The disappointing American Liberty $10 Proof Coin launch

By Louis Golino First day sales of the 2018 American Liberty $10 One-Tenth-Ounce Gold Proof Coin on February 9 were a dismal 9,852, which does not bode well for upcoming sales and secondary market performance. There has also been relatively little discussion of this new issue in the blogosphere compared to the one-ounce, high-relief version of the coin released last spring — or other … [Read More...]

Bowers on collecting: American medals to the fore — 1893 Columbian Exposition Award Medal

By Q. David Bowers Welcome to the latest installment in my series on the subject. I highlight some of those featured in the best-selling Whitman book, 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens. This week I feature the prize medal issued to exhibitors at the World’s Columbian Exposition. I have a personal connection to this event. The first “rare coin” I ever owned was a worn 1893 Columbian … [Read More...]

The inverse relationship of precious metals and Bitcoin

In my previous article discussing the rise of Bitcoin as a possible form of digital bullion, I compared and contrasted its measure of value in comparison to gold and silver bullion. When I wrote my first article, the value of Bitcoin was rising toward an impressive $20,000 in value, and — as experts had predicted — it fell in value once more to a low of around $6,000 earlier this month. It has … [Read More...]

United States Mint to release set of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore coins on February 20

Washington — The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set-Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (product code 18AD) beginning February 20 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This set includes an Uncirculated quarter from the Philadelphia Mint, an Uncirculated quarter from the Denver Mint, and a Proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint featuring … [Read More...]

Bowers on collecting: American medals to the fore — the 1787 Washington and Columbia medal

By Q. David Bowers Welcome to the latest installment in my series on the subject. I highlight some of those featured in the best-selling Whitman book, 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens. This week I feature the Washington and Columbia medal, one of my all-time favorite items in American numismatics. I own a very nice example in the bank but still appreciate it every time I look at a … [Read More...]

First America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coin released to Authorized Purchasers on February 26

The following was sent to the Mint’s Authorized Purchasers on February 9,2018: The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Monday, February 26, 2018. We do not anticipate an allocation of these coins. The next America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coin, Apostle Islands National … [Read More...]

United States Mint to release 2018 Native American $1 Coin products on February 15

Washington — 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 United States. This year’s … [Read More...]

Bowers on collecting: American medals to the fore — the 1805 Eccleston medal

By Q. David Bowers Welcome to the latest installment in my series on the subject. I highlight some of those featured in the best-selling Whitman Publishing book, 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens. This week I showcase one of the most preposterous medals in the book, voted number 24 on the list: 1805 Washington Medal by Eccleston, “The Land Was Ours” Among numismatically popular … [Read More...]

United States Mint to release first 2018 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin on February 9

Washington — 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 that they measure three inches in diameter. The … [Read More...]

Pricing for the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program

The United States Mint is announcing pricing for the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program as follows: Coin Introductory Price Regular Price Silver Proof $51.95 $56.95 Silver Uncirculated 48.95 53.95 Clad Proof 27.95 32.95 Clad Uncirculated 25.95 30.95 Products containing gold coins will be … [Read More...]