Kicking Off the Mint’s 225th Anniversary Year: Unveiling of the 2017 American Liberty Gold Coin

(Press release)—As one of the few institutions specifically rooted in the Constitution, the United States Mint has served the nation by playing a key role in the country’s financial system and fostering commerce. Next year marks the 225th anniversary of the Mint’s founding; to honor this important milestone, the Mint will kick off a yearlong acknowledgment […]

Walking Liberty Centennial Gold Half Dollar: First-Day Sales Are Official

The U.S. Mint reports that the Walking Liberty Centennial Gold Half Dollar sold 43,728 units on its first day of availability. The coin, which is the third and final member of a three-coin centennial trio commemorating the historic circulating dime, quarter, and half-dollar designs of 1916, went on sale yesterday, November 17, at noon. Early estimates […]

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 […]

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

Mint News Blog apologizes to readers for the gap in circulating-coin production reports. The figures for September have been included in the charts below, for reference. So far this year, the U.S. minting facilities have produced nearly 14.35 billion circulating coins, with about 48.5% of those coming from Denver and 51.5% from Philadelphia. The annual […]

Collectors Called Upon to Support Apollo 11 Commemoratives

For the next few weeks, collectors and space-program enthusiasts are turning their attention to the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and its 50th anniversary in 2019. At issue is the passage of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. The manned Moon landing was a singular achievement for humankind, and one of the greatest moments in modern American history. […]

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. […]