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 […]

Mint Gives Official Notice: 2016-Dated ASE and AGB Coin Production Is Finished

Update: In a Dec. 6 press release, the Mint says it has notified APs that “The United States Mint has sold out of 2016-dated American Eagle One, Quarter, and Tenth Ounce Gold Bullion Coins. We will continue to take orders for the remaining inventories of American Eagle One-Half Ounce and American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Bullion […]

Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Sets Available December 14 for $49.95

The Mint has updated its product page for the 2016 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set, adding the price ($49.95), description, and images. As in previous years, the set includes one each of the year’s Presidential $1 coins (Nixon, Ford, and Reagan), a Native American $1 coin, and an American Eagle one-ounce silver Uncirculated coin. This […]

Mint Catalog Updates: Ft. Sumter 5-Oz. and Silver Eagle 1-Oz. Uncirculated Coins, Ltd. Edition Silver Proof Set

The Mint has updated several of its web-catalog pages with pricing, images, and other information collectors have been waiting for. The 2016 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set (#16RC) has been priced at $139.95. Each set contains 90% fine silver Proof versions of each of the year’s clad circulating denominations, all struck at the San Francisco […]

Walking Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold Coin: Images, Mintage, and Household Order Limits

The Mint has released images of the Walking Liberty 2016 Centennial gold coin (shown above), and posted the official mintage limit of 70,000 and household order limit of 3 on the website. Pricing is not yet available. The coins (item number 16XA) will be available for purchase on November 17, 2016, at noon. In other news, the following availability […]

Mint in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Bullion Crisis of 2008, Part 4

Conclusion of a four-part series. Part 1 can be read here; Part 2, here; Part 3, here. Great Progress, but Not Enough The combination of expanding both our production capacity and the planchet supply chain had the intended effect of increasing the production of precious-metal bullion coins at the United States Mint. American Eagle gold bullion coins […]

Mint in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Bullion Crisis of 2008, Part 3

Part 3 of a four-part series. Part 1 can be read here; Part 2, here. Expanding Production Capacity As a manufacturing organization, the United States Mint’s production capacity is limited by what a typical manufacturer is limited by: our leadership, our manufacturing processes, our human resources, and our space and equipment. Having the right leadership is […]

Mint in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Bullion Shortage of 2008, Part 2

Part 2 of a four-part series. Part 1 can be read here; Part 3, here. What is the journey that one takes to be the focus of a congressional oversight hearing? For me, that journey had begun 29 months earlier. It was February 2008. I was sitting in my office at the U.S. Mint headquarters building. […]

Mint in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Bullion Shortage of 2008, Part 1

Part 1: The Hearing “It still baffles me that we can’t make a planchet. . . . Isn’t this just pretty simple? This just really is confusing to me why this can’t be accomplished. . . . What would a businessman do about this? Would he always resort to going to Australia to do this? It […]