Fly your flag today: Presidents Day 2010

February 15, 2010

Fly your flag today.

White House at night

White House with U.S. flag at night; photo by Keith Stanley,

Residents of the United States celebrate Presidents Day today, a holiday that grew out of celebrations of the birthdays of both George Washington (February 22, 1732) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809), both of whom were born in February (under the “new” Gregorian calendar).

President’s Day is one of a score of dates Congress recognized in the Flag Code as appropriate for patriotic display of the U.S. flag.

Note:  Keith Stanley sells his photos, including this one of the White House at night.  You can view this one, and many more, and purchase copies, at Mr. Stanley’s website.

Fillmore dollar: Restoring Millard’s place in history?

February 15, 2010

Millard Fillmore dollar, released February 18, 2010 - image from

Millard Fillmore dollar, scheduled to be released to the public on February 18, 2010, at Fillmore's birthplace, Moravia, New York

A golden-hued dollar coin honoring our 13th president, Millard Fillmore, will be released to the public by the U.S. Mint this week.  A ceremony at Moravia Central School officially released the coin, in Moravia, New York, Fillmore’s birthplace.

The dollar makes no mention of H. L. Mencken nor Mencken’s hoax that has eclipsed Fillmore’s reputation for 93 years.  Can the dollar’s own shine do anything to improve the lustre of Fillmore’s reputation?

History teacher MCs ceremony reports that a local teacher of history will help with the unveiling in Moravia:

Fillmore was born only five miles east of Moravia. He served as the 13th President of the United States from 1850-1853 after assuming the office when President Zachary Taylor passed away. These were tremulous times for the country which was already on the verge of a civil war, postponed by the Compromise of 1850. Fillmore is credited with the 1854 Treaty of Kanagawa effectively ending the isolationism of Japan.

US Mint Deputy Director Andrew Brunhart will present the new dollar at the ceremony. Master of Ceremonies will be local history teacher John Haight. Sheila Tucker, Cayuga County historian, is scheduled to speak.

Children 18 and under will receive a free Fillmore dollar while others may exchange dollar bills for the new coins. The Mint will also offer 25-coin rolls for $35.95 from either Philadelphia or Denver that may be ordered directly from its Web site (

Don Everhart designed the portrait of Millard Fillmore that is featured on the obverse or heads side. It also includes the inscriptions “MILLARD FILLMORE,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “13TH PRESIDENT” and “1850-1853.”

Much of the ceremony is fitting.  Fillmore himself helped organize local historical societies and promote education — he was the first president of the Erie County Historical Association, and he is celebrated as the founder of the University of Buffalo.

Reverse view of the 2010 Millard Fillmore U.S. dollar

Reverse view of the 2010 Millard Fillmore U.S. dollar. Don Everhart designed both sides of the coin.

Coin information

Golden coloring of the coin comes from the alloyed metals that comprise the coin.  It is 77% copper, 12% zinc, 7% manganese, and 4% nickel.  Coins will be struck at all three coin minting plants, in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco.

Coins can be ordered from the U.S. Mint.


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