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

U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver Don Everhart working on the 2015 March of Dimes silver dollar. Everhart also designed the gold $5 coin in the 2016 National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Program (background) and the Nevada State quarter (inset), among many others.

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 the Philadelphia Mint in January 2004, following a career as a designer and sculptor at the Franklin Mint and as a freelance artist creating figurines, plates, coins, medals, and other works for companies such as Walt Disney Co. and Tiffany, and for international mints such as the Royal Norwegian Mint and the British Royal Mint.

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee member Dennis Tucker and U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver Don Everhart at the June 21, 2017, CCAC meeting.

I got to know Don in recent years over the course of several visits to the Philadelphia Mint. Whitman Publishing numismatic director Q. David Bowers and I went to Philadelphia to meet the Mint’s engraving staff, tour the production areas, and research in the archives. More recently, since joining the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee in 2016, I’ve benefited from Don’s expertise as he advised the CCAC on technical and artistic questions.

Last Thursday, July 27, 2017, Don Everhart retired from his thirteen-and-a-half-year career at the United States Mint.

He’ll continue to pursue his calling as an artist, working on commissions and personal projects. “I’m retiring while I’m still young enough to enjoy retirement,” he told me recently, noting that he won’t miss the daily 35-mile commute into Philadelphia’s Historic District. The change will give him more time to spend with his family and pursue longtime hobbies and interests such as cycling and music.

Don Everhart designed and/or sculpted more than 100 coins and medals for the United States—a remarkable portfolio ranging from State quarters to silver and gold commemoratives and Congressional Gold Medals, among others. This week, in a series of articles for Mint News Blog, I’ll explore some of my favorite Everhart designs, starting with his first U.S. coin, the 2006 State quarter for Nevada.

Nevada State Quarter, 2006

The 2006 Nevada State quarter—the first U.S. coin designed and sculpted by Don Everhart.

After he joined the Mint staff, Don’s first projects were sculpting other artists’ coin designs, and designing and sculpting medals. Finally in 2005 he sculpted the first coin of his own design: the 2006 State quarter for Nevada.

The Nevada coin debuted eight years into the Mint’s incredibly popular State quarters program, which started in 1999 as a way to commemorate each state in the order it entered the Union. Before long millions of Americans were searching their pocket change and collecting the coins in folders, albums, colorful maps, and other holders. The program was a hit for the United States Mint, and brought many new coin collectors to the hobby.

By 2005 the State quarter series was well under way and it included some finely done and nicely balanced designs. But it also included a few that collectors considered bland, cluttered, or even awkward, with state symbols jumbled together in a hodgepodge. The Mint’s artists were somewhat constrained by guidance received by the states’ governors, who decided on motifs and themes based on input from commissions and the public. This led to, for example, Arkansas’ quarter featuring a faceted diamond, marshlands, a flying mallard duck, and stalks of rice. Try putting all of that onto a one-inch canvas! Louisiana’s quarter commemorated the Louisiana Purchase with an outline map of the continental United States and a highlighted area representing the territory purchased in 1803. Complicating that simple motif, it also included a brown pelican (the state bird) and a trumpet with musical notes (representing New Orleans as the birthplace of jazz).

As he worked on the 2006 Nevada quarter in 2005, Don Everhart had a menu of specific design elements that he had to use: wild horses, sagebrush, the sun rising over the mountains, and the phrase THE SILVER STATE. Artfully combining these elements, he created a tableau that is, in my opinion, one of the most dramatic and effective in the State quarter program. The wild horses, for which Nevada is famous, are shown in energetic motion. The mountains and rising sun are placed in the central background. The mountains are solid and have depth and texture, but they don’t distract from the main scene. Rather they subtly add to its context. Everhart used the sagebrush, another well-known symbol of the American West, to frame the central composition, placing THE SILVER STATE on a banner front and center, tying the elements together. Adding to the dramatic action of the design, the horse in front is actually leaping over the banner, as if jumping off the coin.

This was a remarkable first coinage design—but it was just the beginning.

 Click here to read part 2, “The Women Airforce Service Pilots Bronze Medal, 2009.”

Updated on 8/2/17 at 6:21 p.m. to add link to part 2

Updated 8/1/17 at 8:10 a.m. to add a photo of Don Everhart and author Dennis Tucker.

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  1. earthling says

    I’ve never really contemplated the Nevada State Quarter but I do see that ,yes, it’s a really great composition. Too bad it wasn’t put on a 5 oz Silver ” canvas “. It would have been a good one.

  2. David says

    Well the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set goes on sale today at noon. eBay has them on pre-sale with some pretty good markups. I was kinda surprised these don’t bear the “P” mint mark. On the fence if I will order one. I don’t need the quarters or the dollar.

  3. Dustyroads says

    Don Everhart is an expect in his field. The USM will be losing a great artist.

    Now….I predict that the release of the 225 EU sets today will equate to one of the larger collaborations between the USM and the TPG’s.
    This is a great set for the collector, but it can easily be seen as a nightmare for the flipper.
    The real money to be made from these most likely will be in graded form. So let’s get that CLCT moving up!

  4. Gary Not Dave says


    With the price of only $29.95..its worth a shot.

    I am no expect but I expert them to do ok on the secondary market!

    Good Luck All!

  5. Louis Golino says

    Much too easy. Got 3 sets in less than a minute. My prediction is these will not sell out quickly, as in a day or two, but will sell out say within a week.

  6. says

    Wow, that was TOO fast! I was in at 12:00 and out by 12:01. Order confirmed. I took 5 sets. And I don’t flip…….never, ever. This just seemed like an inexpensive set to grab and hold on to. Good Luck to all!

  7. Larry says

    Got my one set, plus a silver proof set. Order number 5203XXX for those keeping track. I am happy!

  8. Xena says

    Ordered 2 in less than a minute. Brother is MIA, I’ll give him a call and try to find out what’s going on at the DC store.

  9. Brad says

    Wow, I was going to buy 5 sets or so, but was working and forgot. I looked at the clock and saw 11:07 (CT). I thought, “Oh, crap!” and went to the site. Alas, it was too late. Amazing what no HHL can do!

  10. sharks2th says

    No problems ordering, but the “Do you want to take our survey” popped up. This is only my second order this year so I picked up a few other things I have on my list to save on the shipping. I even took about 10 seconds to review my order to be sure I had all of the items I intended to purchase. If anyone is looking at gold items you may want to get them today because it looks like the price will rise one bracket tomorrow.

    Order #05201xxx at about the 30 second mark.

  11. anunismatica says

    I too only bought 2 sets, I can’t believe how quickly these went to “currently unavailable” status. I wonder if the mint just put that up to drive up demand on these and will put them back on sale later on.

  12. KEITHSTER says

    Don’t know ouch sharp fence post wasn’t it ? Order history is off line Sorry no gloating but Good Luck To All That Got Some “>”>”>”>”>”>”>”>”>”> :>:>:>:>:>:>:>:>:>:>:>

  13. gatortreke says

    I assume “currently unavailable” is not the same as “Sold Out”, that the sets will be made available again at a future date?

  14. Gary Not Dave says


    LOL…..everybody has heard that before!

    With such a cheap price…This was a no brainer for a quick sell out.

  15. Jim_D says

    Just got an email from the mint that I could shop now for the Anniversary Set and it’s already sold out!
    Luckily I ordered at the strike of 12 and had three sets on order number 5201xxx.

  16. A&L Futures says

    My guess is there will be 10,000 sets (each) for all three U.S. Mint gift shops (i.e. Denver, Washington, and Philadelphia), and nearly the same number for the show. Therefore, 225,000 – 40,000 = 185,000 sets (via U.S. Mint website).

    Complicate this by the fact that they (i.e. the U.S. Mint) will not have all the packaging they’ll need (e.g. 20%; 45,000 sets), and I would realistically bring this number down to 140,000 set (via U.S. Mint website) available on the first day of sales.

    140,000 sets / 100 set per customer (arbitrary number per order) = 1,400 orders.


  17. David says

    There should have been an order limit. Looks like I am out of luck on this one. Not paying outrageous prices on eBay.

  18. A&L Futures says

    First Order: 05201XXX (12:00)

    Second Order: 05205XXX (12:07)

    There were approximately 4,000 orders placed in this 7-min window

  19. Teach says

    Saw this on another site…………….

    As I was walking into the DC Mint watched a guy wheeling out boxes of these after buying 500 sets.

  20. Larry says

    In a past post, I theorized it would only take one person with deep pockets to buy all of these and corner the market. May not have been one person, but it obviously has happened. I don’t think us collectors sold this out in seven minutes. Another rough lesson from the mint. Popular coins, 225K, low price, no limit = immediate sell out.

  21. VA Bob says

    This is why my Mint purchases are way down this year. Artificial hype for a large mintage product. The Mint’s gift to dealers and flippers, but you need to sell them quick before people wise up. Congrats to the folks that got what they needed for their collections, and not on the backs of other collectors and hobby they are killing. Sour grapes? Nope, I’m actually thankful the Mint itself is slapping me out of this money pit. I’ve stopped buying all the usual mint set dreck. Look no further than these pages in the not too distant future when you contemplate why no one wants your non-PM coins. It’s all cataloged here for posterity. It says a lot about the condition of the hobby when more buy to resell, then collect.

  22. Erik H says

    Got my sets in 45 seconds. Flipped some JDST at the same time. Logged on to MNB to see it SO. Looks like today was a good day.

  23. Zaz says

    No brainer, folks. If it took just 2 minutes for the 17 Congratulations set to sell out with 75K available, then it stands to reason that 225K would go in 6-7 minutes. Probably upwards of 200K were bought by the big boys with again, NO HHL. That’s what no HHL will do even though there wasn’t much talk about this release. Gotta out think those deep pocketed bad boys folks, if you don’t want to pay a 100% mark up an hour later. Not sure if they’ll be offered again, like Louis predicts. Congrats to those that got sets. You’ll probably make out like a bandit–already e-Bay BIN is $59.95 & up…

  24. David says

    I can understand lifting HHL after a period of time but not having one initially. It’s not a fair playing field for those who want one when those with deep pockets gobble them all up.

  25. Tinto says

    “..It’s not a fair playing field for those who want one when those with deep pockets gobble them all up.”

    IMO the Mint is in the deep pockets of the big buyers …

  26. Gary Not Dave says



    I told you to get it in on one?

    at $29.95 why not?

    (See 4th post above)


    Purchased 1 set, just to see what these coins look like. Credit card has been charged, but no e-mail from the mint yet. Order# 05205XXX

  28. A&L Futures says

    So I just got off the phone with the Philadelphia & Denver U.S. Mint Gift Shops. According to both reps, they’re completely SO.

    Seems they too were cleaned out.

    Is anyone on this Blog attending the ANA Convention today? If so, how’s it looking down there in Denver?

  29. KEITHSTER says

    When the big orders pick out the dregs there should be a few in the am Saturday sale. But don’t hold your breath cause there gone! But yep that was fun and the way we like it . Sorry to those that missed out. But by now?”>”>”>”>?

  30. Rob says

    For anyone that wants a set and did not get one, just wait a while. Don’t be foolish and feel the need to get one now. Why? There are plenty out there and the dealers and HSN are just trying to control the market on these. If they were HHL of 2 they would be there for a year. What does that tell you???

    It is the suckers that will buy into this now. Human Nature is a funny thing and very predictable. Those that understand human nature know how to profit from it . . .

  31. Just Another Dave In Pa says

    This was an obvious sell out . Clad coins from the (S) mint in a finish that hasn’t been seen on most of the coins and a relatively low mintage……..

    I agree with those who bemoan the hhl but it was announced a couple of months ago so…

    I didn’t hesitate on these and I’m glad I didn’t..

  32. cagcrisp says

    @Rob, “For anyone that wants a set and did not get one, just wait a while. Don’t be foolish and feel the need to get one now. Why? There are plenty out there and the dealers and HSN are just trying to control the market on these. If they were HHL of 2 they would be there for a year. What does that tell you???

    It is the suckers that will buy into this now. Human Nature is a funny thing and very predictable. Those that understand human nature know how to profit from it . . .”

    I thinks that’s very sound advise and spoken by someone that don’t Chase…

    ” If they were HHL of 2 they would be there for a year. What does that tell you???” Agreed. That’s why the Mint goes with NO HHL…

  33. JBK says

    A couple observations…

    It will be tough to cherry pick these sets and return the dogs since (as far as I know) each group of coins is sealed together, so you can’t swap out one coin here or there to build a perfect set. Also, I think that there will be less focus on graded sets – with so many coins it would be a few hundred dollars to get all of them slabbed.

    As for the ordering process, I have seen these situations often enough to know that there is no way the Mint can please everyone. If HHL limits are low (one or two coins), for example, people complain that the offering is not a good investment as it does not sell out fast (or at all). If there are no HHL limits and an offering sells out fast, then people complain about that. The bottom line is that the rules are announced in advance, so people need to play by them. I have gotten in on most of the hot issues over the past several years, and of those that I tried for I only missed the Ike dollar reverse proof. Just be logged on before noon and place your order the minute (second) the window opens.

    If the EU set becomes a regular thing then the value of these may drop. But, if they remain a special/unique issue then I think the value will increase, as most of the coins will not be done in EU again.

  34. data dave says

    I can see the TV add for the EU cent. Mintage of only 225K compared to the king of them all (1909S-VDB) mintage of 484K. Get a SP70 version for only $29.95 compared to over $1K for the 09S-VDB.

    There are more cent collectors than any other series and this is a unique specimen for that series.

    The cent breakouts should more than cover the demand for the dime, nickel and dollar. Not sure about the Kennedy half, but if the yearly sales of the P&D ones are any indication, there are quite a few collectors of that series also. I could see that one going for $29.95 again.

    I think this set was priced well and the mintage was low enough that I don’t see it turning into a nightmare for those buying in the $50 to $60 range.

  35. Xena says

    My brother reports that the DC Mint store still has some in stock. If anyone local still needs any, he’s offered to go back and then meet up somewhere.

  36. Teach says

    So looking at the mintage for these coins, aren’t these the lowest non proof Lincoln penny, the lowest minted Jefferson nickle, the lowest minted Roosevelt dime, and the lowest non proof Washington quarter? Is that correct? Why did people not think this would be a quick SO?

  37. Average Joe says

    JBK said at AUGUST 1, 2017 AT 1:51 PM – “Just be logged on before noon and place your order the minute (second) the window opens.”

    What about people who have to work and cannot call between 1200 EDT and 1215 EDT?

  38. JBK says

    @Teach – that is one way to look at it, and I will bet a lot of people will reconsider their position on these.

  39. Larry says

    @ Teach, The 1997 Matte Jefferson Nickel has a mintage of 25K. I don’t think that is considered proof. The proof dimes in the March of Dimes set were 75K. Also I think some of the early proof Roosevelt dimes were lower. Still a great set, something to offer for so many different kinds of collectors.

  40. bigguy says

    People on Ebay are advertising as a sell out,but there is a difference between a sellout and unavailable they could return at a later date,because I have bought things in the past myself at a later date,then it sold out.

  41. Tinto says

    Is this EU set the first complete unc set from San Francisco since the change over to clad? Just wondering ..

  42. cagcrisp says

    16AN 2016 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – FT MLTR 17,354 + 17
    17AJ 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – EFF MNDS 15,534 + 27
    17AK 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – DOUGLASS 15,211 + 32
    17AL 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – OZARK 14,453 + 280

  43. cagcrisp says

    17XA 2017 AM LIBERTY 24K GOLD 1 OZ 23,817 + 128
    17XB 2017 AM LIBERTY SILVER MEDAL (P) 40,004 + 740

  44. cagcrisp says

    16EA 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ 565,826 + 760

    16EB 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 23,688 + 4
    16EC 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 5,719 + 1

    16EG 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER UNC 1 OZ 202,152 + 778

  45. cagcrisp says

    16XA 2016 WALKING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .5OZ 64,007 +35
    16XC 2016 STANDING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .25OZ 89,773 +31

  46. cagcrisp says

    17CA 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD PROOF 1,375 +9
    17CB 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD UNC 1,859 + 39
    17CC 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER PROOF 22,009 +106
    17CD 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER UNC 9,457 +37
    17CE 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD PROOF 15,792 +82
    17CF 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD UNC 13,887 +22
    17CG 2017 BOYS TOWN 3-COIN SET 4,961 +20

    17CH 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER PROOF 64,360 +85
    17CJ 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER UNC 16,130 +24

  47. cagcrisp says

    Big Boys got all the Graded Platinum They Want????

    17EA 2017 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ 291,774 +1,767

    17EB 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 5,885 +26
    17EC 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 1,338 +24
    17ED 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/4 OZ 2,129 + 32
    17EE 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/10 OZ 8,901 +100
    17EF 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 4-COIN SET 7,939 +332
    17EG 2017 AM EAGLE SILVER UNC 1 OZ 115,496 (7,246)
    17EH 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD UNC 1 OZ 2,617 +38

    17EJ 2017 AM EAGLE PLATINUM PROOF 1 OZ 8,829 +54

    17EL 2017 AM BUFFALO GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 12,008 +122

  48. cagcrisp says

    JQ1 2015 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 2,683 –
    JQ2 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 1,884 +1
    JQ4 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – EISENHWR 2,027 +4
    JQ6 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – KENNEDY 6,720 + 1
    JQ8 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – JOHNSON 1,803 +3

    16SA 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – NIXON 2,551 + 1
    16SB 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – NIXON 1,637 +4
    16SC 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – FORD 2,373 +7
    16SD 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – FORD 1,628 +7
    16SE 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 3,376 +2
    16SF 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 1,891 +3

  49. says

    17XC: Order # USM 05205XXX
    Dumb luck prevailed – I had completely forgotten about above order until by chance happened to look at my monthly planner @ approx. 11:58am. Subsequently I have received USM kick back email confirmation despite mad rush through internet to USMint site. Seems that once again I lost my will to resist and surrendered to being part of the herd. Note: the order was placed @ approx 12:09 P ET.

    I violated my oath not to purchase anything from the Mint because of their 4 April 2017 sale structure 17RF – Congratulations set.

    At that time , my aggravation resulted in vow avoid the Mint , save money so as to occasionally collect pre 1933 gold. Concurrently, I was approaching terminal velocity to store U.S.Mint packaging ..a separate issue that the mint does not/refuses to address.

    There must be a better way!

    Looking at the Bureau of Engraving site, today, seems to present a more equitable methodology to
    current US Mint big boy favoritism. I say ‘favoritism ‘ when IMHO every fiber within my suspicious 70+ YOA body screams ‘collusion , attempted monopoly, market cornering , kick backs, & resultant corporate price gouging ‘.

    It would even be refreshing to hear from the USMint to explain/justify their rationale?

    The BOE has a ‘prerelease period’ with a limited number of $2.00 dollar bills allowed per order.

    Would not a similar approach work for the US Mint involving coins?

    I will leave the problem of inundation by USMint packaging to greater minds to solve.
    So much for my venting.

  50. John Q. Coinage says

    eBay has lots BIN @ $55 for those who have the JONES for this clad set. I don’t know the long term but clad sets are like face when you try to sell most of them. S mint clads proof only now EU. The no HH limit is just pure BS Dave & Tinto have it right…….should have been a 10 unit HH limit for a wek @ least. THE MINT DOES NOT CARE ABOUT COLLECTORS, SELLOUTS, PROFITS & BIG BOYS ARE THERE NEW BASE….. I am long over the mint since the C&C disasters, etc. And not sour grapes I have gotten many sellouts in the past, Botantical 5c, fractional Buffalos, etc. The MANAGEMENT @ the mint is useless to the collecting public…..

  51. John Q. Coinage says

    THEIR base, the U.S. Mint, proudly owned & operated by Mike Mishak, MCM, PCGS, NGC & anyone else with deeeeeeeep pockets & a $$ to profiteer on the collector’s addiction (mine has been killed by the Mint about a year ago.) As said by Tommy Lee Jones to The Fugitive HArrison Ford, as to your guilt, or ANY new the US Mint offerings “I just don’t care!” Now if they did a re-issue of the FLowing hair $1 I’d be in, but that is not PC!! Maybe a silver center large cent, nope let’s go the Priest & jerricurl route…wtf

  52. Larry says

    It is strange with all the hype for this set, there are only 78 comments so far. Usually there are way more.

  53. Old Big Bird says

    cagcrisp – Thanks for the input on the weekly sales for the US Mint. Not sure how many people look at it, but I do plus I track specific items that are of interest to me. I appreciate all of your efforts

    I see another big return week for one item the 2017 Unc ASE. minus 7,246.
    Looks to be another one of those big boys returns that did not proof out as MS69 or MS70????

  54. cagcrisp says

    Love IT, Love IT, Love IT…

    Per CW…

    “Purchases at ANA convention are being limited to 500 sets per person”

  55. cagcrisp says

    I posted this 12 days ago…

    I don’t give a Flip for the 225 EU.

    Go For It.

    Be Careful. With the Initial Success of the 2017S , EVERYONE will be on this and the Nightmare will be Much faster than the 2017S

    It’s a Quick Flip at Best.

    Better yet. A Pre-sale.

    My Guess there will be 25-50k Available at The Show.

    The Big Boys Love First Day of Issue and Show Coins.

    The Mint Loves the Big Boys.

    With No HHL and mintage of 225k these will Not last Long…

  56. cagcrisp says

    Just How many coins will be Slabbed at Denver with 500 coins per customer?????


    You wonder Why they went CU in 4 minutes???

  57. Teach says

    “Purchases at ANA convention are being limited to 500 sets per person”

    I don’t think that is fair when the regular Joe could buy as many as he wanted over the internet….haha 🙂

    Seriously though, I am kind of surprised that they actually had a limit.

  58. Just Another Dave In Pa says

    Congratulations to Mr Everhart on his retirement.

    I see that National Parks coin with John Muir/Teddy Roosevelt so I wonder if that was his design. It’s one of my favorite coins.

    I pass the old Franklin Mint on US 1 on my way to Longwood in Kennett Square a lot. I was never a collector of their stuff but some of it was nice. Sturgeon’s Law tells us that 90% of everything is crap (although junk silver coins are an exception) but the other 10% is really nice.

    Thanks, Mr Everhart for your contributions to the 10%.

  59. DBR says

    I was at a conference in the Central time zone. I excused myself at 10:55am CST and went to the men’s room and went into a stall. I placed my order at 11:01am CST by using the website NOT THE APP. I successfully placed my order for two, and returned to the conference. Lol. What a picture! But I’m glad I got in. I like the 225th Anniversary aspect of this offering and the EU finish.

    When I’ve been shut out in the past, it was the instability of the Mint’s phone app.

    Diana- I’ll write more later about my experience with the mint’s app. I usually use the app only during regular and casual shopping mode.

  60. Goat says

    Teach ;
    Matte finish nickel 1994 p (167,700) and 1997 p (25,000). Matte finish silver half dollar 1998 s (62,000) are low mintage coins that are most missed when trying to put together a set.

  61. cagcrisp says

    @Old Big Bird , “see another big return week for one item the 2017 Unc ASE. minus 7,246.”

    I’ve always wonder if the Mint doesn’t “accumulate ” returns and count/post all at one time . That way you don’t nickel and dime it every week. I know that’s how I would do the accounting…

  62. NCM Collector says

    The matte finish coins are still affordable for now. The have dropped from their highs as well.

  63. Tom says

    The ANA Fair in Denver, in my opinion, is GREAT!! Could handle more of a crowd, but that will come. Earlier, I would estimate a good 150 people waiting in line to buy what’s allowed of the Enhanced Set. I’m told are SO , never attempted to buy as I kept to the tables trying to add to my CC collection. Was fortunate to find and buy 2 on my forever want list of Proof Indians. Again. A Great Show. And I look forward to tomorrow’s as well.

  64. John Q. Coinage says

    Goat & dusty, what a buy IF they get the $$ but it is disgusting that the mint encourages such despite trying to be collector friendly. In the long run, I hope the mass buyers have to use mustard on their EU coins, but likely never much under $30 a set….MAYBE Do 200,000 people collect clad unc sets? I can’t sell my bag$ of S mint ATB 25c for much over face…they are “rare” ‘S’ mints too!!!!

  65. So Krates says

    Forget about the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing . The index finger doesn’t know what the middle finger is doing. 500 set limit at the show booth, 20 set limit two blocks away at the shop. The make this sh*t up as they go.

  66. So Krates says

    cagcrisp says,”Just How many coins will be Slabbed at Denver with 500 coins per customer?????”

    It’s actually 5000 coins per customer. With no bulk discount, if you use the deal earthling mentioned ( the PCGS special label for $35 each coin) you’re looking at a $175,000 PCGS bill! So a decent amount may stay in OGP .

  67. Joe M. says

    HHL argument…
    I agree that some issues will be met with anger when sold out in less than (7) minutes, disdain for a product with too low of a HHL that holds on forevvvvvvvvver…..
    I’ve read a lot of comments that could easily turn into arguments, but so far it’s been pretty cool here 🙂
    Here is what my proposal would be on all products….
    HHL of 1 for the first 24 hours.
    HHL of 5 for the remainder of a 7 day period from release date.
    Thennnnnnnn BAM!!! HHL lifted until sold out…………………….
    Then pull all products after 18 months that haven’t sold……NO EXCEPTIONS.
    My ear is clear of wax and eager to listen to other recommendations 🙂

  68. says

    If Ag remains in it’s current trading range, they’ll be at least two contenders for new Puck lows next year,

    Mark my words..,

    But don’t wet your pants quite yet, I really don’t think too many people no longer care much for these pucks anymore, just look at the lack of pop in the TR Puck, the quintessential AtB design.

  69. Mattarch says

    Question for Diana, if she can respond for Whitman Publishing. Will their future date set albums for coin collections include these ‘Enhanced Uncirculated’ coins? Just curious whether to save a set to be broken up later and placed into albums for cents, nickels, and quarters. Is it soon for that type of planning. or if it is a trade secret?

  70. Jerry Diekmann says

    VA Bob – I agree with everything you are saying. I too have cut way back on mint purchases. Actually there just isn’t much to be excited about that they are putting out, just a lot of gimmicks, in my opinion. The gimmicks and contrived “rarities” by the Mint started in the mid 1990s and they haven’t stopped – 1994 & 1997 nickels, 1995W ASE, 1998 JFK with RFK set, etc. etc. etc.

  71. So Krates says

    Anyone else have a funky discoloration on the obverse of their Britannia Rules the Waves?

    It almost looks like a combination of wear and an oily milkspot. Only on the two highest points.

  72. Tinto says

    Just saw Coin Vault … they are hawking a PCGS Denver ANA FDI SP70 225th anniv. set (1 of 1,000) in individual slabs for about $480.00 ….

  73. earthling says

    Wow $480.00 what a deal ! I suppose I’d rather have hot Clad in plastic that something boring like a 1/4 Oz Gold Coin or maybe several 5 Oz Silver Pucks.



  74. cagcrisp says

    AM Gold Fix $1,266.65

    There WILL be a Gold price Increase this afternoon IF the PM Gold Fix is $1,250.00 or Above…

  75. KML in KY says

    Who buys this crap from Coin Vault. Somebody must or they wouldn’t be in business.

    I wish those Coin Vault customers would get on Great Collections & eBay when I’m selling scarce gold & silver coins.

    This coin stuff has gone crazy. I’m lucky to break even and yet Coin Vault can sell a set of clad coins with a mintage of 225K for $480.00

    No more selling for me for a while. I will buy much less and hold and hope that sometime while I’m still alive PM’s go up again like they did in 2011.

  76. Tom says

    Yesterday, at the ANA Fair, I passed by a Big Boy ” dealer” handing box after box of the Enhanced Sets over to one of the TPG ‘s. Working hard to get that special BLUE SKY label .

  77. cagcrisp says

    @Tom, Could you ask a Mint rep just how many 225 UE sets they had at the ANA show?…

  78. Mint News Blog says

    That’s a good question, @Mattarch. To my knowledge it hasn’t been discussed yet, but my hunch is that it won’t be included — and if it is, it will be several years from now, when enough time has passed to see if a market develops for it. Just 225,000 exist of each coin, and a large percentage of those will remain in sets. That means most folders and albums with a 2017 Enhanced Unc. slot would have an empty hole on the page forever. (Although one possibility that comes to mind is that the slot could have a removable placeholder pog that could stay in place unless the collector has an EH coin.)

    At any rate, you can be sure the publisher, Dennis Tucker, will be mulling it over!

  79. Mint News Blog says

    Chuckling at your ordering adventure. The available analytics can tell the Mint how many orders were place on PCs vs Macs, with which web browsers, and so on. If only they could tell us how many orders were made on cellphones in restrooms! Given the fact that all sales open at noon Eastern on weekdays, I bet there are quite a few.

    Also, I’m looking forward to hearing your app experience. I wonder whether someone at the Mint reads the comment threads — there’s a lot to be learned from the ones on MNB!

  80. Mint News Blog says

    @Just Another Dave in Pa — Mr. Everhart did, indeed, design and sculpt both the obverse and the reverse of the gold $5 National Park Service commemorative.

  81. Tom says

    @ cagcrisp. I am told by several dealers during breakfast that the Mint started with over 20,000 sets.

  82. Mint News Blog says

    None on the obverse of mine, but there’s something like that on Britannia’s shoulder on the reverse.

  83. Dustyroads says

    So Krates, Yes, there is something on the surface of the “Britannia Rules the Waves” coins. Personally, I didn’t like mine sealed in what they came in, so I put them in safe flips so they can breath some.
    Where I see what appears to be a cleanser, or oil is on the arm and cheek of Britannia, and yes, only on the obverse.

  84. cagcrisp says

    @KML in KY ” I will buy much less and hold and hope that sometime while I’m still alive PM’s go up again like they did in 2011.”

    Wise Decision…

  85. cagcrisp says

    PM Gold Fix $1,269.60

    Gold Increase Today…

    (Now IF there was just some Gold worth purchasing)…


    @cagcrisp, what is the best way to diversify my gold holdings? Right now I do not have any old gold, mostly foreign made gold.

  87. cagcrisp says


    1. Depends on your Goals?
    2. Depends on your Time horizon?
    3. Depends on how much money you have to Invest?…



    1- My goal is to pass half of my holdings to my 2 children.
    2- My time horizon is to cash in half of my holdings in 6 years.
    3- About $ 12,000 in the next 6 years, to invest.

  89. Old Big Bird says

    Interesting, I had two orders. One for 8 placed first. Then another placed 2 minutes later for 2.
    The order for 2 sets has been marked as ship. The order for 8 placed first still in processing!!

  90. John Q. Coinage says

    ? for all, lots of talk about albums & slots in folders for the EU coins…..but how many of us know anyone say under 40 who is buying “coin albums” or under 30…..20’s….? Coins are becoming US Stamps, not where you want to go….the ‘big boys’ & profiteers killed US $tamp value, coins are following the same path & the mint’s conduct to someone trying to collect is @ the least shall we say inconsiderate or just being a arse to your base…..


    John Q. Coinage- My daughter is 20 and she has put together quarters, and cent folders. She loves the chase of finding these coins, and finishing such folders.

  92. gatortreke says

    @Daveswfl: I just put my Britannia in an air-tite last night. You need a 39 mm capsule (I think this is a standard silver bullion size). Per the Pobjoy site, the coin measures 38.60 mm.

  93. cagcrisp says


    1- “My goal is to pass half of my holdings to my 2 children”. For the children I would do something for them that interests them Personally. I would buy 100 year old Gold coins from their birth year. Once you have something that interests the child they have a much better chance of keeping the Gold coin vs. selling later. I would NOT get slabbed coins. I’ve given a Lot of Gold coins away and everyone that I have given a Gold coin to would rather have a Gold coin in hand vs. a slabbed coin. Slabbed coins are Great IF you want to sell, raw coins are much better for keeping.

    2- “My time horizon is to cash in half of my holdings in 6 years” I’ve never Sold a Gold coin and I don’t invest for the sake of selling coins. IF you are going to be cashing in Gold in 6 years that’s not enough of a time horizon to purchase anything that will appreciate much more than the Spot price of Gold. Longer term like 20-30 years after the Baby Boomers have Sold off all their coin collections, then there will be some Winners and Losers but that will not happen until 2040 or later.

    3- About $ 12,000 in the next 6 years, to invest. The lower denomination Gold coins will be Winners going forward. Personally I have been purchasing $2.50 Gold coins for Years and Years. $2,000/year for 6 years and you can get some bang for your buck.

    …SO…IF I had young children (grandchildren) and I had $1,000/year to invest for them ($1.000 for them/$1,000 for you) I would buy $2.50 Liberty or $2.50 Indian Head Gold coins that were NOT slabbed.

    Personnally I’m about 95% finished buying Gold $1.00, $2.50, $3.00, $5.00, $10.00 and $20.00 from Liberty, Indian Head and St Gauden for ALL my Children and Grandchildren. Some specifically dated for Children and Some specifically dated for Grandchildren.

    The Graded coins that I have I’ve told that IF they want to Sell, Sell because they are more liquid, however, I would hope they will keep all the Specific dated Gold coins.

    So far they ALL agree…We will see…

  94. Daveswfl says

    Thanks for the info

    Enhanced set fans – someone just sold a 1000 set lot on eBay at $39.99 per set. Fees, shipping, and insurance subtracted and the gamble yields a modest return.

    We will see what happens long term. I’m with cag on this one!

  95. Goat says

    KCSO ;

    Are you still buying AG ? The reason I ask is, I think dollar cost averaging is best, if you are using money that you don’t need, but if you have loans I would pay that off then play. When one buys right, in the market at that time don’t let it discourage you if the price dips below (if you are long market ), stay true to a plan. I have bought up and down the market for years and I can say, I can sell because of that. I like you you are aggressive and have good post, thanks.
    None of my business just want to help.

    One needs to take note of cagcrisp response to JARHEADnFLORIDA , $12000 in next 6 yrs. not dump $12000 today in the market . In those six years one might buy lower or higher each year compared to another year but one is purchasing. Planning/goal is key and staying to the plan/goal.

    One has to be true to yourself, that’s one person you can’t bs.


    @cagcrisp, Thank you for the advice, I also forgot to mention that I have way more silver than gold per ounces ratio. This is having me wonder should a trade of silver for more ounces of gold, be a better deal in the timeframe I stated above?

  97. Erik H says


    When the gold / silver ratio tightens you could then sell silver & buy gold.

  98. theofie says

    bought 99 sets sold 98 sets just looking to get 1 set In mint packaging to keep and get 1 graded set later.
    do most people feel this makes me the bad guy or just a smart collector ?

  99. So Krates says

    Diana/Dustyroads – Yes you are right – it’s the reverse (the side with Britannia). I spoke to the folks at Pobjoy and they are aware of the issue. It seems the change in temps and humidity during overseas shipping (especially in summer) cause condensation to form inside the sealed package. They are working on a solution. Supposedly after they settle a while in a consistent environment it should resolve itself.

    Although they thought they were probably right in using “Britannia”, they did not want to rock the boat with the Royal Mint, so they amicably settled the matter.

  100. Mint News Blog says

    Thanks for the update, So Krates — it’s nice to think that might go away in time.

  101. Joe M. says

    @ theofie
    If you made a profit, you made the CORRECT decision.
    That’s a gold star for you.
    Anyone states with discontent, that’s their opinion…
    and you know what the saying is about opinions.

  102. phishfarmer says

    I just bought one 225 anniversary set just now
    just went to the site, added to my cart and processed it
    no email confirmation yet
    but it appears there’s more available

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