Category Archives: Commemoratives

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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The 1936 Delaware Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… When it comes to commemorative coins, 1936 was one of the busiest years in United States Mint history. Some 21 distinct issues were minted that year, not even accounting for the numerous mintmark variations and some of the rare Proof and special presentation strikes that were also made that […]

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PCGS to Grade Historic Colorized United States Mint Coins

2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Coins will be a first for the Mint   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will grade and have special insert labels for colorized 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Clad Half Dollars and Silver Dollars, the first colorized coins to ever be officially issued by the United States Mint. These special […]

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PCGS to Grade Historic Colorized United States Mint Coins

2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Coins will be a first for the Mint   Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) will grade and have special insert labels for colorized 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Clad Half Dollars and Silver Dollars, the first colorized coins to ever be officially issued by the United States Mint. These special […]

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US Mint Opens Sales of Colorized Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins Aug. 28

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for colorized Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins on August 28 at noon EDT. The colorization will be featured on the reverses of the Basketball Hall of Fame Silver Dollar and the Basketball Hall of Fame Clad Half Dollar. Mintage is set at 75,000 coins for each […]

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CCAC to Review Designs for Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medals, Among Others

The United States Mint announces that the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a telephonic public meeting September 22 and 23, 2020. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the CCAC’s responsibility to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs pertaining to United States coinage. Agenda: Review […]

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An American First – NGC Celebrates the 2020 Colorized Basketball Coins

On August 28, the first colorized coins ever produced by the United States Mint are being released: a Basketball Hall of Fame 2020-S Colorized Half Dollar and a 2020-P Colorized Silver Dollar. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is offering a special attribution — First Colorized US Coins — to celebrate this historic innovation in US coinage. Along with the attribution, the […]

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Coin Designer Justin Kunz Signs Exclusive Basketball Hall of Fame PCGS Signature Labels

Celebrated United States Mint designer hand-signing PCGS labels paired with Basketball Hall of Fame coins   United States coin designer Justin Kunz is autographing Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) labels being paired with 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative coins. Kunz designed the common obverse of the 2020 commemorative coins honoring the Naismith Memorial Basketball […]

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Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commemorative Silver Dollar on Sale August 18

The United States Mint will accept orders for 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar products beginning at noon EDT on August 18, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which gave women the right to vote. Available product options will be as follows: Introductory pricing […]

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Classic Commemorative Coins: Possibly Unique Matte Proof 1937 Boone Half Dollar

The Heritage August 3 – 9 US Coins Signature Auction features a Matte Proof 1937 Boone half dollar. This Philadelphia commemorative half dollar derives from the only Matte Proof set authenticated of the Daniel Boone type, and may well be unique. The production of these matte proofs was not recorded by the Mint, and their […]

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Collectors Polarized by US Mint’s Colorized Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

By Chris Bulfinch for CoinWeek ….. With the release of the United States Mint’s first colorized coins imminent, the debate over the merits of colorized coins is energized. “Woe to all of us,” begins the top post at the time of writing on a CoinTalk thread entitled “Colorized Coins from the U.S. Mint” that began […]

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U.S. Mint Announces Price of Women’s Suffrage, Colorized Basketball Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff …. The United States Mint has announced its introductory and regular pricing for its three 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial commemorative program products, as well as for the colorized versions of the 2020 National Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative silver dollar and clad half dollar. Women’s Suffrage Centennial To commemorate the centennial […]

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The 2014 Civil Rights Act of 1964 Commemorative Silver Dollar

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… One of the most significant pieces of socioeconomic legislation ever passed in the United States was the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This set of laws helped bring an end to de jure segregation in public places and public accommodations while legally ensuring that all Americans were to be […]

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Spectacular Gem 1915-S Pan-Pac Round $50 in Stack’s Bowers August Auction

By James McCartney – Senior Numismatist, Stack’s Bowers ……   At the time of issue in 1915, the round version of the Panama-Pacific Exposition $50 did not sell as well as the more unusual octagonal style. The result was that a greater percentage of the mintage was returned to the Mint for melting. Of the […]

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National Commemorative Medals of the United States Mint

By BJ Searls for PCGS …… Over the last several years, PCGS has been grading more and more tokens and medals and interest in these items is increasing. And one of the relatively recent additions to the PCGS Set Registry® is the National Commemorative Medals of the United States Mint (1940-Present) set. This 182-item set […]

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Abraham Lincoln: A Numismatic Legacy Considered

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… [Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the PCGS E-Zine newsletter on November 6, 2012 and has been updated to its current form. —CoinWeek] Prelude to War On January 12, 1848, a 39-year-old Whig congressman from Illinois named Abraham Lincoln took to the House floor and […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar

By Max Spiegel, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) ……… Tool marks, soft design details and dull surfaces help NGC graders identify a counterfeit coins, in this case a  1915-S Panama-Pacific Half Dollar. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which was held in San Francisco in 1915 to celebrate the opening of the Panama […]

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New Plan for 2021-Dated Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars

By Bullion Shark LLC …… Last year the 1921 Silver Dollar Commemorative Coin Act, which proposed issuing 2021-dated Morgan silver dollars and Peace dollars, was introduced. Though the proposed program remains popular with collectors, the bill never gained much support in Congress. Just before the year ended, the Congress passed the Law Enforcement Commemorative Coin […]

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National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Legislation Introduced

On Monday, June 8, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) announced that she and Congressman Peter King (R-NY) will jointly introduce the National World War II Memorial Commemorative Coin Act, which authorizes the U.S. Treasury to mint coins in commemoration of the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative […]

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The Most Important Coin Program of Our Lifetime: 50 State Quarters

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for PCGS …… (Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on PCGS.com and has been updated to its current form.)  While the pomp and circumstance surrounding the 50 State Quarters program is over two decades behind us, it is hard to conceive of any future program that will have as […]

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2020 Basketball Coin Labels From PCGS, Exclusive Partner With Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

As the world of professional sports begins emerging from hibernation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is laying up a one-of-a-kind opportunity for collectors to score special labels and other exclusive offers on PCGS-graded 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame coins. These dome-shaped commemorative coins are finally hitting the courts […]

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The 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program – A Primer

  By Bullion Shark LLC …… Mark your calendars for June 4! That’s when the United States Mint will launch the highly anticipated 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame commemorative coin program. For only the third time in U.S. Mint history, a dome-shaped coin — in this case to resemble the shape of a basketball — […]

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United States Mint to Open Sales for 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins June 4

Products in the United States Mint 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program will go on sale June 4 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Available options and pricing are below. Pricing for the $5 gold coins is based on the Mint’s “Pricing of Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, and Platinum Products” table at catalog.usmint.gov/coins/gold-coins. […]

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Classic Commemorative Month-Long Heritage Auction Open for Bidding

Now open for bidding is our auction specializing in Classic Commemorative US coins, available exclusively at coins.HA.com. This month-long auction focuses exclusively on US commemorative issues dated 1892-1954 and contains numerous very high grade coins among its offerings for all budgets. The Live session for this auction is scheduled for May 15. One of the […]

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United States Mint Announces Design for 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar

On Tuesday, April 21, the United States Mint officially announced the design for the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial Silver Dollar, celebrating the milestone 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. This distinctive silver dollar coin marks a signature achievement in our nation’s history. “This coin pays homage to the 19th Amendment’s adoption, and […]

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Limited Edition Apollo 13 Coins With Astronaut Autograph

A very limited number of 2019 Apollo gold, silver, and clad commemorative coins have been graded and encapsulated by Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) with special Apollo 13 50th anniversary inserts, each autographed by Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise to commemorate his historic mission. Fewer than three hundred of these coins across all denominations have […]

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Latest So-Called Dollar Fixed Price List From Jeff Shevlin Now Available

Latest So-Called Dollar Fixed Price List From Jeff Shevlin – So-CalledDollar.com …… The latest fixed price list of So-Called Dollars is currently available from Jeff Shevlin, the “So-Called Guy”. The price list has over 100 certified and raw so-called dollars for sale, as well as world’s fair and commemorative medals. Dozens of exceptionally-rare and finest-known […]

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Think Commems Are for Suckers? Seven You Should Own Even if You HATE COMMEMORATIVES

Think commemorative coins are for suckers? In many cases, you may be right. But there are great coins from the long-slighted series that should be in your collection and at today’s prices and you’d be a sucker not to consider picking a few of them up at these historically low pricing levels. CoinWeek Editor Charles […]

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Streaming News: Conan the Special Ops Military Dog (and Other Proposed Commemorative Coin Programs)

  Forthcoming Commemorative Coin Programs: 2020 National Basketball Hall of Fame The Coins: gold $5, silver $1, clad half dollar Struck to honor the 60th Anniversary of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. The program features curved coins similar to those struck for the 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame and 2019 Apollo 11 50th […]

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New Sale Date for 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

Introductory and Regular Pricing Also Announced   Due to the cancellation of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) basketball championship games, the Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins that were scheduled to go on sale Saturday, April 4, 2020 from the United States Mint will now go on sale Thursday, April 9, 2020 at noon […]

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A Coin Analyst Exclusive: Morgan and Peace Silver Dollars Proposed as Ongoing Program

  By Louis Golino for CoinWeek ….. On March 11, U.S. Representative Garland “Andy” Barr (R-KY6) introduced H.R. 6192 – a bill which proposes the issuance of a silver dollar program starting in 2021 that would honor the centennial of the transition in 1921 from Morgan to Peace dollars. Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV2), whose district […]

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Exclusive PCGS Autographed Basketball Hall of Fame Coin COAs at Final Four Fan Fest

Attendees can have COAs signed April 4 in Atlanta by the United States Mint Director, the coins’ designers, and NBA Hall of Famers   Sports enthusiasts who buy the 2020 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (NMBHOF) commemorative coins on their launch day, April 4, 2020, at the Final Four Fan Fest in Atlanta, Georgia, […]

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NGC Announces All-Star Lineup for 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

On April 4, the wait is over for the highly anticipated United States Mint Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins. Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is ready with an all-star lineup of special labels and holders to create an unrivaled presentation of the coin, the sport and the people behind both. The US Mint 2020 Basketball […]

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Price Records Emerge for Finest CAC Commemorative Half Dollars

By Mark Ferguson – Publisher, CAC Market Values ….. While prices for many classic commemorative half dollars are at historic lows, some high-end commems are trading at record high prices. A great example is the sale of a 1936 York County, Maine Tercentenary half dollar that sold at last August’s Stack’s Bowers Galleries American Numismatic […]

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The 1920 Pilgrim Commemorative Half Dollar Turns 100

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS …… The year 2020 represents a very special duo of commemoratives for numismatists who appreciate Colonial history. Among America’s earliest chapters is the landing of the famous Mayflower, an English ship that carried more than 100 Puritans, collectively known as The Pilgrims, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620. Prior to disembarking […]

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Heritage Monthly Internet Auction Features Classic US Commemorative Coins

The newest Monthly Internet Auction of US Coins from Heritage features selections of classic (1892-1954) silver and gold commemorative coins. Open for bidding now, this auction is scheduled to close with a live session conducted exclusively through Heritage Live at 6 PM CT on Wednesday, January 15. Classic commemorative coins are typified by a wide […]

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The Year That Was: Winners and Losers at the US Mint in 2019

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. The United States Mint had a busy year in 2019, which isn’t surprising given the amazing pace at which it has been producing new collectible coins and other products in recent years. The Mint’s catalog has been growing in size for many years now, and it’s stuffed annually with […]

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Maine Centennial Half Dollar Turns 100 in 2020

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for PCGS ….. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the Maine Centennial Commemorative half dollar, a coin that was issued in 1920 to honor the 100th anniversary of Maine’s admission to the Union in 1820. As a pre-1930 issue, the Maine Centennial is among the earlier group of Classic United […]

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US Gold Coins of the 2010s: A Golden Decade For Collectors?

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. As 2019 winds down, so, too, does the decade of the 2010s. It was a colorful period for the United States Mint, which produced a staggering variety of numismatic gold coinage for collectors. Coin collectors have been busy trying to keep up with the Mint’s rapidly expanding gold catalog, […]

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Coin Profiles – 1900 Lafayette Memorial Silver Dollar

Editors’ Note: CoinWeek posted a multi-part article by David Provost on the 1900 Lafayette Silver Dollar. Part I can be read here ……. and Part II is here . The renowned 18th-century French nobleman, the Marquis de Lafayette, has occupied a special place in the hearts of Americans for over 200 years. Born in 1757 […]

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Coin Profiles – 1900 Lafayette Memorial Silver Dollar

Editors’ Note: CoinWeek posted a multi-part article by David Provost on the 1900 Lafayette Dollar. Part I can be read here ……. and Part II is here . The renowned 18th-century French nobleman, the Marquis de Lafayette, has occupied a special place in the hearts of Americans for over 200 years. Born in 1757 to […]

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Coin Profiles – 1900 Lafayette Memorial Silver Dollar

Editors’ Note: CoinWeek posted a multi-part article by David Provost on the 1900 Lafayette Dollar. Part I can be read here ……. and Part II is here . The renowned 18th-century French nobleman, the Marquis de Lafayette, has occupied a special place in the hearts of Americans for over 200 years. Born in 1757 to […]

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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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Modern Commemorative Coins: From Concept to Production

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek ….. When it comes to producing commemorative coinage in the bureaucratic realm of the U.S. government, officials at the United States Mint have relatively little wiggle room. While many world mints have a degree of operational autonomy and the liberty to produce creative, outside-the-box coinage – such as the colored […]

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Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act Passes Congress

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. After years of trying and bills introduced to multiple Congresses, on Thursday, September 19, the 116th Congress of the United States passed the most recent version of the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act. The Senate bill (S. 239), having been approved by that body on July 9, was placed […]

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National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act Passes House, Moves to Senate

By the Office of U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney …… On Thursday, September 19, United States Representative Sean Patrick Maloney’s (D-NY18) bipartisan bill, the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Commemorative Coin Act passed unanimously in the House, with the support of 307 cosponsors. The bill honors the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and […]

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United States Mint Unveils 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Coin Designs

On Friday, September 6, the United States Mintunveiled designs for the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Coin Program during the 2019 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield Symphony Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts. The designs will be featured on three dome-shaped coins: a $5 gold, a $1 silver, and a half-dollar clad. […]

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A Good Gun, a Good Horse and a Good Wife: Daniel Boone and the Missouri Centennial Commemorative Half Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… Born in 1734 near Reading, Pennsylvania, Daniel Boone had all the ingredients for a happy life. “All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse and a good wife,” Boone said. Yet the father of 10 children with his wife Rebecca had a taste for adventure and […]

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The Second Life of the 1904-05 Lewis & Clark Exposition Gold Dollar

  By Blanchard & Company …… The United States expanded its reach in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. For $15 million the U.S. acquired 828,000 square miles from France. The additional land doubled the size of the country. Soon after, President Thomas Jefferson took the initiative to find out what awaited in that great wilderness. […]

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Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act Introduced to Congress

From the Office of Tim Kaine, Senator …… On Tuesday, July 30, United States Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), along with U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO5) and Steve Stivers (R-OH15), introduced the Negro Leagues Baseball Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The legislation directs the U.S. Treasury to mint a coin to commemorate […]

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Calling All Collectors: Support the 2021 Morgan & Peace Silver Dollar Centennial Commemorative Coin Bill

Silver Dollar Commemorative Support By Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) …… The Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN) is calling on all fellow coin collectors to contact their United States Congressional Representatives to co-sponsor the H.R. 3757 Silver Dollar Commemorative legislation. This House Bill will require the Secretary of the Treasury to mint coins in commemoration […]

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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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CCAC Selects Design Recommendations for 2020 Basketball Commemorative Coins

United States Mint also reveals possibility of colorized silver, clad commems   By CoinWeek News Staff ….. As the immortal rapper Kurtis Blow once sang, “Basketball is my favorite sport, I like the way they dribble up and down the court.” And in that spirit, on Wednesday, July 17, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) […]

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A Man, a Plan, a Coin: The Classic Oregon Trail Commemorative Half Dollar

By Blanchard & Company …… For many, the Oregon Trail evokes thoughts of untouched terrain, the untamed wild, and new beginnings. The reality was much different. Many lost their lives traveling the 2,170 miles spanning the distance of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho, and Oregon. It is estimated that 20,000 people lie in unmarked graves. The […]

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Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Bill Passes Senate

By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. On Tuesday, July 9, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would authorize the United States Mint to produce commemorative silver $1 coins in honor of Christa McAuliffe, a high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire who was on board the Space Shuttle Challenger when it exploded not […]

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World Cup eBay

By CoinWeek Staff Reports …. The final match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World’s Cup took place in Lyon, France on Sunday, July 7, and once again the United States Women’s National Soccer Team proved their dominance of the sport with their second consecutive championship and fourth championship title overall. Captained by the charismatic Megan […]

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The Secondary Market for the 1994 World Cup Commemorative Coins

By CoinWeek Staff Reports …. The final match of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World’s Cup took place in Lyon, France on Sunday, July 7, and once again the United States Women’s National Soccer Team proved their dominance of the sport with their second consecutive championship and fourth championship title overall. Captained by the charismatic Megan […]

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General Lafayette on US Coins – The Hero of Two Worlds

A national hero to not one but two countries Born in 1757, Gilbert Lafayette came from an ancient noble family in France. By his teen years, Lafayette was orphaned and inherited an immense fortune. He joined the court of King Louis XVI, but yearned for something more meaningful and exciting. Lafayette wanted to become a […]

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Special NGC Label and Designation for Apollo 11 Anniversary Week

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is offering a special label and designation that is available exclusively for 2019 Apollo 11-themed coins received during the anniversary of the historic moon mission. On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission launched from Florida, landing astronauts on the moon on July 20 and returning them safely to Earth on […]

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Special NGC Label and Designation for Apollo 11 Anniversary Week

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is offering a special label and designation that is available exclusively for 2019 Apollo 11-themed coins received during the anniversary of the historic moon mission. On July 16, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission launched from Florida, landing astronauts on the moon on July 20 and returning them safely to Earth on […]

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American Legion 100th Anniversary 2019 Proof Silver Dollar and Medal Set Now Available from US Mint

The United States Mint released the 2019 American Legion 100th Anniversary Proof Silver Dollar and American Veterans Silver Medal Set (product code 19CQ) on May 20. Priced at $99.95, this special set consists of one American Legion Proof Silver Dollar and one American Veterans Silver Medal, both of which contain 99.9 percent silver, and production […]

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U.S. Mint Providing Replacement Sleeve for 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Proof Half Dollar Set

All Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 2019 Proof Half Dollar Sets were assembled with an error on the product sleeve. The back of the outside packaging sleeve incorrectly shows Gilroy Roberts as designing and engraving both the obverse and reverse of the Kennedy half dollar. Roberts designed and engraved the obverse but Frank Gasparro designed and […]

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Columbian Exposition and Classic US Commemoratives: Paying 50 Cents for a Quarter

By Blanchard & Company …… What do the world’s first Ferris wheel, a quarter that costs 50 cents and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry have in common? Answer? The 1893 World Columbian Exposition, also known as Chicago’s World Fair. It was the site of the world’s first Ferris wheel. Originally known as the “Chicago […]

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Modern Coin News – U.S. Bill Proposes Women’s History Quarter Program

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On March 27, 2019, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA13) introduced a bill to authorize the Treasury Department to strike a new multi-year quarter series of changing reverses honoring women’s history and the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed a woman’s right to vote in 1920. The new program would […]

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United States Mint Hosts Public Design Competition for Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins

The United States Mint invites artists from across the country to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Design Competition. We have begun accepting applications today (March 19, 2019) as of 12:00 p.m. (ET). The application window will close at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on April 15, 2019. Public Law 115-343 authorizes the Secretary […]

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High-Grade Connecticut Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar Coin at GreatCollections

By CoinWeek …. On Sunday, February 24 at 9:46 pm Eastern Time, bidding closed on a toned PCGS MS-67 1935 Connecticut Tercentenary Commemorative half dollar over at GreatCollections.com. The attractively toned coin was CAC approved and realized $1,375. A Worthy Commemorative In April and May of 1935, the Philadelphia Mint coined 25,018 Connecticut Tercentenary half […]

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United States 1936 250th Anniversary of Albany Silver Half Dollar

Description: The Albany Half Dollar is one of twenty 1936-dated commemorative silver coins issued by the United States Mint. The coin was authorized by Public Law 687, which authorized “the production of a minimum of 25,000 coins dated 1936 and bearing a special single design to commemorative the 250the Anniversary of the founding of the […]

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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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Astronauts Memorial Foundation Honors the Past, Inspires the Future with PCGS Apollo 11 Coin Holders

The Astronauts Memorial Foundation (www.amfcse.org), a nonprofit organization that honors and memorializes those astronauts who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and the space program by sponsoring the Space Mirror Memorial, and by implementing innovative educational technology programs, has selected Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) to create a special label to celebrate the launch of […]

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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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Bush Presidential Dollar, First Spouse Gold Coins and More Coming in 2019

2019 will be the first year in which both commemorative programs from the U.S. Mint are curved By CoinWeek News Staff …. On Tuesday, December 11, United States Representative Bruce Poliquin (R-ME2) introduced a bill (H.R. 7257) to the House of Representatives that would authorize the production in 2019 of new Presidential $1 coins honoring […]

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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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Classic Commemorative Coins Merge History, Design

By Connor Falk – Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC …… The classic commemorative silver half dollar series represents a merger of historical events and people with appealing coin designs. Issued between 1892 and 1954, classic commemorative halves were struck and sold to the growing coin collecting community in the United States. The use of coinage to […]

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Why the Booker T. Washington and Carver Washington Commemorative Half Dollars Still Matter

Commemorative Coins by Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. I’ve written about commemorative coins before. I wrote about what they are, and why we collect them. Commemoratives in the United States are typically divided into Classic and Modern categories, and I talked briefly about the distinction. Recent commemorative coins, such as the 2014 National Baseball […]

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Coin Profile – 1892-1893 Columbian Exposition Half Dollar

As the first commemorative Half Dollar struck, the Columbian Exposition Half Dollar holds a special place in the long and historic commemorative series. From the first proof striking that sold for $10,000 in 1892,(The first specimen struck was bought for $10,000 by the firm that made Remington typewriters, as a publicity stunt) and to the […]

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The $1,000 Kennedy Half Dollar Roll Search

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… For the past seven years, I had longed for the opportunity to pore through a bank box of half dollars to look for old and valuable coins. I’ve heard and read the stories for years about fellow collectors who had found silver half dollars, Franklin and Walking Liberty halves, […]

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The Fitzcarraldo of Kweichow, Warloard Zhou Xicheng and the 1928 Chinese “Auto Dollar”

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….. It’s said that every coin tells a story. Boy, do I have one straight out of Mysteries of the Unknown, and it involves warloard Zhou Xicheng and his car. In 1928, the warlord of Kweichow province, Zhou Xicheng, minted a coin to commemorate the completion of the Kweichow […]

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Paul Laurence Dunbar Commemorative Coin Legislation Introduced

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On June 25, Representative Eleanor Norton (D-DC) introduced to Congress a bill to Congress authorizing the United States Mint to produce commemorative coins honoring the life and legacy of Paul Laurence Dunbar. The Paul Laurence Dunbar Commemorative Coin Act of 2018 (H.R. 6214) provides for a maximum of 50,000 $5 gold coins, […]

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Carson City Mint Commemorative Coin Program Legislation Introduced

  By CoinWeek News Staff …. Carson City Mint 150th Anniversary On June 26, 2018, U.S. Representative Mark Amodei (R-NV2) introduced a bill to Congress authorizing the United States Mint to produce commemorative coins honoring the 150th anniversary of the Carson City Mint. The Carson City Mint 150th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act of 2018 (H.R. […]

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The Once and Future King: A (Brief) History of Gold Coins in America

By Ron Drzewucki – Modern Coin Wholesale ….   Long appreciated for its beauty, rarity and practicality, gold is the ultimate coining material. It’s true that even rarer metals can be made into bullion coins, and cheaper, more common substances make up our circulating coinage. But gold and alloys of gold have been there from […]

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PCGS All-Time Finest U.S. Commemorative Exhibit at ANA World’s Fair of Money

1920 Pilgrim 50c PCGS MS68-  This 1920 Pilgrim half dollar, PCGS Gold Shield MS68, is one of the many highlights of the J&L commemorative coin collection — the PCGS Set Registry® Current and All-Time Finest Set — that will be exhibited by PCGS at the ANA 2018 World’s Fair of Money®.  Photo credit: Professional Coin Grading Service www.PCGS.com. Visitors […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Columbian Half Dollar: A Commemorative Story

By Q. David Bowers – Co-founder, Stack’s Bowers ……   In the latest (2019 cover date) issue of A Guide Book of United States Coins, the 1892 and 1893 Columbian commemorative half dollars are listed at $310 each in MS-65 grade. Get set to be surprised! At the height of a boom in the coin […]

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CCAC Chooses America the Beautiful Quarters Designs for 2020-21

By CoinWeek News Staff ….. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held its most recent meeting at United States Mint headquarters last week to discuss designs for the final six entries in the long-running America the Beautiful Quarters program. Specifically, the Committee reviewed candidate artwork for the National Park of American Samoa, Weir Farm National […]

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Counterfeit Detection – 1937 Texas Half Dollar Commemorative Coin

Counterfeit Detection – Besides the metal content, there are a lot of other problems with this classic commemorative By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… A classic silver commemorative, the Texas Independence Centennial Half Dollar was produced from 1934 to 1938 in 13 date and mintmark combinations. The obverse features the Lone Star motif that the state […]

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United States Mint Voyageurs National Park Quarter Launch Ceremony June 14

WHAT: The United States Mint and the National Park Service will hold a launch ceremony for the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota. Event highlights include music performances by International Falls native Gavia Yount and local artist Darcy Sullivan. Additional ceremony participants include Boy Scouts of America Troop #150, […]

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Modern US Coins – CCAC to Discuss 2020 & 2021 America the Beautiful Designs

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting at 9:30 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at United States Mint Headquarters, in the Second Floor Conference Room, at 801 9th St. NW, in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the CCAC’s responsibility to advise […]

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ANA Money Museum Adds Exciting Donation to Collection

Tales From the Vault – The Sacagawea Dollar The Edward C. Rochette Money Museum received an exciting donation in late 2017: items related to the production of the Sacagawea dollar from the studio of acclaimed sculptor Glenna Goodacre (BELOW) The donation is a great addition to the ANA’s collection of plasters, galvanos and other production-related objects […]

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What Is a 1999 Delaware State Quarter Worth?

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek…. Hard to believe but it’s been almost 30 years since the United States Mint inaugurated its 50 State Quarters program. For a certain generation, it was the first real change in U.S. coinage they had ever experienced–at once exciting as a variety of new designs began to […]

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U.S. Mint Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Quarter Launch Ceremony April 11

WHAT: The United States Mint and the National Park Service will launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 10 a.m. CDT. The ceremony will take place at the Legendary Waters Resort in Red Cliff. The Bayfield High School Choir, Red Cliff […]

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Modern US Coins – New Bill Puts Notable Women on Quarter Reverses

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On March 15, U.S. Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA13) and Bruce Poliquin (R-ME2) introduced H.R. 5308 – the Women’s History and Nineteenth Amendment Centennial Quarter Dollar Coin Program Act – to Congress. The bill celebrates the 100th anniversary of the amendment that guarantees a woman’s right to vote by requiring the […]

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CCAC Selects Designs for 2019 American Legion Commemorative Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   On Tuesday, March 13, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held its second public meeting of 2018. The agenda included the review and recommendation of designs for the 2019 American Legion centennial Commemorative Coin Program and the discussion of design concepts for Native American $1 Coins for 2021 through […]

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Maloney, BCRF, U.S. Mint and Breast Cancer Survivors to Celebrate Launch Commemorative Coin at U.S. Capitol

New coins include first ever minted in “pink gold” by the United States Mint On Thursday, March 15, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) President Myra Biblowit, Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Mint David Croft, and Breast Cancer Survivor Melissa Miller will celebrate the launch of the Breast Cancer Awareness […]

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PCGS Donates to Breast Cancer Research Foundation with “Submissions for a Cure” Coin Grading Program

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is making a donation on behalf of coin collectors and dealers to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). PCGS created a special program it calls “Submissions for a Cure” that offers special pink labels, and pink gaskets created specifically for the U.S. Mint’s Breast Cancer Awareness Coin Program. The U.S. […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coins Next Big March Release from U.S. Mint

By CoinWeek …. The big release this month from the United States Mint is the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Program. Available for order starting at noon Eastern Time on Thursday, March 15, the program is perhaps most notable for including the Mint’s first-ever pink gold coin. Of course, the Mint is offering more than […]

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U.S. Mint to Issue Commemorative Breast Cancer Awareness Coins March 15

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for product options in the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Coins Program beginning on March 15 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Public Law 114-148—the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act—authorizes this three-coin program in recognition of America’s fight against breast cancer. The program includes a clad coin, a […]

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Jim Thorpe Dollar: 2018 Native American $1 Coin Products on Sale Feb. 15 From U.S. Mint

Sales will open for United States Mint product options featuring the 2018 Native American $1 Coin on February 15 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Since 2009, this $1 coin has displayed an annually-changing reverse design that recognizes the important contributions made by Indian tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the […]

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Modern US Coins – CCAC to Review Designs for 2019 American Legion Commemorative Coin

In addition to the American Legion commemorative, Native American $1 Coin design concepts for 2021 are also on the agenda The United States Mint announces a Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for March 13, 2018. Date: March 13, 2018. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST Location: Second Floor Conference Room, United […]

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Modern US Coins – U.S. Mint Launches 41st America the Beautiful Quarter

First quarter dollar of 2018 honors Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore The United States Mint joined the National Park Service (NPS) today to celebrate the release of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. The coin is the first of five America the Beautiful Quarters to be issued in […]

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U.S. Mint to Release 1st 2018 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coin Feb. 9

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (product code 18AJ) on February 9 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Struck in .999 fine silver at the Philadelphia Mint, the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins are unique in […]

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U.S. Mint Announces Pricing for Breast Cancer Pink Gold Commemorative Coins

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   On Tuesday, January 30, the United States Mint announced pricing for the silver $1 and clad half dollar 2018 Breast Cancer Coin Awareness commemorative . Prices for the gold $5 commemorative are determined by the Mint’s Numismatic and Commemorative Gold and Platinum Products pricing grid, available on its website, […]

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Counterfeit Detection – Oregon Trail Commemorative Silver Half Dollar

Counterfeit Oregon Trail commemorative silver half dollar  – A closer look reveals plenty of problems on this coin’s surfaces By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… The Oregon Trail commemorative silver half dollar has an iconic design that has made it one of the most popular of all silver commemorative types. The type had an overall mintage […]

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U.S. Mint to Launch Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter Feb. 7

WHAT: The United States Mint and the National Park Service (NPS) will launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 10 a.m. ET. The ceremony will be held at the Mather Elementary School Auditorium. Additional event highlights include a performance by the […]

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Stone Mountain: Birth of the Klan Half Dollar

By Eric Brothers for CoinWeek ….. It was in 1923 that renowned sculptor Gutzon Borglum wrote to influential senator Henry Cabot Lodge, urging him to support legislation for a Stone Mountain commemorative half dollar. The bill passed both houses of Congress and was signed by President Calvin Coolidge on March 17, 1924. The money raised […]

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Modern US Coins – House Passes American Innovation $1 Coin Act

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   On Tuesday, January 16, the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 770, the American Innovation $1 Coin Act. The bill would require the Treasury to “mint coins in recognition of American innovation & significant innovation and pioneering efforts of individuals or groups” from each state, territory and the […]

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Gold & Silver PAC January 2018 e-Newsletter:

By Scott Barman for the Gold & Silver PAC ….. Gold & Silver News From the Political Coordinator HAPPY NEW YEAR! A new year not only marks the beginning of the year but also a chance for a new beginning. For states whose legislature is part-time based on the state constitution, the sessions begin in earnest […]

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United States 2018 World War I Army Veterans Centennial Silver $1 Commemorative Coin

Description: It was the “War to End All Wars”. When the United States entered the conflict on April 6, 1917, World War I had been raging for almost three years. During that time, the liberal President Thomas Woodrow Wilson had maintained the country’s political neutrality – despite his own feelings to the contrary and the […]

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The 1901 Pan-American Exposition in the “Rainbow City”

1901 Pan-American Exposition and The “Rainbow City” — the assassination that took place there & new coins and medals By 1900, the United States had established itself as a major world power. The frontier had been settled coast to coast. The major hostilities with Native Americans ended in 1890 at Wounded Knee, and the massive […]

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Modern US Coins – Design Selected for 2019 Mariana Islands ATB Quarter

Presidential and military-themed silver medals also discussed by CCAC By CoinWeek News Staff …. On Tuesday, January 16, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held a public meeting to review designs for the 2019 America the Beautiful Northern Mariana Islands American Memorial Park quarter and make their final recommendation. This was the second portfolio of […]

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U.S. Mint to Offer 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Jan. 23

Sales will open for the 2018 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set ™ (product code 18AP) on January 23, 2018, at noon Eastern Time (ET). This year’s set–priced at $15.95–consists of five proof-finish America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins that honor Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin), Voyageurs National […]

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US Coins – America’s African-American Numismatic Legacy

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek …. When we sit down to write, we have a few guiding principles. One of our basic assumptions is that the market for modern American coinage is underdeveloped and undervalued. It’s a market full of opportunities for anyone with an eye for value investing and collectors with a soft spot […]

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Booker T. on the Tarmac: A Story About First Coinvestors

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Anthony Swiatek and Walter Breen’s The Encyclopedia of United States Silver & Gold Commemorative Coins: 1892-1954 has always been one of my favorite books. Sure, the topic’s been done better, most recently by Swiatek himself. And yes, the book is hopelessly optimistic about what was then the future […]

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New Proposed US Commemorative Coins Honor National Law Enforcement Museum

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On December 21, 2017, United States Representative David Reichert (R-WA8) introduced a bill to Congress authorizing the United States Mint to produce commemorative coins honoring the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington, DC. The National Law Enforcement Museum Commemorative Coin Act (H.R. 4732) provides for a maximum of 50,000 $5 […]

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U.S. Mint Releases 2018 Native American $1 Coin Reverse Design

The United States Mint officially announced the reverse design of the 2018 Native American $1 Coin. The coin’s theme pays homage to sports legend Jim Thorpe. The 2018 reverse design depicts Jim Thorpe, with the foreground elements highlighting his football and Olympic achievements. Inscriptions are “JIM THORPE,” “WA-THO-HUK” (Thorpe’s Sac and Fox tribe name), “UNITED […]

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Modern US Coins – Congress Proposes 400th Anniversary Mayflower Commemoratives

By CoinWeek News Staff …. On December 4, 2017, Junior Senator Edward “Ed” Markey (D-MA) introduced a bill (S. 2189) that authorizes the production of commemorative coins celebrating the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower and the founding of Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts by the Pilgrims in 1620. Elizabeth Warren, the senior senator […]

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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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U.S. Mint Hosts Ceremonial Strike of New 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

Congressionally Authorized Coin Honors America’s Veterans of World War I By United States World War One Centennial Commission ……   On Tuesday, November 28, the United States Mint hosted a ceremonial strike of the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar honoring the 100th anniversary of American participation in World War I. Gerald York, grandson […]

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George Rogers Clark National Park 5oz Silver Uncirculated Coin on Sale Dec. 5

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin honoring George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (product code 17AN) on December 5 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins replicate the designs featured on the United States Mint […]

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On Collecting Bicentennial Quarters: Risks and Rewards

By Charles Morgan with Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….. Coin Overview: As a child of the ‘80s, I was always fond of the Bicentennial quarter. It still turns up in pocket change once in a while, and roll hunters can run across more than a few when poring over bank boxes. Most circulating specimens survive […]

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Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

If it’s not already a tradition, find a way to introduce numismatics this holiday season By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   As this article posts we are about to enjoy a truly American holiday tradition: Thanksgiving. A touch of light snowfall covering the ground only enhances the mood for this great season. […]

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Counterfeit Coin Detection – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Commemorative

Counterfeit coin – 1920 Pilgrim Tercentenary Half Dollar The relatively crude forgery shows extensive loss of detail throughout. By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   In recent years, the “Classic” Commemorative series has become increasingly popular. These coins were first issued in 1892 to celebrate the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition, with nearly a million Columbian half dollars […]

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U.S. Mint to Release Circulating America the Beautiful Quarter 10-Coin Set Nov. 21

  The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarter Circulating Coin Set™ (product code 17AC) starting on November 21 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This year’s set includes 10 circulating quarters–five from the Philadelphia Mint and five from the Denver Mint–with reverse designs honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), […]

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NGC Grades Rare 1915 Panama-Pacific Commemorative Coin Double Set

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare 1915 Panama-Pacific “Double Set”. The set, one of the rarest and most remarkable items in all of American numismatics, will be sold by Heritage Auctions in January. In 1915, San Francisco hosted the Panama-Pacific Exposition, a World Fair that celebrated one of the greatest feats of […]

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NGC Grades Rare 1915 Panama-Pacific Commemorative Coin Double Set

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extremely rare 1915 Panama-Pacific “Double Set”. The set, one of the rarest and most remarkable items in all of American numismatics, will be sold by Heritage Auctions in January. In 1915, San Francisco hosted the Panama-Pacific Exposition, a World Fair that celebrated one of the greatest feats of […]

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U.S. Mint Launches Final 2017 America the Beautiful Quarter Near Banks of the Wabash

New quarter shines the spotlight on George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana The United States Mint held a ceremony on Tuesday, November 14 near the Wabash River to officially launch the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter, the 40th release in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program and the final coin of […]

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Budget Coin Collecting: Finding Great Value at Major Sales

Pedigreed rarities for a pittance: Newman IX claims $4.5 million By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor …….. A bit of déjà vu for MLB: For the second year in a row, another seven-game World Series, with the visiting team taking home the trophy in November. In the sporting world, timetables for the playoffs seem to […]

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U.S. Mint Releases George Rogers Clark National Park Quarters Products Nov. 13

United States Mint products featuring America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins honoring George Rogers Clark National Historical Park will be available for purchase starting on November 13 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The coin’s reverse design features George Rogers Clark leading his men through the flooded plains approaching Fort Sackville with the inscriptions “GEORGE ROGERS […]

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U.S. Mint Shines Spotlight on George Rogers Clark National Historical Park Nov. 14

WHAT: The United States Mint will hold its official launch ceremony for the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park quarter on Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 a.m. (ET). Event highlights include performances by the George Rogers Clark Fife and Drum Corps and Vogel Elementary School Choir. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Frank Morris, […]

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Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Congresswoman Maloney Unveil Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin

Coins will be available for sale in early 2018 with proceeds supporting breast cancer research By Breast Cancer Research Foundation ……   On October 22, during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) joined Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) President & CEO Myra Biblowit, BCRF Chief Mission Officer Dr. Marc Hurlbert, Director at […]

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Modern US Coins – CCAC Discusses Apollo 11 Designs, ATB Quarter Concepts

By CoinWeek News Staff …. Wednesday’s meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (otherwise known as the CCAC) was relatively painless. Only two items were on the agenda, and neither required a vote: the review and discussion of finalist designs for the 50th Anniversary Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin program and a discussion of the concepts […]

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Modern US Coins – CCAC Discusses Apollo 11 Designs, ATB Quarter Concepts

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Wednesday’s meeting of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (otherwise known as the CCAC) was relatively painless. Only two items were on the agenda, and neither required a vote: the review and discussion of finalist designs for the 50th Anniversary Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin program and a discussion of the […]

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U.S. Mint Reveals New Coin Product Release Schedule for Spring 2018

By CoinWeek News Staff …. At the United States Mint Forum, held at Mint headquarters in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, October 17, Numismatic Program Manager Ann Bailey delivered a presentation on next year’s upcoming numismatic product releases, at the end of which she promised that the first quarter schedule would appear on the Mint’s website […]

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Modern US Coins – CCAC to Review Apollo 11, America the Beautiful Quarters Designs

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting at 9:00 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday October 18, 2017, at United States Mint Headquarters, in the Second Floor Conference Room, at 801 9th St. NW, in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the CCAC’s responsibility to advise […]

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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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U.S. Mint Unveils Winning Designs for World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

The United States Mint unveiled the winning designs in the World War I Centennial 2018 Commemorative Coin Design Competition on Monday, October 9. The unveiling took place during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The designs, by LeRoy Transfield […]

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U.S. Mint News – Trump Nominates David Ryder as 39th Mint Director

Household order limits also lifted on the Mint’s 2017 Silver Proof Set By CoinWeek News Staff …. In a press release dating from from October 5, the White House announced that President Trump has nominated David J. Ryder for the position of Director of the United States Mint, a role that officially has went unfilled […]

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Modern US Coins – Congress Proposes John Kennedy, World War 2 Commemorative Programs

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   As a coin collector, one may almost be forgiven for believing that Congress was frittering away its time this past summer by focusing on frivolous bills of no numismatic import whatsoever (Graham-Cassidy what now?), but two commemorative programs were introduced that prove our legislators have their priorities straight. And […]

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U.S. Mint to Unveil Designs for Commemorative Coin Honoring World War I Vets

WHAT: The United States Mint will unveil the winning designs in the World War I Centennial 2018 Commemorative Coin Designs Competition on Monday, October 9, opening day of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The coin designs will be […]

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Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – “Two Bits” US Quarter Design Proposed

by Daniel Frank Sedwick…. Could the two bits return to circulation? A Spanish colonial influenced design for the 2019 Texas San Antonio Missions America the Beautiful quarter was recommended by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) on September 19. The reverse design is based heavily on Spanish colonial cob reales, which circulated widely in North […]

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Daniel Frank Sedwick’s The Cob Report – “Two Bits” US Quarter Design Proposed

By Daniel Frank Sedwick, LLC ……   Could the two bits return to circulation? A Spanish colonial influenced design for the 2019 Texas San Antonio Missions America the Beautiful quarter was recommended by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) on September 19. The reverse design is based heavily on Spanish colonial cob reales, which circulated […]

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CCAC Approves 2019 ATB Quarter, OSS Gold Medal Designs

Committee member Donald Scarinci serves as guest Chair By CoinWeek News Staff …. The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held an open meeting at the United States Mint on Tuesday, September 19 in which interested members of the public were invited to attend or to listen in on a teleconference line. Two primary items were […]

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U.S. Mint Ellis Island Quarters 3-Coin Set on Sale September 14

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ -Ellis Island (product code 17AM) on September 14, at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $9.95, this set contains two uncirculated Ellis Island quarters – one from the Philadelphia Mint and one from the Denver Mint – and […]

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Modern US Coins – CCAC to Review 2019 ATB Quarter Designs, OSS Gold Medal

Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for June 21, 2017. Date: September 19, 2017. Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST Location: Second Floor Conference Room, United States Mint, 801 9th Street NW., Washington, DC 20220. Interested members […]

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U. S. Mint Joins National Park Service on “Island of Hope” to Release Newest Quarter

The United States Mint and the National Park Service (NPS) today launched the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program New Jersey quarter honoring Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants seeking new opportunities and experiences in America. The quarter’s reverse design depicts an immigrant family approaching Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and […]

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NGC Signs Cassie McFarland, Artist Famed for Baseball Coins, to Autograph Labels

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has inked a deal for graphic artist Cassie McFarland to individually autograph NGC certification labels. McFarland’s numismatic prestige comes from her winning design for the obverse of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins, the first concave coins produced by the US Mint. McFarland, a California-based graphic artist, came across […]

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State of the Mint – U.S. Mint Numismatic Coin Sales as of Aug. 13, 2017

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Current numismatic coin sales figures* from the U.S. Mint. Products listed are currently available for purchase at the U.S. Mint. Items labeled ‘Out of Stock’ or ‘Sold Out’ on usmint.gov are not listed below. Sales figures for items older than 2010 are omitted from the Mint’s online records and therefore not […]

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Modern US Coins – 2016 America the Beautiful Harpers Ferry National Historical Park 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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State of the Mint – U.S. Mint Numismatic Coin Sales as of Aug. 6, 2017

By CoinWeek News Staff….   Current numismatic coin sales figures* from the U.S. Mint. Products listed are currently available for purchase. Items labeled ‘Out of Stock’ or ‘Sold Out’ on usmint.gov are not listed below. Sales figures for items older than 2010 are omitted from the Mint’s online records and therefore not included here. Listings change […]

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Third 2017 America the Beautiful 5oz Silver Uncirculated Coin on Sale July 11

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5oz Silver Uncirculated Coin-Ozark National Scenic Riverways (product code 17AL) on July 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins features the same designs that appear on their America the Beautiful […]

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The Highly Collectible & History Packed Gold Commemorative Coin Series

By Kathleen Duncan of Pinnacle Rarities…. The Gold Classic Commemorative series is an easily obtainable collection, containing only 11 issues, not including the exceptionally rare Round and Octagonal Pan Pac fifty dollar slugs. The coins are readily available in high grades and reasonably priced considering their low mintages. The first gold commems were issued in […]

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Ozark Riverways Quarter 3-Coin Set Available June 26 from U.S. Mint

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Ozark National Scenic Riverways (product code 17AF) on June 26 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design of the quarters in this set depicts Alley Mill, a steel roller mill built in 1894. This merchant mill was […]

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Candidate Designs Revealed for Upcoming Commemorative Coins, Gold Medals

By CoinWeek News Staff …. The United States Mint recently revealed design candidates for a number of coin and medal programs, including the 2019 and 2020 Native American $1 coins, the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary commemorative coin program, and the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and Filipino Veterans of World War 2 Congressional Gold […]

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Modern US Coins – CCAC to Discuss Apollo 11 Commem, Filipino Veterans Medal Designs June 21

A possible 2018 American Liberty 24-karat gold fractional coin also on the meeting’s agenda Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for June 21, 2017. Date: June 21, 2017. Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. EST Location: Second Floor […]

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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 1976 Bicentennial Kennedy Half Dollar

  Description: Americans have long considered the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 as the birthday of the United States. And 1976 was a special year: the 200th anniversary, or bicentennial, of our nation’s founding. But Congress and the U.S. Mint were still leery of what they viewed as the abuses […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for May 12, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for May 12, 2017 Current Events 1.) Indian Demonetization did not impede future black money flows: UN report The Indian government’s demonetisation measures did not impede future black money flows in new denominations, a UN report said on Monday. According to UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia […]

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New US Commemorative Coin Proposals Honor Coast Guard, Christa McAuliffe

House version of COINS Act also introduced By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Four coin-related bills were introduced into Congress in the last few weeks, three of which would authorize the United States Mint to strike new commemorative coins for the year 2020. The first to be introduced was H.R. 2256–the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin […]

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New US Commemorative Coin Proposals Honor Coast Guard, Christa McAuliffe

House version of COINS Act also introduced By CoinWeek News Staff …. Four coin-related bills were introduced into Congress in the last few weeks, three of which would authorize the United States Mint to strike new commemorative coins for the year 2020. The first to be introduced was H.R. 2256–the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act […]

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U.S. Mint Annual Uncirculated Coin Set on Sale May 17

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® (product code 17RJ) on May 17 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This year’s set consists of 20 coins—one folder of 10 coins from the Philadelphia Mint and one folder of 10 coins from the Denver Mint. Coins in […]

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Modern US Coins – 2017 America the Beautiful Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 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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Classic US Coins – Is the Vintage Commemorative Coin Market Sunk?

Coin Rarities & Related Topics: News and Analysis regarding scarce coins, markets, and coin collecting #380 A Weekly CoinWeek Column by Greg Reynolds ….. Vintage silver commemorative coins were minted from 1892 to 1955. Except for the Isabella quarter (1893) and the Lafayette silver dollar (1900), all are half dollars. Prices for these have never come […]

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U.S. Mint Releases Next 2017 America the Beautiful 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin May 2

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin-Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (product code 17AK) on May 2 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, D.C., in the background. Inscriptions […]

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United States 2017 Boys Town Centennial Half Dollar Coin

Description: The United States Mint released three commemorative coins in 2017 that honor Boys Town, a non-profit child welfare organization headquartered in Nebraska. While the mission of Boys Town today is to help provide care for at-risk youth of all genders, the iconic youth organization was founded in 1917 as a refuge for wayward boys. […]

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United States 2017 Boys Town Centennial $5 Gold Coin

Description: The 2017 Boys Town commemorative $5 gold coin is one of three special United States Mint issues that honor the 100th anniversary of the famous Nebraska-based organization that provides care for at-risk youth. The non-profit organization was founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, who established Boys Town in Omaha as a home for […]

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U.S. Mint Releases Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter April 3

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for rolls and bags of America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coins honoring the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the District of Columbia starting on April 3 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The coin’s reverse design depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home […]

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CoinWeek News Wire for March 31, 2017

By Coinweek ….   CoinWeek News Wire for March 31, 2017 Brain Food 1.) The 300-Year Quest to Make a Foolproof £1 Coin Sir Isaac Newton founded modern physics but struggled to make a coin that couldn’t be counterfeited… 2.) Spearfish woman made her mark at Denver Mint In 1981, Nora Walsh Hussey was appointed […]

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Sales Open Today for 2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coins

The United States Mint will open sales for product options in the 2017 Boys Town Centennial Commemorative Coin Program today (March 9) at noon Eastern Time (ET). Product options and their prices are as follows: Products containing gold coins will be priced according to the Mint’s 2017 Pricing of Numismatic and Commemorative Gold and Platinum […]

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American Innovation $1 Coin Program Reintroduced to Congress

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On January 31, 2017, the American Innovation $1 Coin Act (H.R. 770) was reintroduced, this time to the 115th Congress of the United States of America. Once again, the chief sponsor of the bill is U.S. Representative James A. Himes (D-CT4). Co-sponsors currently include Representatives […]

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American Innovation $1 Coin Program Reintroduced to Congress

By Charles Morgan and Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   On January 31, 2017, the American Innovation $1 Coin Act (H.R. 770) was reintroduced, this time to the 115th Congress of the United States of America. Once again, the chief sponsor of the bill is U.S. Representative James A. Himes (D-CT4). Co-sponsors currently include Representatives […]

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Falling Commemorative Coin Mintages: Why It Happened and How to Profit

By David Schwager for CoinWeek ….. Proof sets. Mint sets. Commemorative coins. Is there a bottom to the falling mintages of these U.S. Mint mainstays? New lows experienced by the 2016 National Park Service coins raise this question. And what should a profit-minded buyer do? When the United States modern commemorative period began in 1982 […]

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The $1,000 Kennedy Half Dollar Roll Search

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com …… For the past seven years, I had longed for the opportunity to pore through a bank box of half dollars to look for old and valuable coins. I’ve heard and read the stories for years about fellow collectors who had found silver half dollars, Franklin and Walking Liberty halves, […]

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2017 U.S. Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set Available Jan. 5

Sales will open for the 2017 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set™ (product code 17AP) on January 5 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The five proof-finish quarters in this set have reverse designs honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (IA), Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (DC), Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO), Ellis Island […]

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Modern Commemoratives – 50th Anniversary Apollo 11 Coin Bill Passes House

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   On Monday, December 5, the United States House of Representatives passed legislation authorizing the production and sale of commemorative coins honoring the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing – the first time mankind had ever set foot upon the surface of another planetary body. The bill (H.R. […]

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2016 U.S. Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set Available Dec. 14

The 2016 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set (product code 16RB) will be available for purchase starting on December 14 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $49.95, this set contains the following uncirculated quality $1 coins in production this year: Three Presidential $1 Coins Struck at the Philadelphia Mint, the obverses of […]

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2016 Fort Moultrie ATB 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Avail. Dec. 8

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin-Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) (product code 16AN) on December 8 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design features Sergeant William Jasper returning the regimental flag to the ramparts while under attack from a British ship. […]

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U.S. Mint Releases 2017 Native American $1 Coin Reverse Design

On December 1, the United States Mint released the design that will appear on the reverse of the Native American $1 Coin next year. The coin will honor Sequoyah of the Cherokee Nation, creator of the Cherokee language. Designed by Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Chris Costello and sculpted by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. […]

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Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter Nat. Monument) America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set Avail. Dec. 5

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ – Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) (product code 16AH) on December 5 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This set contains two uncirculated Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) quarters–one each from the Philadelphia Mint and Denver Mint facilities–and […]

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United States 2015 Lady Bird Johnson First Spouse $10 Gold Coin

Description: On August 27, 2015, the United States Mint issued the 2015 Lady Bird Johnson 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 […]

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Thanksgiving – A New Numismatic Tradition

If it’s not already a tradition, find a way to introduce numismatics this holiday season By Jim Bisognani for Numismatic Guaranty Corporation …… As this article posts we are about to enjoy a truly American holiday tradition: Thanksgiving. A touch of light snowfall covering the ground only enhances the mood for this great season. While […]

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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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2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set Available Nov. 22

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set™ (product code 16AC) starting on November 22 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $5.95, the set contains 10 circulating coins-five from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and five from the United States Mint at Denver – […]

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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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U.S. Mint Limited Edition 2016 Silver Proof Set Available November 25

The 2016 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set (product code 16RC) will be available for purchase beginning on November 25 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Priced at $139.95, this set includes the following proof quality coins: One American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin; Five America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coins honoring Shawnee […]

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