Presidents' Day is tomorrow. As collectors, we are familiar with many coins, medals and tokens depicting the presidents. Collecting portraits of one or more presidents can be a lifetime challenge.
Abraham Lincoln is a favorite with many Americans. Besides the familiar portrait on the cent, Lincoln has appeared on a Statehood quarter, a commemorative half dollar, a silver dollar, a President dollar, and even a pattern nickel. Lincoln has appeared on many Civil War tokens and medals. There is a fine reference book available for those interested in pursuing this.
George Washington is also a favorite. His bust has been featured on the quarter since 1932. There have been other issues, including a scarce group of colonials. Among the most remarkable of these is the "ugly head." There is a reference book available on Washington issues.
Many collectors fondly remember John F. Kennedy. The half dollar is a popular coin, and always was. Kennedy has been featured on other issues. A fairly new reference book lists the many coins, medals and tokens depicting JFK. I especially recall a lovely Memorial medal from Presidential Art Medals, and a Franklin Mint medal struck on the tenth anniversary of his death.
Thomas Jefferson has been featured on the nickel for over 80 years, with different portraits. There are also two dollar coins, besides Indian Peace Medals, depicting our third president.
I am aware of two bloggers who are fans of Grant and Eisenhower. These two presidents have many collectible items.
Collect presidents. It's interesting, historical, and challenging.