Check your change bowl at home, perhaps you have one of these..
The man on the face of this coin is Martin Van Buren. He served one term as the President of the United States from 1836 to 1840. He is most noted for having laid the foundations for the Democratic Party and the modern political machine. This little fact makes Van Buren a rather unique individual however, he is also unique for another very interesting reason. Among all of the former presidents of the United States and including Nixon, Ford, Bush, Johnson, You name him, Van Buren is the only man that is not a descendant of the medieval King John of England Also known as John Lackland. John Lackland was the King of England from April 1199 until his death in 1216.
You might think that Barack Obama doesn’t qualify for this unusual family tree but, you would be sadly mistaken my friend because Barack Obama is ALSO included in this blood line through his white mother, Ann Dunham.
From the inception of the United States to this very day, each and every president of the United States with the exception of Martin Van Buren share this common ancestry with King John of England.
And even though Martin Van Buren wasn’t actually a great president being soundly defeated in his bid for a second term by the Whig Party’s James K. Polk, I’ll at least give him this one saving grace for not being one of the “good ol’ boys”.
I keep one of these Martin Van Buren $1 coins in my pocket where ever I go. I figure If I keep this coin I’ll never go broke.. And I’ll always have something to talk about with someone if they are willing to listen.
This truly remarkable discovery was made by a then 12 year old young lady named BridgeAnne d’Avignon, of Salinas, California back in 2012.