Dear John (2010)
American soldier's coin-collector father gives him a "mule" coin
The 2010 Screen Gems film "Dear John" is about the romance between John, an American soldier,
and Savannah, a college girl, from the period 2001 to 2007.
she is going to marry another man.
John once went on a tour of the US Mint in Philadelphia and was shown an error coin.
A mule coin is a coin minted with obverse and reverse designs not normally seen on the same piece,
in this case the coin has a US Jefferson five cent nickel obverse and a US Lincoln one cent reverse.
John Tyree is a soldier serving in Afghanistan.
He is shot, and mentally reads a letter to his father, who lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
He begins with a childhood trip to the Philadelphia Mint.
2. John (as a boy) at the Philadelphia Mint
I'm 8 years old again on a tour of the U.S. Mint.
I'm listening to a guide explain how coins are made.
How they're punched out of sheet metal.
How they're rimmed and beveled.
How they are stamped and cleaned.
And how each and every batch of coins are personally examined.
Just in case any have slipped through with the slightest imperfection.
That's what popped into my head.
At the mint, he is shown an error coin, a US five cent nickel with an off-center strike.
3. Holding error nickel
John continues with his letter.
I am a coin in the United States Army.
I was minted in the year 1980.
But now I have two small holes in me.
I'm no longer in perfect condition.
In the summer of 2001, John is home in Charleston on leave from the army and at a beach meets
Savannah, a college student.
4. John and Savannah meet
They begin a romance, but Savannah has another boyfriend, Tim, who has an autistic son, Alan.
5. Tim and Alan
Savannah is studying autism in college and wants to work with autistic children.
6. Savanna meets John's father
John's father, always referred to as Mr. Tyree, is a a coin collector.
7. Holding and comparing Bryan dollar
Bryan dollars were campaign tokens issued by opponents of William Jennings Bryan, who ran
for the US President in 1896.
US silver dollar.
8. John in the Army
After the September 11 2001 attack, John reenlists in the army, and corresponds with Savannah
using real letters.
9. Mr. Tyree explaining a cull
A cull coin is one that a coin collector would not normally save, either too common or too
worn or damaged.
10. Standing Liberty quarter cull
As a child, John buys an ice cream cone and is given a special coin in change, a mule coin.
11. John receives the mule coin
12. The mule coin
The prop coin used here is not an actual mule coin but was manufactured for the film.
13. First coin dealer
The first dealer offers him $20 but the father knows it is worth several thousand dollars.
14. Second coin dealer
The second coin dealer is honest and shows the father a coin magazine.
15. Coin magazine
The $4000 Mule
One of the Rarest Minted Mules In Existence...
The magazine cover shows the coin to be worth $4000, but the dealer suggests that he keep
the coin as a family heirloom.
16. Second dealer's British coins
The British coins are from the last years of Queen Victoria and appear to be a half crown,
a penny, and a florin.
17. John in the war zone
John receives a letter from Savannah stating that she is going to marry Tim.
This kind of letter is known as a "Dear John" letter, hence the title of the film.
The father dies and John has to take care of the estate, including the coin collection.
18. Father's coins
These include packaged commemorative coins sold by the US Mint.
Also there is a Coin Wallet 12-coin holder.
19. Selling father's collection
John sees the collection for the last time.
20. The collection in car trunk
The collection includes coin folders and papar money.
He carries it as a "lucky piece".
21. John holds mule coin
He flips the coin to make decisions.
Channing Tatum as John Tyree
Amanda Seyfried as Savannah Curtis
Richard Jenkins as Mr. Tyree
Henry Thomas as Tim (Savannah's husband)
R. Braeden Reed as Alan (Tim's son)
Writers: Jamie Linden (screenplay), Nicholas Sparks (novel)