May 2015 US Mint Circulating Coin Production

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Updated figures are available covering the United States Mint's circulating coin production through the month of May 2015. For the fifth consecutive month, the monthly production total surpassed one billion coins. Preliminary production figures are now available for the Kisatchie National Forest Quarter and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Dollar. For the month of May 2015, the US Mint … [Read More...]

United States Mint Unused Coin Designs, Part 2

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This post will conclude our look at some unused coin designs from various commemorative or rotating design coins issued by the United States Mint. The purpose of these posts is to provide a second look at some of the more distinctive or interesting unused coin designs of the past few years. The previous article examining nine different unused designs can be found here. To start, here is … [Read More...]

United States Mint Unused Coin Designs, Part 1

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For the past several years, Mint News Blog and Coin Update have taken a look at the initial design candidates for all of the commemorative and rotating design coins issued by the United States Mint. Over the next two posts, we will take a look at some of the more distinctive or interesting unused coin designs. To start, here is an alternate design for the 2011 U.S. Army $5 Gold Coin, … [Read More...]

Circulating Quality San Francisco America the Beautiful Quarters

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Since 2012, the United States Mint has been producing circulating quality examples of the America the Beautiful Quarters at the San Francisco Mint. These coins carry the "S" mint mark and are not issued for circulation, but only available within certain numismatic products. These coins are notable as the first circulating quality coins produced at the San Francisco Mint since 1981. The related … [Read More...]

Approved 2016-2018 Commemorative Coin Programs

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To wrap up the recent series of articles on coin related legislation, I wanted to provide a final post summarizing the upcoming commemorative coin programs which have been approved by Congress and signed into law. Commemorative coin programs are authorized by Acts of Congress. Typically, there are a fairly large number of bills introduced in Congress each year, but only a small number will … [Read More...]

Bills Proposing Congressional Gold Medals Introduced in the 114th Congress

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To follow up on the previous post summarizing coin related legislation introduced in the 114th Congress, I wanted to have a separate post summarizing the bills introduced which propose the award of Congressional Gold Medals. The Congressional Gold Medal is an award bestowed by Congress to persons who have performed an achievement that has an impact on American history and culture that is likely … [Read More...]

Coin Related Legislation Introduced in the 114th Congress

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With a lull in the United States Mint's numismatic product schedule, I wanted to take a post to summarize the coin related legislation introduced in the 114th Congress. Many aspects of circulating, commemorative, and bullion coin production are directed by Congress. This includes the denominations authorized, the composition and specifications for most coins, the basic designs or themes for … [Read More...]

Applications Sought for New CCAC Member

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The United States Mint recently published a notice in the Federal Register to announce that they are seeking membership applications for a new member of of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCCA). The CCAC advises the Secretary of the Treasury on any theme or design proposals relating to circulating coins, bullion coins, Congressional Gold Medals, and national or other medals produced by … [Read More...]

American Fighter Aces Bronze Medal

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Earlier today, the Congressional Gold Medal was collectively awarded to the American Fighter Aces in recognition of their heroic service to the United States throughout the history of aviation warfare. The award of the medal was authorized under Public Law 113-106. An American Fighter Ace is a fighter pilot who served honorably in a United States military service and destroyed five or more … [Read More...]

2015 ATB 5 oz. Silver Bullion Coin Update

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On May 7, the United States Mint had announced the sell out of the America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins featuring Kisatchie National Forest. These coins had gone on sale to authorized purchasers on April 20. Information on the Mint's website shows total sales for the Kisatchie bullion coins at 42,000 pieces. Significantly, this is the highest sales total for an individual … [Read More...]