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 […]

It’s 10 p.m.—do you know where your nickels are?

When I was a kid growing up in my grandmother’s house, silver quarters still turned up occasionally in circulation. Granny had for years been picking them out of her change from the Sunflower grocery store and putting them in brown plastic medicine bottles that were the perfect size for quarter dollars. (Homemade coin rolls, most […]

Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 5: The Dalai Lama medal and National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins

Conclusion to a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. Updated 8/8/17 at noon to correct the statement that Don Everhart designed the obverse and reverse of the Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal. The designer and sculptor of the reverse was Joseph Menna. Don Everhart, the United […]

Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 4: The Dolley Madison First Spouse gold coin

Part 4 in a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 5. Don Everhart, the United States Mint’s senior sculptor-engraver, retired from his position in Philadelphia last week. This week I’m exploring some of my favorite Everhart medal and coin designs and engravings. On Tuesday I showed the […]

Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 3: The Statue of Liberty reverse, Presidential dollar series

Part 3 of a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 2, part 4, and part 5. Don Everhart, the United States Mint’s senior sculptor-engraver, retired from his position in Philadelphia last week. This week I’m exploring some of my favorite Everhart medal and coin designs. On Tuesday I showed the 2006 State […]

Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 2: The Women Airforce Service Pilots Bronze Medal reverse

Part 2 of a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 3, part 4, and part 5. Don Everhart, the United States Mint’s senior sculptor-engraver, retired from his position in Philadelphia last week. This week I’m exploring some of my favorite Everhart medal and coin designs. Yesterday I looked at the remarkable 2006 State quarter […]

Don Everhart has retired. Here are some of my favorite Everhart medal and coin designs.

Part 1 of a five-part series. Click here to read part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5. If you collect modern U.S. coins, or if you use coins in day-to-day business, you’ve seen and touched the artwork of one of America’s great living sculptors, Don Everhart. Don joined the staff of sculptor-engravers at […]

Well, that was fast: 2017 Congratulations Set sells out in two minutes

Yesterday at 12 noon (Eastern time), the U.S. Mint released product number 17RF: the 2017 Congratulations Set, which contained an S-mintmarked (rather than the traditional W-mintmarked) American Eagle silver Proof. The gates clanged open and within 1/20 of a second, the orders were flying. I know for a fact that it was within 1/20 of a second, […]

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program, at a Little Past the Halfway Point

An Editor Reminisces With the release of the Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) design on November 14, we have now reached the 62.5% mark in the America the Beautiful quarter-dollar program. By the time the series is completed in 2021, 56 national parks and other national sites will have been commemorated. At the time the […]