Mint news roundup: Platinum Eagle Proofs, ATB 5-ounce silver, and other news

Mint Ekes Out Two More Dates on the Calendar Through the first half of 2017, the Mint has laid out its calendar one month at a time, as opposed to committing to a full year’s schedule as it has done in the past. Last week the Mint added items to the July calendar—but only through July 11. The first of two July items now listed is the 2017-W American Eagle platinum Proof coin (17EJ), which is … [Read More...]

America the Beautiful–Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarters officially launched

Today marked the Mint’s official launch of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways quarter dollars. The event kicked off with the 11 a.m. launch ceremony at Alley Spring and Mill in the park followed by the noon release of the bags and rolls of Uncirculated coins on the Mint’s website. One of the area’s most popular photo sites—and the subject of the 38th design in the America the Beautiful quarter … [Read More...]

2017 American Eagle 1-oz. gold Uncirculated coin goes on sale June 1

Updated June 22, 2017, to correct the engraver's name and the fineness. Thank you to the readers who caught the errors! Updated May 31, 2017, to correct the date in the headline. Tomorrow (June 1) is the release date for the Mint's annual American Eagle 1-ounce gold Uncirculated coin (17EH), which will be available from noon Eastern time. The Uncirculated and Proof AGEs are collector … [Read More...]

How America’s wars created a day of remembrance and influenced our coinage

Today has been our national day to reflect on the sacrifices of American service members who have given their lives in battle. This is not a holiday that leapt into being all at once, with a single stroke of an executive pen—it’s a day whose foundations have been laid down in layers for more than 200 years. Memorial Day’s origins actually go back for thousands of years, for as long as societies … [Read More...]

Mint issues statement on “erroneous” branch-mint information on ASE coins

The Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications has issued a press release concerning spurious branch-mint identification of certain American Eagle silver bullion coins. Back in April, PCGS announced that it would begin providing branch-mint identification on slabs for some ASEs dated 2014–2017. The service resulted from Coin World’s obtaining information from the Mint through a Freedom of … [Read More...]

Mint posts catalog images of 2017-P American Liberty silver medal

Update: As of Friday morning, May 19, the Mint has corrected the catalog listing to indicate the medal is from the Philadelphia Mint.  Earlier today the U.S. Mint posted the first formal catalog images of the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary silver medal—the first of five medals, in four different finishes, to be released this year. The only one of these medals to be sold individually, … [Read More...]

U.S. Mint fills in its June 2017 calendar

Edited May 16 at 9 p.m. to clarify which American Liberty silver medal will be released in June. The Mint has updated its product-release schedule to include the month of June, which will be bracketed at the beginning and end of the month by the American Eagle 1-ounce gold and silver Uncirculated coins. The high point will be in the middle of the month—June 14, to be specific—when the Mint will … [Read More...]

2017 Uncirculated Coin Set on sale May 17

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Set (17RJ) on May 17 at noon Eastern Time. This year’s set consists of 20 coins in two folders—one folder of 10 coins from the Philadelphia Mint and one folder of 10 from the Denver Mint. Coins in each folder include: Five quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program honoring Effigy … [Read More...]

2017-W American Buffalo gold Proof coins available May 11

The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017-W American Buffalo 1-ounce gold Proof coin (product code 17EL) at noon Eastern Time on May 11. The American Buffalo gold Proof coin was the first 24-karat gold Proof to be struck by the Mint. The obverse and reverse designs are based on James Earle Fraser’s original Indian Head / Buffalo nickel designs. The obverse bears the profile of a … [Read More...]

Editorials on the Buffalo nickel, written shortly after its release

On May 11, the Mint will release the 2017-W American Buffalo gold Proof coin. James Earle Fraser’s iconic Indian Head / Buffalo design debuted on the nickel five-cent piece in 1913, and today is a beloved classic. As with so many designs, however, Fraser’s nickel did not receive universal approval. Numismatic author Roger Burdette quotes a New York Times editorial that said, “The new ‘nickel’ … [Read More...]