Fort Knox opened to civilians for the first time in 40 years

For much of the country, yesterday was “eclipse day.” But at Fort Knox, the big yellow wasn’t being covered up—it was being revealed: for the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Bullion Depository there was opened to civilians. The Washington Examiner reported that yesterday (August 21), at the behest of the treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, the depository was to be opened to a delegation of … [Read More...]

United States Mint and National Park Service to launch America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Ellis Island on Aug. 30

The following press release is courtesy of the United States Mint. The public and the media are invited to the ceremony to mark the release of the Ellis Island quarter, the 39th coin in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The event, which will take place Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at 11 a.m (Eastern), includes a coin exchange of $10 rolls of newly minted … [Read More...]

It’s 10 p.m.—do you know where your nickels are?

When I was a kid growing up in my grandmother's house, silver quarters still turned up occasionally in circulation. Granny had for years been picking them out of her change from the Sunflower grocery store and putting them in brown plastic medicine bottles that were the perfect size for quarter dollars. (Homemade coin rolls, most assuredly not PVC-free.) Unfortunately for her, this was after the … [Read More...]

Final design choices for the 2018 America the Beautiful quarters

The following is a re-post from Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. The U.S. Mint unveiled the reverse designs for the 2018 America the Beautiful quarters on August 1 at the American Numismatics Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver. The national sites to be recognized in 2018 are Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in … [Read More...]

Author Louis Golino wins a Numismatic Literary Guild award

The following is a re-post from our sister site, Coin Update. During the 2017 Numismatic Literary Guild (www.nlgonline.org) awards ceremony, held during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, on August 3, Coin Update contributor Louis Golino won his second NLG award to date. The award for the best article in a non-numismatic publication was given … [Read More...]

Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 5: The Dalai Lama medal and National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins

Conclusion to a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4. Updated 8/8/17 at noon to correct the statement that Don Everhart designed the obverse and reverse of the Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal. The designer and sculptor of the reverse was Joseph Menna. Don Everhart, the United States Mint’s senior sculptor-engraver, retired from his position in … [Read More...]

Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 4: The Dolley Madison First Spouse gold coin

Part 4 in a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 5. Don Everhart, the United States Mint’s senior sculptor-engraver, retired from his position in Philadelphia last week. This week I’m exploring some of my favorite Everhart medal and coin designs and engravings. On Tuesday I showed the 2006 State quarter for Nevada; on Wednesday, the 2009 Women Airforce … [Read More...]

Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 3: The Statue of Liberty reverse, Presidential dollar series

Part 3 of a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 2, part 4, and part 5. Don Everhart, the United States Mint’s senior sculptor-engraver, retired from his position in Philadelphia last week. This week I’m exploring some of my favorite Everhart medal and coin designs. On Tuesday I showed the 2006 State quarter for Nevada, and yesterday the 2009 Women Airforce Service Pilots medal. … [Read More...]

Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 2: The Women Airforce Service Pilots Bronze Medal reverse

Part 2 of a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 3, part 4, and part 5. Don Everhart, the United States Mint’s senior sculptor-engraver, retired from his position in Philadelphia last week. This week I’m exploring some of my favorite Everhart medal and coin designs. Yesterday I looked at the remarkable 2006 State quarter for Nevada. Today: a commemorative medal honoring an … [Read More...]

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

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 … [Read More...]