Mint’s weekly sales figures fall flat

The U.S. Mint’s numismatic sales figures for the week ending April 23, 2017, are probably giving the Mint’s accountants a giant collective headache—but they do make for an interesting discussion of buyer behavior. Much of the excitement (for lack of a better word) seems to be an ongoing ripple effect that started with the April 4 release […]

2018 Red Book honors David Rittenhouse, first director of the United States Mint, and 225 years of American coinage

The following is a cross-post from Mint News Blog’s sister site, Coin Update. (Pelham, Alabama)—The classic hardcover version of the 71st-edition Guide Book of United States Coins (the hobby’s popular “Red Book”) celebrates the 225th anniversary of federal coinage in Philadelphia. On its back cover is a commemorative gold-foil portrait of David Rittenhouse, first director of the […]

2017 America the Beautiful–Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 3-coin set rolls out April 24

The U.S. Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set honoring the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (17AE) on Monday, April 24, at noon Eastern Time. The coin is the second ATB quarter in 2017 and the 37th in the program overall. The reverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program […]

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 2017 Congratulations Set with S-Mint silver Eagle: If nothing else, it will be exciting

The Mint promised us a number of surprises for its 225th-anniversary year. The first was the news that the 2017 cents minted in Philadelphia would, for the first time ever, have the P mintmark. Word got around slowly, starting with a post on a PCGS discussion board about a 2017-P penny that had turned up in […]

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 […]

Proof rendition of American Silver Eagle goes on sale March 23

This post was updated on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. to correct the term “Enhanced Proof.” Although ASEs with the Enhanced finish are sometimes referred to as Proofs or Specimens, they were marketed by the Mint in the spring of 2013 as having an “Enhanced Uncirculated” finish. (Washington)—The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for […]

Palladium American Eagle design discussion postponed

Tomorrow, March 15, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) was scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss the designs for several U.S. Mint coin and medal products. Mother Nature had other ideas, however, and slammed the Eastern seaboard with a nasty winter storm that has shut down cities, airlines, and public transportation in D.C. and […]

Mint releases Boys Town Centennial commemorative coins

(Washington, D.C.)—Today, the United States Mint released three commemorative coins to celebrate Boys Town’s 100 years of service to children and families. “This is such an exciting time at Boys Town as we release the designs of these symbolic coins,” said Father Steven Boes, Boys Town national executive director. “These coins will help us commemorate and celebrate the […]