Editorials on the Buffalo nickel, written shortly after its release

On May 11, the Mint will release the 2017-W American Buffalo gold Proof coin. James Earle Fraser’s iconic Indian Head / Buffalo design debuted on the nickel five-cent piece in 1913, and today is a beloved classic. As with so many designs, however, Fraser’s nickel did not receive universal approval. Numismatic author Roger Burdette quotes a […]

Filipino veterans of World War II will finally—after more than 70 years—receive their Congressional Gold Medal

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, found me in Washington, D.C., attending my ninth meeting as a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee since I joined the group in February 2016. Every meeting of the CCAC is a remarkable experience, but on a personal level, for me and my family, this particular one had special significance. […]

Silver medals for the American Armed Forces in World War I

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (a congressionally established public committee that advises the secretary of the Treasury with design and theme recommendations for U.S. coins and medals) met at United States Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2017. This meeting had been postponed one week by the mid-March blizzard that snarled travel plans […]

Silver Krugerrands: ModernCoinMart, GovMint to Be Sole North American Distributors

UPDATE (12-14-16)—In a December 5 press release to its distributors, the South African Mint stated that, due to damage to the first shipment of coins, the release of the silver Krugerrand would be delayed. UPDATE (11-21-16)—GovMint.com has announced that the official release date of the silver Krugerrand will be December 5, 2016. The mintage, released earlier […]

American Liberty HR and FDR Coin & Chronicles Set “Unavailable”

A couple of high-profile items are quickly nearing sellouts after months of inching along with sporadic momentum. Michael White of the U.S. Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications told Mint News Blog that, as of today, November 3, the 2015 American Liberty High Relief Gold Coin has sold 45,479 of a potential 50,000-unit mintage, while the 2014 […]

Lyndon B. Johnson Coin & Chronicles Set “Unavailable” After 4 Hours

The 2015 Lyndon B. Johnson Coin & Chronicles Set is listed as “Unavailable” on the U.S. Mint’s Web site four hours after its release. The Mint’s Web site processed transactions surprising well today, considering the glitches and crashes experienced by many customers during previous high-traffic product launches. Officials at the U.S. Mint responded in an email […]

Looking Ahead to September’s U.S. Mint Product Releases

Today’s launch of the 2015 Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set marks the U.S. Mint’s first offering of the new month, and it seems like a good time to take a look at all of September’s upcoming releases. As noted previously, the Lyndon Johnson Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse […]