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 […]

Congressmen press the U.S Mint for action on counterfeit gold and silver coins

Washington, DC (October 29, 2017) — Congressmen Alex Mooney (R-WV) and Frank Lucas (R-OK) delivered a formal letter to the United States Mint and the Secret Service on Friday, urging aggressive action on the growing problem of high-quality counterfeits of U.S. precious-metals coins entering the country from China and elsewhere. “Enclosed herewith is a 1995 […]

A response to increasing cyberattacks and wasteful spending: The Coins Act

In the wake of the devastating Equifax breach, which exposed the private financial information of an estimated 143 million Americans, lawmakers in Washington are scrambling for solutions to the increase in sophisticated cyberattacks targeting private citizens. Other attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack of May 2017 affected almost a quarter of a million Windows users […]

My first CCAC Meeting: A spirited discussion and a rare inside glimpse into the design process

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 , I had the pleasure of attending my first Citizens  Coinage Advisory Committee meeting (on the phone, since I live in Atlanta and not in Washington). As a relative novice to the world of coin design, I understand the apprehension most collectors feel when first putting themselves into the fray with […]

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 […]

U.S. Mint Circulating-Coin Production Report: November 2016

The Mint has updated its circulating-coinage report to include issues struck during November 2016. So far during this calendar year, U.S. minting facilities have produced more than 15.32 billion circulating coins, almost equally split between the Denver and Philadelphia mints. The year-to-date total is around 6% lower than at this time last year, when the combined mints had […]

Reagan Coin & Chronicles Set: First-Day Sales Report

Early this afternoon the U.S. Mint announced that first-day sales of the Ronald Reagan Coin and Chronicles Set totaled 21,511 units. The Reagan set is the last in an otherwise very popular series whose members contain the only Reverse Proof Presidential dollar coins. The 2015 sets featuring Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower were released with production […]

No Limit on Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coins

Sometime today (Wednesday, September 21), the U.S. Mint is lifting its ordering restrictions for the 2016-W Standing Liberty Centennial gold quarter dollar. “The SLQ,” as it’s popularly known to collectors, has been subject to a one-per-household order limit. Demand for the coin has been such that more than half the mintage of 100,000 was sold in just […]

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