Bernard von NotHaus is the creator of the infamous Liberty Dollar, which led to a series of convictions in 2011, and co-founder of the Royal Hawaiian Mint Company.
His latest endeavour is the Trump Dollar, the latest of which is available in gold and silver. Its design is similar to last year’s “Vote Trump Dollar,” which was issued during the U.S. election campaign, and the “Inaugural Trump Dollar,” which commemorated the new president’s inauguration.
This latest edition, the “Trump Dollar to Make America Great Again,” features a portrait of U.S. President Donald Trump on the obverse alongside the words of his biggest mission, to “Make America Great Again.”
The coin’s reverse features the proposed solution to America’s apparent failings: “FREE TRADE – STABLE MONEY – LOW TAXES”. The reverse also features a cursive inscription reading “Liberty Dollar” alongside denominations of $2,000 for the gold and $25 for the silver; however, a disclaimer inscribed around the rim reads, “Free Speech for Political Purpose / Not To Be Used As Current Money”.
A total of 25 one-ounce gold “trial strikes” were offered in an online auction last month. Proof-like and Proof gold pieces are being offered for $1,403.63 USD and $1,650 USD, respectively; and one-ounce silver versions and special Proof silver versions are also available for $25 USD and $39.95 USD, respectively. All pieces are struck by Bill LaMere, founder of the North American Mint.
For more information, visit trumpdollar.us.
In May 2009, a federal indictment was issued against NotHaus, who was accused of counterfeiting U.S. currency. Federal prosecutors successfully argued NotHaus was attempting to misrepresent his silver Liberty Dollars as legitimate U.S. currency; however, NotHaus argued the Liberty Dollar system was created as an alternative to the U.S. Federal Reserve system.
On March 18, 2011, following a 90-minute jury deliberation, NotHaus was found guilty on various counts, including the making of “counterfeit coins” resembling legal tender coins. He was also determined to be the founder of Liberty Services, which was also known as the National Organization for the Repeal of the Federal Reserve and the Internal Revenue Code, or NORFED.
In December 2014, NotHaus was sentenced to six months of house arrest with three years of probation. Termination of probation was formally granted by U.S. District Judge Richard L. Voorhees in December 2015.