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Final San Francisco 2020 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin With Classic ‘Heraldic Eagle’ Reverse on Sale Oct. 13

The United States Mint will open sales for the San Francisco-minted 2020 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (product code 20EM) on October 13 at noon EDT. This is the last time this coin will be available featuring the iconic “Heraldic Eagle” reverse design. The American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin is struck […]

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Christopher Columbus: His Decline in Numismatics and the Nation’s Collective Memory

By Heinz Tschachler ….. When in the early 1990s the United States was getting ready to commemorate the quincentennial of Christopher Columbus first landing on the Caribbean island of Guanahani, a bill was proposed that would eliminate the cent and the half-dollar and create a new small dollar coin bearing a portrait of the discoverer […]

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NGC Signs Exclusive Signature Label Deal with Award-Winning Coin Designer Chris Costello

Costello’s dignified depictions of the American experience have graced over 20 US coins and medals   Chris Costello, an award-winning US coin designer, has agreed to individually hand-sign certification labels exclusively for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®). Known for his dignified and exacting style, Costello has designed over 20 coins and medals for the United States […]

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CoinWeek Streaming News: 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter PROOF SET Released…

  The 2020 United States Mint release calendar continues at a busy pace this January with the release of the 2020 America the Beautiful Quarter Proof Set. In this CoinWeek Streaming News update, editor Charles Morgan discusses the set’s release and shows off two interesting items that he brought back from the 2020 Winter FUN […]

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2020 American Eagle 1 oz Silver Proof Coin on Sale Jan. 9

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2020 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (product code 20EA) beginning on January 9, 2020, at noon EST. The coin is priced at $64.50 USD. The obverse design features sculptor Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the […]

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2020 American Silver Eagle Bullion Coins: The Last of Their Breed

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The Proof version of the 2020 American Silver Eagle is set for release on January 3, but it won’t be just any year for the popular .999-fine, one-ounce silver United States bullion coin. The 2020 Silver Eagle will be the last of its kind, with significant changes coming to […]

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New American Gold, Silver Eagle Reverses Coming in 2021

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The United States Mint has announced new reverse designs will be coming to the popular American Silver Eagle (ASE) and American Gold Eagle (AGE) coins in 2021. The silver and gold eagles, released in 1986 as the first coins of the United States Mint American Eagle bullion coin program, […]

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln – Beyond Brenner

Abraham Lincoln By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2019 Wedge-Tailed Eagle 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin

This silver high relief coin celebrates one of Australia’s most incredible birds of prey, the majestic wedge-tailed eagle. Named for its long, distinctively shaped tail, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania, and southern Papua New Guinea, the bird […]

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United States Mint to Accept Orders for San Francisco Mint American Silver Eagle Proof Coins August 6

The United States Mint will open sales for the American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (product code 19EM) on August 6 at noon EDT. This coin is struck at the San Francisco Mint. American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coins are struck on 99.9 percent fine silver blanks. For 33 years, the obverse of […]

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Bullion Shark – For the Advanced Silver Eagle Collector: An Explanation of the Various Proof Finishes

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Proof Silver Eagles are undoubtedly some of the most stunning coins a modern coin collector can lay his or her eyes on. The cameo details (black to white contrast) and the painstaking detail that the respected engraver John Mercanti took in creating this coin have made this piece just breathtaking. […]

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Special NGC Label and Designations for US-Canada Pride of Two Nations Set

The United States Mint has announced the Pride of Two Nations 2019 Limited Edition Two-Coin Set, which will go on sale July 3. It combines a 2019-W US Silver Eagle with an Enhanced Reverse Proof finish and a 2019 Canadian One Ounce Silver Maple Leaf with a Modified Proof finish. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2019 Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Silver High Relief Proof Coin

Getting its name from the bird’s long, distinctively shaped tail, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania, and southern Papua New Guinea, the bird has an impressive wingspan of up to 2.7 meters. The eagle’s characteristic tail is visible […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2019 Wedge-Tailed Eagle 1oz Gold High Relief Proof Coin

Named for its long, distinctively shaped tail, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania, and southern Papua New Guinea, the bird has an impressive wingspan of up to 2.7 meters. The bird’s characteristic tail is visible even when gliding […]

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2019 American Eagle 1oz Silver Proof Coin Available January 10

The United States Mint will release the 2019 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (product code 19EA) on January 10, at noon (EST). The coin is priced at $55.95. This exquisite coin is struck on 99.9 percent fine silver blanks at the Mint’s West Point facility, where it is encapsulated and mounted in a […]

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Jeff Garrett: American Silver Eagle Coin Season Begins

The first of the popular coins for 2019 are about to enter the numismatic marketplace By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… In recent years, an annual tradition in the numismatic world has begun at the beginning of every calendar year. Starting in January, the US Mint commences delivery of United States Silver […]

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Jeff Garrett: American Silver Eagle Coin Season Begins

The first of the popular coins for 2019 are about to enter the numismatic marketplace By Jeff Garrett for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) …… In recent years, an annual tradition in the numismatic world has begun at the beginning of every calendar year. Starting in January, the US Mint commences delivery of United States Silver […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2018 Wedge-Tailed Eagle High Relief 1oz Proof Silver Coin

The Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila Audax) is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle has a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres, and displays a long, wedge-shaped tail and feathered legs. Leading up to their breeding season, […]

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Don Everhart: My Career in Coins, Part 3 – Historic Figures & Heads of State

By Don Everhart – Former Sculptor-Engraver, United States Mint ….. Exclusive for CoinWeek Links to earlier parts: 1 | 2 During my 13+ years as a sculptor-engraver for the United States Mint, I had the opportunity to work on Congressional Gold Medals for many prominent leaders and heads of state. Additionally, I had the honor […]

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Perth Mint Coin Profiles – Australia 2018 Wedge-Tailed Eagle High Relief 2oz Gold Coin

The Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey and one of the biggest eagles in the world. Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle has a wingspan f up to 2.7 metres, and displays a long, wedge-shaped tail and feathered legs. This majestic bird is known to soar through […]

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Sales of 2018 Proof Silver Eagle Coins Show Idiosyncrasies of Mint Figures

By CoinWeek Staff Reports ….   According to their latest sales figure update, the United States Mint has sold 226,506 2018-W Proof American Silver Eagles as of Sunday, January 14. But that doesn’t take into account the 166 bulk boxes it has sold as part of its second year of a new bulk packaging program. […]

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United States Mint opened sales for 2018 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin on January 4

WASHINGTON — The United States Mint kicked off the New Year with the release of the 2018 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (product code 18EA) on January 4, at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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United States Mint opened sales for 2018 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin on January 4

WASHINGTON — The United States Mint kicked off the New Year with the release of the 2018 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (product code 18EA) on January 4, at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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United States Mint opens sales for 2018 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin on January 4

WASHINGTON — The United States Mint will kick off the New Year with the release of the 2018 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (product code 18EA) on January 4, at noon Eastern Time (ET).
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Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists PAN eNews for December 2017

By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) …… Season’s Greetings All of us at PAN wish you a Merry Christmas and a great dose of Holiday Cheer to you and your family and friends. Who wouldn’t mind a nice coin in their stocking? A VF or better 19th-century slabbed type coin would put a smile on […]

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Four Chances to Win PAN Sweepstakes with End of the Year Donation

Donate by December 31 and receive a free John Mercanti-designed medal By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) …… Hello Friends of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, It is the time of year when we receive donations from many of our members. This time we have a couple of good incentives to offer. A $100 donation […]

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Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists PAN eNews for October 2017

By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) …. Welcome to the PAN Coin Show! We hope that you have included us in your plans for this week. Show floor booths are sold out. There will be a wide selection of numismatic material that you will not find within a hundred mile radius of the Pittsburgh area. […]

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Two Bas-Relief Mercanti Sculptures to Be Auctioned by PAN

Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists…. Pittsburgh, PA – U.S. Mint 12th Chief Engraver John Mercanti has created two bas-relief plaster sculptures that will be the highlight of the PAN Benefit Auction to occur on the evening of Thursday October 26th during the association’s yearly banquet that is held in conjunction with the PAN Fall Coin Show […]

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NGC Signer John Mercanti Wins Rittenhouse Award – Video

Video footage (c)  ModernCoinMart by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation… NGC congratulates John M. Mercanti, 12th chief engraver of the US Mint, for receiving the 2017 David Rittenhouse Award. The prestigious award is named after the first director of the US Mint, and was recently presented by Historic Rittenhouse Town, a national historic landmark district in Philadelphia. […]

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NGC Label for American Eagle 20th Anniversary Platinum Proof Coin

The American Eagle 20th Anniversary Platinum Proof coin can be encapsulated with NGC’s Platinum Eagle 20th Anniversary label at no additional charge The American Eagle 20th Anniversary Platinum Proof coin went on sale July 6 by the U.S. Mint. The coin celebrates the 20th anniversary of the American Platinum Eagle, the first platinum coin ever […]

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How Certified American Silver Eagles of the 2010s Have Fared in the Marketplace

  By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… Since their debut in 1986, American Silver Eagles (ASEs) have been one of the most popular bullion coin series in the world, but their appeal extends well beyond the arena of precious metals investing. The American Silver Eagle, authorized by the passage of the Liberty Coin Act of […]

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How Certified American Silver Eagles of the 2010s Have Fared in the Marketplace

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   Since their debut in 1986, American Silver Eagles (ASEs) have been one of the most popular bullion coin series in the world, but their appeal extends well beyond the arena of precious metals investing. The American Silver Eagle, authorized by the passage of the Liberty Coin Act of […]

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NGC Certified Coins – Celebrate Two U.S. Mint Engravers with Signed Two-Coin Sets

John Mercanti has been honored with the David Rittenhouse Award – Celebrate his achievements with signed 2-coin sets! John Mercanti is a legend in the numismatic community. While boasting dozens of coin designs, Mercanti is best-known for his heraldic eagle design on the reverse of the American Silver Eagle. He also holds the title of […]

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2017 David Rittenhouse Award to honor John Mercanti, 12th chief engraver/sculptor of the Mint

(Philadelphia)—The board of directors of Historic RittenhouseTown, located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, will award the 2017 David Rittenhouse Award to John Mercanti at its annual gala in May. “The David Rittenhouse Award honors those who demonstrate excellence as it represents one of the many contributions that Rittenhouse made to American History,” said Barbara Rittenhouse, board president

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2017 David Rittenhouse Award to honor John Mercanti, 12th chief engraver/sculptor of the Mint

(Philadelphia)—The board of directors of Historic RittenhouseTown, located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, will award the 2017 David Rittenhouse Award to John Mercanti at its annual gala in May. “The David Rittenhouse Award honors those who demonstrate excellence as it represents one of the many contributions that Rittenhouse made to American History,” said Barbara Rittenhouse, board president

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ModernCoinMart Recaps Winter FUN – HD Video

U.S. coin dealer ModernCoinMart files this exclusive video report from the 2017 Florida United Numismatists Convention, which took place this past January in the resort city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The show is one of the hobby’s premier coin show and always kicks off the numismatic year with a bang! This video is part of a series […]

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Historic RittenhouseTown to Honor John Mercanti, 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint

John Mercanti will receive the David Rittenhouse Award for his decades of service and outstanding work as the 12th Chief Engraver of the US Mint Calling John Mercanti an “important but somewhat unsung American artist,” the Board of Directors of Historic RittenhouseTown located in Fairmount Park, will be awarding the 2017 David Rittenhouse Award at […]

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Certified Coins – NGC: A Letter from Mark Salzberg

NGC’s 30th Anniversary The chairman of CCG reflects on the highlights of 2016 and looks ahead to 2017 Dear Fellow Numismatists: I hope that the new year is off to a great start for all of you. For me, this year is particularly special because it marks NGC’s 30th anniversary. It is amazing how much […]

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Certified Coins – NGC: A Letter from Mark Salzberg

NGC’s 30th Anniversary The chairman of CCG reflects on the highlights of 2016 and looks ahead to 2017 Dear Fellow Numismatists: I hope that the new year is off to a great start for all of you. For me, this year is particularly special because it marks NGC’s 30th anniversary. It is amazing how much […]

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2016 American Eagle 1 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin Available December 1

  The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2016 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin (product code 16EG) starting on December 1 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is the collector version of the United States Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin. Struck on burnished […]

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At PAN Fall Show, John Mercanti Views His Latest Finished Coin Design for First Time

By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists …. Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) President and Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) member Tom Uram received a FedEx package and wanted retired U.S. Mint 12th Chief Engraver John Mercanti to be the one to open it during his visit to the PAN Fall Coin Show on Friday October 28, […]

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What’s in Store at the U.S. Mint for 2017? CoinWeek Has the Answers

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. If you followed our reporting last Friday concerning the United States Mint’s hobby stakeholder forum, then you already know that a large group of industry leaders, collectors and officials gathered last week in Philadelphia to work with the Mint in an effort to improve its product […]

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The Coin Analyst: All You Need to Know About the 30th Anniversary American Silver Eagle

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… The American Silver Eagle turns 30 years old in 2016. To honor the special occasion, the United States Mint is offering special-edition 30th Anniversary Proof and Uncirculated American Silver Eagles (ASEs) featuring a special edge inscription. 30th Anniversary American Silver Eagles are being minted at the U.S. Mint branch […]

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2016 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin Avail. Sept. 16

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2016 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin (product code 16EA) on September 16 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This year marks the 30th anniversary of the United States Mint’s production of the American Eagle Silver Proof Coin. Introduced in 1986, the popular coin is the collector […]

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The 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal: What It Is and How It Came to Be

By CoinWeek News Staff …. UPDATE: Within five minutes after 12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, both the West Point issue and San Francisco Mint issue of the 2016 American Liberty Silver Medal are listed as “Currently Unavailable” on the U.S. Mint’s online catalog. While not an official sell-out, this status means that all available inventory […]

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Medallic Portraits of Abraham Lincoln: Beyond Brenner

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. When one thinks of the image of Abraham Lincoln upon a coin, Victor David Brenner’s cent is the first thing that comes to mind. And, for the vast majority of people, it’s the only thing that comes to mind. At the time of its debut the Lincoln cent was […]

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PAN to Feature John Mercanti at Fall Coin Show

The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) have completed arrangements to have retired U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti attend the PAN Fall Coin Show and Convention to be held October 27-29 at the Monroeville Convention Center, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fall show theme is “The American Silver Eagle, 30th Anniversary”. Mr. Mercanti will […]

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PAN to Feature John Mercanti at Fall Coin Show

The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) have completed arrangements to have retired U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti attend the PAN Fall Coin Show and Convention to be held October 27-29 at the Monroeville Convention Center, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The fall show theme is “The American Silver Eagle, 30th Anniversary”. Mr. Mercanti will […]

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NGC: Free Mercanti & Moy Signed Portraits at Anaheim ANA Show

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has announced that visitors to the ANA World’s Fair of Money in August will have the opportunity to meet John M. Mercanti, the 12th US Mint Chief Engraver, and Edmund C. Moy, the 38th US Mint Director, at its booth during select times. Mercanti and Moy will also sign a limited […]

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2016 American Eagle Platinum Bullion Coins Available July 25

The United States Mint announced today that it would begin sales of the 2016 American Eagle Platinum Bullion Coin to Authorized Purchasers under an allocation process on July 25, 2016. The coins will be available until inventory has been exhausted. The coin’s obverse was designed and sculpted by former United States Mint Chief Engraver John […]

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Remembering the Vietnam War and Those Who Served with Coins

By Ron Drzewucki – www.moderncoinwholesale.com …..   I wrote about the Pacific island nation of Niue not too long ago, and a one-ounce, 99.9% pure silver coin it had issued commemorating the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. What I didn’t mention in that blog post was the fact the the Lincoln Memorial coin is part […]

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CoinWeek Exclusive Interview: Former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti – 4K Video

CoinWeek Editor Charles Morgan met up with former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti to discuss Mercanti’s relationship with U.S. Mint Chief Engraver Frank Gasparro, Mercanti’s approach in the coin design process, his work on the American Silver Eagle and the 1986 Statue of Liberty dollar, the U.S. Mint engraver he considers is this generation’s Laura Garden […]

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The Coin Analyst – The New “Golden Age” of Modern U.S. Coin Design Revisited: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same?

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek …. Perhaps few topics are more central to numismatics than the designs that appear on the coins we collect. Some people like to study mintage levels, the physical characteristics of coins and other issues, but at the end of the day it is really all, or at least mostly, about […]

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US Coins – The Morgan Dollar vs. the American Silver Eagle: A Primer

The Morgan Silver Dollar and the American Silver Eagle By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. The Morgan dollar was born from two impulses. One was the curious political alliance of populist “free silver” advocates–who wanted a bimetallic (gold and silver) monetary standard and an inflationary monetary policy in order to relieve the crippling […]

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In Memoriam: Susan Gamble, 1957-2015

  By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Artist and coin designer Susan G. Gamble died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. She was 57 years old. Gamble was born in Lynchburg, Virginia and grew up in Danville. She studied painting and graduated with a fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1978. […]

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