The Presidential Dollars began being issued in February of 2007, and will continue until at least 2016, until every deceased U.S. President has been honored. Because it goes against U.S. tradition (not to mention U.S. law) to depict a living person on the Legal Tender, ex-presidents can only be honored after they have been passed away for at least two years. The Presidential Dollar program, as stated in the legislaton that created it, is scheduled to end in the first quarter of 2016 with Richard M. Nixon. However, it is expected that Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford will be included, and possibly George Bush, Sr., (born 1924.)
This photo gallery allows you to see the coins before they come out, and compare the ideal artistic design (where available) to the actual coins after they are issued.
Learn the fascinating details behind the Presidential Dollars Coin Program.