808, Andrew Johnson grew up in poverty. He was apprenticed to a tailor as a boy and later opened a tailor shop in Greeneville, Tenn., married Eliza McCardle and participated in debates at the local academy.

In 1864, the Republican Party nominated Johnson, a Democrat, for vice president. After President Abraham Lincoln’s death, President Johnson proceeded with a moderate approach to reconstruct the southern states.

In 1874, Tennessee returned Johnson to the Senate, making him the only former President to have served in the Senate. He died a few months later on July 31, 1875.

Talk about selective memory.  And a “moderate” approach to reconstruction?  Please tell me how more lenient Johnson could have been … to whites, that is.

And there’s a word missing here … begins with the letter “I” … wait, don’t tell me … nah, not idiot (good guess!) … nor imbecile …

Just wait for the next release, I guess.

4 thoughts on “Get Your Andrew Johnson Dollar Coins!

  1. Scott Manning February 23, 2011 / 7:33 pm

    I was going to hold out for the Grover Cleveland coins. Are those out yet?

  2. David Corbett February 24, 2011 / 7:27 am

    Few seem to remember that Johnson was the only senator from a secessionist state who remained loyal.

    • Brooks D. Simpson February 24, 2011 / 2:52 pm

      Johnson’s staunch unionism should not be overlooked. It surely impressed Lincoln. It certainly contributed a great deal to his wartime career, first as military governor and later as vice president. It also shows one could be a devoted unionist and a rather committed racist.

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