Whitman Publishing Wants Your Imperfect Coins

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The following is a courtesy post from Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. (Atlanta, Georgia)—Whitman Publishing is looking for sharp, high-resolution photographs or scans of “problem” coins to illustrate in upcoming books. Hobbyists who share their images will be credited in the books’ acknowledgments. “Most of the time we show Mint State pieces with strong details, to give our … [Read More...]

U.S. Mint Releases Annual Report for FY 2016

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Note: This post was updated on 2/16/17 at 7:00 p.m. to split bullet point #3 into what are now bullet points #3 and #4.—Editor The United States Mint has released its annual report for fiscal year 2016. As stated in the introductory letter from Rhett Jeppson, who was principal deputy director of the Mint until his resignation on January 20, 2017, the Mint performed solidly last fiscal year. … [Read More...]

United States Mint awarded two top honors for Coin of the Year

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(Washington)—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 Best Circulating Coin for its America the Beautiful Program quarter honoring Kisatchie National Forest, and in the category of Most … [Read More...]

U.S. Mint establishes March calendar, Boys Town Centennial silver and clad pricing

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The following is a cross-post from Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. The Mint has updated its online catalog to include March issues and their dates. It has also released the pricing for the 2017 Boys Town Centennial commemorative silver coins; these prices are not yet listed on the website but will be published in the next Federal Register. March 2 is the big day for American Eagle … [Read More...]

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and a Few of Its Design Ideals

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This post was updated on Feb. 4 at 8:10 a.m. to add a missing hyperlink. As an intermediate step between parts 1 and 2 of “A Vision of Liberty for a Modern Nation,” it seems helpful to take a look at the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), which featured prominently in part 1. This post, although lengthy, will be looking at three simple questions: What exactly is the CCAC’s role? What … [Read More...]

A Vision of Liberty for a Modern Nation, Part 1: Treading Lightly

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In March of last year, when the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee released its final design choice for the 2017 American Liberty high-relief gold coin, the numismatic zone of the Internet exploded. The conflict renewed at each step in the process, including the official unveiling this month: fans praised the design’s inclusiveness and beauty, while detractors called it politically correct, … [Read More...]

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee Looks Ahead to New Dollar Coins

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Dennis Tucker serves the hobby community as publisher at Whitman Publishing, the nation’s largest publisher of numismatic references. He holds the position of numismatic specialist on the CCAC. On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC, www.ccac.gov) met telephonically, with members calling in from both coasts and points in between. U.S. Mint staff and officers … [Read More...]

2017-P Cent Makes a Big Stir with Zero Marketing Dollars

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What you’ve heard is true. Quietly, and all unannounced, the Mint has slipped pennies with the Philadelphia Mint’s “P” mintmark into circulation. Now, if you’re up to date with your U.S. penny history, you can skip to the next paragraph. If not, try this: Pick up a copy of the Red Book—doesn’t matter what edition—and flip to the beginning of the section on small cents. First page: Flying … [Read More...]

U.S. Mint 2017 First-Day Bullion-Coin Sales

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The Mint has announced its first-day bullion-coin sales figures. The 2017-dated American Eagle gold and silver bullion coins and American Buffalo gold coins were first made available for sale to Authorized Purchasers (APs) on January 9 this year. Sales of American Eagle gold bullion coins, at 68,000 ounces, exceeded last year’s volume by nearly 15%. Unit sales, by size, are as follows: 1 … [Read More...]

The U.S. Mint and the U.S. Postal Service: Time for a Collaboration

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A few days ago, a postal carrier in Pocatello, Idaho, penned a letter to the editor of the Idaho Press-Tribune. In it, he noted that 2017 would once again be a challenge for the U.S. Postal Service. He cautioned that privatizing the USPS would create problems like reducing service to remote rural areas; instead, he suggested “expanding services such as banking, and offering U.S. Mint … [Read More...]