Can George Washington and Thomas Jefferson succeed where Susan B. Anthony and Sacajawea failed? The U.S. Mint is hoping America’s presidents will win acceptance, finally, for the maligned dollar coin. The public will get the chance to decide starting in February when the first of the new coins, bearing the image of the first president, is introduced. Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison are scheduled to grace the coin in 2007, with a different president appearing every three months. The series will honor four different presidents per year, in the order they served in office. Each president will appear on only one coin, except for Grover Cleveland, who will be on two because he was the only president to serve nonconsecutive terms. To be depicted on a coin, a president must have been dead for at least two years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The idea of rotating designs borrows from the highly successful 50-state quarter program. Since its launch in 1999, this program has featured five state designs each year in the order the state joined the union. The quarter program has been widely successful, introducing millions of people to coin collecting for the first time. The Mint hopes the presidential program will enjoy similar success, in part because of the bold designs on the new coins. Those designs were being made public during a ceremony today at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, home of some of the famous paintings that served as models for the coins. “These designs are beautiful and so eye-catching that a lot of Americans are going to do a double take when they get them in their change the first time,” Edmund C. Moy, the director of the Mint, said in an AP interview. The coins will be the same size as the Sacagawea dollar – a little larger than a quarter – and the same golden color as the Sacagawea. The image of the president will be on one side and the Statute of Liberty on the other. The images will be slightly larger than those on a quarter because space was freed up by moving some of the traditional wording such as “In God We Trust” to the edge of the coin. Edge lettering has not been tried on an American coin since 1933. Moy is optimistic, saying a number of things have changed since the Sacagawea launch six years ago. Rising prices mean it takes more quarters to feed the parking meter and vending machines. People might now be more willing to carry the dollar coin to replace four quarters. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!