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US Mint Announces Designs for George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 Coin, Barbara Bush First Spouse Gold Coin

On Tuesday, July 28, the United States Mint officially announced the designs for the George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 Coin and the Barbara Bush First Spouse Gold Coin. Public Law 116–112 authorizes the Mint to strike and issue these coins. The obverse design of the Presidential $1 Coin honoring George H.W. Bush features his portrait […]

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Annexing the District of Columbia & U.S. Territories to the 50 State Quarters Program

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The 50 State Quarters program was one of the most successful and ambitious United States Mint coin design programs of the last five decades. When it was launched in 1999, the Statehood Quarters initiative captured the imagination of an entire nation, making evening news headlines as each new quarter […]

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U.S. Mint Announces 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program Designs

The United States Mint today officially announced the designs for the 2020 American Innovation $1 Coin Program. The new designs will appear on the reverses of $1 coins honoring innovations and/or innovators from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina. Mint Chief Engraver Joseph Menna created and sculpted the Maryland American Innovation $1 Coin design. Mint […]

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The 10th Anniversary of the Lincoln Shield Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… It’s perhaps hard to believe that 10 years have already passed since the first Lincoln Union Shield cent emerged in 2010. It came about as the fifth and final reverse redesign in fewer than 13 months following 2009’s successful four-coin circulating commemorative program showcasing Abraham Lincoln’s colorful life from […]

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The Coin Analyst: Chief Engraver Joseph Menna and the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Future

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On February 4, 2019, U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder appointed Joseph Menna – a New Jersey-raised artist and sculptor with almost 35 years’ professional experience — as the 13th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. His appointment filled an important gap at the top of the Mint’s […]

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United States Mint Unveils Anwar El Sadat Congressional Gold Medal Design

On Tuesday, September 17, the United States Mint unveiled the designs for the Anwar El Sadat Congressional Gold Medal in the Department of the Treasury’s historic Cash Room. United States Mint Director David J. Ryder unveiled the designs, and the ceremony was led by Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Management David Eisner. In attendance […]

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A Coin Analyst Exclusive: An Insider’s Perspective on the Morgan & Peace 1921 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act

By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On July 16, 2019, United States Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO5) and Andy Barr (R-KY6) introduced H.R. 3757, the 2021 Commemorative Silver Dollar Coin Act, which calls for the issuance of 2021-dated Morgan and Peace dollars to mark the centennial of the transition from Morgan to Peace dollars in 1921. […]

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Challenging the Status Quo: An Interview With U.S. Mint Director David J. Ryder

A Coin Analyst Exclusive By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. David J. Ryder, the 39th Director of the United States Mint, assumed his new role on May 31, 2018. Ryder has extensive professional experience relevant to running the Mint, having served in other government positions and spent over 20 years working for companies that develop […]

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Joseph Menna brings his unique portfolio of talents to the position of chief engraver

On February 4, 2019, United States Mint Director David J. Ryder announced that the new chief engraver of the Mint will be Joseph (Joe) Menna

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Joseph Menna Named Chief Engraver of United States Mint

United States Mint Director David J. Ryder announced that Sculptor-Engraver Joseph “Joe” Menna has been named Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. Menna joined the Mint in 2005, and he brings 32 years of professional experience and classical training to the position. He was the first full-time digitally skilled artist hired by the United […]

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United States Mint Wins Awards at 2019 Berlin World Money Fair

  United States Mint Director David J. Ryder accepted two awards on behalf of the Mint February 2 at the World Money Fair in Berlin. The American Liberty 225th Anniversary $100 coin won in the Best Gold Coin category and the Boy’s Town Centennial silver dollar won Most Inspirational coin. “It is my great honor […]

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United States Mint: Declaration of Independence Preamble Platinum Proof Coin Available Jan. 31

The United States Mint will release the second coin in its Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin Series on January 31 at noon EST. Launched in 2018, this three-year platinum proof coin series features all new obverse designs created concurrently by one designer and a new common reverse design. The obverse of […]

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United States Mint Rolls Out Commemorative Coins Honoring 1st Manned Lunar Landing Jan. 24

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program on January 24 at noon EST. This unique four-coin program includes the Mint’s first reeded five-ounce proof silver dollar, a $5 gold coin, a silver dollar, and a half dollar. All coins are curved. This year, the Mint […]

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United States Mint Announces Historic Collaboration With Royal Australian Mint

The United States Mint has announced a collaborative project with the Royal Australian Mint. The two Mints will produce a commemorative coin set in celebration of the historic Apollo 11 Moon landing on July 20, 1969. The set will feature a U.S. Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Half Dollar paired with an Australian 50th Anniversary of the […]

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Watch: The 2019 Apollo 11 Coin First Strike Ceremony

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On Thursday, December 13, the United States Mint held a striking ceremony for the 2019 Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Commemorative silver and gold coins. Several invited guests–including the children of the first men to set foot on another world: Buzz Aldrin’s son Andy Aldrin; Michael Collins’ daughter Ann […]

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United States Mint unveils design for 2019 Native American $1 coin reverse

Washington — The United States Mint officially unveiled the reverse (tails side) design for the 2019 Native American $1 coin in the 2018 winter issue of the National Museum of the American Indian’s eponymous quarterly magazine. The 2019 coin design celebrates American Indians in the Space Program

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United States Mint Unveils 2019 Native American $1 Coin Reverse Design

The United States Mint officially unveiled the reverse design for the 2019 Native American $1 Coin in the 2018 winter issue of the National Museum of the American Indian’s eponymous quarterly magazine. The 2019 coin design celebrates American Indians in the Space Program. The reverse design depicts renowned engineer Mary Golda Ross writing calculations. Behind […]

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U.S. Mint Announces Pricing for 2018 WWI Centennial Silver Dollar Products

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   The United States Mint announced its pricing Monday for the 2018 World War I Centennial Commemorative Silver Dollar and the five accompanying silver medals honoring the branches of the U.S. military active in the war. All related 2018 WWI Commemorative products will be available from the Mint starting January […]

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Filipino Veterans of World War II Receive Congressional Gold Medal

Filipino Veterans of World War II received a Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall of the U.S. Capitol. It was awarded collectively to those who served honorably in an active duty status between July 26, 1941, and December 31, 1946 under the command of the United States Army Forces in the […]

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U.S. Mint Announces World War I Centennial Silver Medal Designs

The United States Mint has revealed the obverse and reverse designs for five silver medals that will be issued in conjunction with the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar. Each medal, composed of 90 percent silver, pays homage to branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that were active in World War I. Design descriptions […]

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Look Back: United States 2011 September 11 National Medal

Description: The 2011 September 11 National Medal honors the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania that killed nearly 3,000 people. The one-ounce silver 9/11 medals were struck in 2011 and issued to help financially support the establishment and maintenance of the National September […]

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Modern US Coins – 2016 America the Beautiful Ft. Moultrie at Ft. Sumter National Monument Quarter

Description: The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program. Authorized by Public Law 110–456 (source: PDF), the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks […]

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United States 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver $1 Coin

Description: The 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar honors the 100th anniversary of the world’s largest service club. Founded in 1917 by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has more than 1.4 million members working together to help improve communities around the world. There are more than 46,000 associated clubs […]

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United States 2017 Boys Town Centennial $1 Silver Coin

Description: The non-profit organization Boys Town, dedicated to helping at-risk youth and made famous by the 1938 movie of the same name, is commemorated on a clad half dollar, a silver dollar and a $5 gold coin celebrating the centennial of its founding in 1917. Established by Father Edward Flanagan, the charity’s main focus was […]

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U.S. Mint Wins Krause Best Circulating, Most inspirational Coin Awards at Berlin World Money Fair

Two United States Mint coins recognized for design and artistic vision The United States recently earned top honors in two coin design categories at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. United States Mint officials accepted two Coin of the Year (COTY) Awards on behalf of the Nation. The U.S. won in the category of […]

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U.S. Mint Opens Sales for Bronze Medal Honoring Treasury Secretary Jack Lew

The United States Mint has opened sales for the bronze medal honoring Secretary of the Treasury Jacob J. Lew. Struck at the United States Mint at Philadelphia, the three-inch bronze medal (Product Code 17MA) is priced at $39.95 USD. The obverse, designed and engraved by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart, features a portrait of Jacob J. […]

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United States 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse $10 Gold Coin

Description: On July 1, 2016 the United States Mint issued the 2016 Nancy Reagan First Spouse 1/2 oz $10 Gold Coin. The coin is struck in .9999 gold and has a maximum authorized mintage of only 10,000 pieces across all ordering options. The coin was struck at the West Point Mint and carries the “W” […]

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Classic US Coins – The Last Wheat Cent

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. When the Lincoln wheat cents of 1958 were struck by the United States Mint, few individuals knew the coins would represent the end of a 50-year tradition. Collectors had little reason to suspect that the Lincoln cent, which had remained virtually unchanged since its debut in 1909, was set […]

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Modern US Coins – 2016 America the Beautiful Ft. Moultrie at Ft. Sumter National Monument Quarter

Description: The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program. Authorized by Public Law 110–456 (source: PDF), the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks […]

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U.S. Mint Holds Strike Ceremony for Lions Clubs Commemorative Silver Coin – 4K Video

By CoinWeek News Staff ….. Today, November 9, 2016, at its main production facility in Philadelphia, the United States Mint held a special ceremony for the first strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar coin. And CoinWeek was on hand to film the event in high-definition. According to the Mint’s Principal […]

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CoinWeek to Film Lions Clubs Silver Dollar First Strike Ceremony

On the morning of November 9, 2016, CoinWeek editor Charles Morgan will be on hand at the Philadelphia Mint filming the ceremonial first strike of the 2017 Lions Clubs International Silver Dollar. The new silver dollar is one of three coins authorized by the Lions Clubs International Century of Service Commemorative Coin Act (part of […]

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Modern Coins: A Lifetime of Change to Our Change

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek …..   Look at the change in your pocket or purse. You’ll notice the coins in circulation look a lot different today than, say, in the mid-1990s. As recently as 1998, the array of current-production circulating coins included the Lincoln Memorial cent, the Jefferson nickel with traditional side-profile obverse bust, […]

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United States 2011 September 11 National Medal

Description: The 2011 September 11 National Medal honors the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Pennsylvania that killed nearly 3,000 people. The one-ounce silver 9/11 medals were struck in 2011 and issued to help financially support the establishment and maintenance of the National September […]

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U.S. Mint Unveils Designs for Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin

Designs for coins commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Boys Town were unveiled today (August 23) during a ceremony at Boys Town Music Hall in Boys Town, Nebraska. “Each time a person looks at any one of these unique designs, it will spark an interest in learning about the history of Boys Town, […]

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United States 2016 Ronald W. Reagan Presidential $1 Coin

Description: The Presidential Dollar Coin Act (Public Law 109-145) was passed into law on December 22, 2005. The Act compelled the Secretary of the Treasury to “mint coins in commemoration of each of the Nation’s past Presidents and their spouses, respectively, to improve circulation of the $1 coin, [and] to create a new bullion coin”. […]

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Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Designs Unveiled

Coin designs honoring the life and legacy of celebrated author unveiled two days before 180th anniversary of his birth The first of several ceremonies to unveil designs for commemorative coins honoring celebrated author Mark Twain took place today at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. The event took place two days […]

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2015 Blue Ridge Parkway 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin Available Now

CoinWeek Staff Reports…. Does the Mint have another sellout on their hands? With the sellout of the 2015 America the Beautiful Quarters Blue Ridge Parkway 5 oz. silver bullion coin on June 22 (a temporary situation; sales are about to resume Monday, July 13), no one can be blamed for speculating on the retail fate […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway Quarter 3-Coin Set Available Today

By CoinWeek News Staff….   It’s been quite the week for new releases from the U.S. Mint. First, the 2015 Jacqueline Kennedy First Spouse Series One-Half Ounce Proof and Uncirculated gold coins debuted on June 25 and quickly went on back order thanks to higher-than-expected demand (by the Mint, anyway). Then, on July 1, the […]

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First Special Service Force Receives Congressional Gold Medal

Members of the First Special Service Force (the Force), an elite American-Canadian joint combat group, were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal today during a ceremony in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Designed and struck by the United States Mint, the medal recognizes the Force for its superior service during World War […]

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