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Harry Truman Period

The Harry S Truman Dollar is now available and in circulation for collectors to find. The new dollar has an error…er…maybe. We will start with some trivia. What is Harry S Truman’s middle name?


Harry “S” Truman

Some of you may know a person without a middle name. But do you know anyone whose middle name is a single letter? Harry S Truman’s middle name is “S”. His grandfather on one side was named Solomon and the last name of his other grandfather was Shipp. Hence the “S”. The question then comes  as to whether or not you actually need a period after the “S” to correctly annotate his name. On the coin there is a period after the “S”. The reason you would not have a period is because it is not abbreviated, but is his full middle name! I did find out that for the purpose of genealogy you would put quotation marks (” “) around the “S” to denote that it is a full name.  So did the mint mess up when they put a period on the coin? I don’t know, but I’d like to see quotation marks on the coin, that would be unique!

Oh, and he was the 33rd president, taking office on April 12th, 1945, after the death of President Roosevelt.  He ended the war with Japan when he decided to use the atomic bomb, and yet I focus on an “S” and a “.”!

On a side note, this is one of the first presidential dollars that actually looks like every picture I’ve ever seen of the man. You would think we’d have more images known to us of the man who ended WWII. Or perhaps this one image became so famous that it is engrained in our minds.


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