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

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%. […]

A Glimpse Inside the Vault of the West Point Mint

A few weeks ago, the Mint posted on its YouTube channel a bit of B-roll footage shot inside the West Point Mint’s vaults. While the video isn’t particularly newsworthy, just a few miscellaneous shots (such being the nature of B-rolls), the sight of those stacks of gold and silver is always a little breathtaking—like walking into […]

The Folly of Legislating Art: Revisiting a 1998 Interview with John Veach Noble

Collectors of modern coins from the United States Mint often complain about their lack of visual appeal. While it’s true that people have been complaining about U.S. coin designs as long as there has been a U.S. Mint, it’s also true that modern designs can seem lackluster. The Mint is unusually constrained by Congress when compared with other world mints, […]

Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin Sells Out Quickly—But Not That Quickly

Yesterday at noon, the U.S. Mint released its remaining supply of 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coins. The number of first-round sales (122,510), less subsequent returns (6,414), suggested that about 8,900 coins of the maximum mintage of 125,000 would be available. The first time the coin was released, on April 21, the Mint set a household […]

U.S. Mint’s January 2017 Calendar Begins to Fill In; Two Product Roll-Outs Remain for 2016

The Mint has set its sales dates for January 2017. On January 5, the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (17AP) will debut, with the 2017 Birth Set (17RD) and Happy Birthday Coin Set (17RE) coming available January 10. On January 18, the Mint’s first collectible coins of the year—the Lions Club International 2017 […]

Remaining Mercury Dime 2016 Centennial Gold Coins Available for Purchase on December 15

The following is a re-post from Mint News Blog’s sister site, Coin Update. (Washington)—The Mint will reopen sales for the 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin (product code 16XB) on December 15 at noon Eastern Time while supplies last. Orders will be limited to one per household. (Editor’s note: As of last week’s U.S. Mint Sales Report, 116,096 of the […]