United States Mint releases first coin in new platinum Proof coin series on January 25

Washington — The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin (product code 18EJ) on January 25, 2018, at noon Eastern Time. This coin is the first release in the three-year (2018-2020) Preamble to the Declaration of Independence Platinum Proof Coin Series. The series features all new obverse (heads) designs, as well as a new … [Read More...]

Bowers on collecting: Facts, fantasies, and opinions about the Bank of the United States

By Q. David Bowers I love history, and over a period of time, I have immersed myself in many accounts published in early newspapers, books, and directories. These include Niles’ Weekly Register, launched in Baltimore in 1811, and continued for decades afterward. I skimmed every issue and read anything that had to do with finance or numismatics. The result was an “I was there” experience, such as … [Read More...]

Medal collectors: A treasure chest of new silver issues is coming from the United States Mint

Presidential Medals Start This Year; New Military Program to Begin Soon Medal collectors—you’re in for some treats! As a longtime collector and student of medallic art, I’m excited about two new programs announced in today’s meeting (Tuesday, January 16, 2018) of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). Ann Bailey, the Mint’s program manager for numismatics and bullion, discussed a new … [Read More...]

America the Beautiful Quarters 2018 Proof Set to go on sale January 23 at noon

The 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (18AP) is to go on sale January 23 at noon on the Mint’s website. There is no mintage, product, or household order limit for the set at present. The set includes all five of the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters. Each coin possesses a Proof finish, reeded edge, and an “S” mint mark indicating its origin at the San Francisco Mint. The 2018 America … [Read More...]

United States Mint begins sales of 2018 WWI Commemorative Silver Dollar and Companion Medal Sets on January 17

Washington — The United States Mint will open sales for the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar and the World War I Centennial Silver Dollar and Medal Sets on January 17 at noon Eastern Time. Product information is below: Product Option Product Code Intro. Price Reg. Price Proof 18CA $51.95 $56.95 Uncirculated 18CB $48.95 $53.95 Army Special Set Coin & … [Read More...]

Bowers on collecting: Collecting Morgan silver dollars part two

By Q. David Bowers Continuing from my last column, I told about the release at the Philadelphia Mint in November 1962 of quantities of 1903-O dollars, hundreds of thousands of them. At the time the 1903-O cataloged in Mint State for $1,500 in the Guide Book of United States Coins, with no others priced higher. As I mentioned before, by that time I had been a dealer for nearly 10 years and had … [Read More...]

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

WASHINGTON — The United States Mint kicked off the New Year with the release of the 2018 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin (product code 18EA) on January 4, at noon Eastern Time (ET). Since its debut in 1986, the obverse (heads) of this coin has featured Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended … [Read More...]

Pricing changes for 2018 United States Mint numismatic products

The United States Mint is announcing pricing changes for some 2018 United States Mint Numismatic Products. Please see the table below: Product 2018 Retail Price United States Mint Proof Set $27.95 United States Mint Silver Proof Set 49.95 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set 21.95 United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Proof … [Read More...]

Bowers on collecting: Collecting silver Morgan dollars

By Q. David Bowers Welcome to my new series of columns. Over a period of time, I will touch on various subjects — from the popular, as here, to the obscure. I hope that you enjoy them. If you have any feedback, comments, or suggestions for future columns, just use my email address at the bottom. Years ago, the most popular American series to collect was Lincoln cents from 1909 onward. This was … [Read More...]

Weekly column by Q. David Bowers to commence this Wednesday

This Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Coin Update and Mint News Blog will commence hosting weekly columns by renowned numismatist and author Q. David Bowers. Every Wednesday, both blogs will be posting regular content produced by Bowers and we are delighted to deliver his uniquely qualified insights to the community. Bowers himself describes the columns as covering topics such as “nostalgia, … [Read More...]