End of 2015 Cumulative Bullion Sales Update

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With 2016 behind us, we now have complete mintage information for 2015-dated bullion coins, and it's a good time to consider these totals in comparison to figures from other recent years. Silver Eagles famously had another record year in 2015, improving upon 2014's previous all-time high by nearly three million coins. American Eagle 1 oz. Silver Bullion Coins  Year Ounces … [Read More...]

U.S. Mint 2016 Birth Set and Happy Birthday Coin Set

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At noon on Wednesday, January 6, the U.S. Mint will issue its first two releases of the new year: the 2016 Birth Set and the 2016 Happy Birthday Coin Set. While these items are packaged as gifts to be handed out on the occasion of a birth or a birthday, they provide the first opportunities for collectors to obtain Proof versions of 2016 circulating coins. The 2016 Birth Set contains the … [Read More...]

2016 National Park Service Commemorative Coin Images

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The U.S. Mint has shared images of its upcoming 2016 National Park Service Commemorative Coins, due for release on March 24. The N.P.S. commemorative coin program was authorized by Public Law 113-291 and will include Proof and Uncirculated versions of three distinct issues: a five-dollar gold coin, a one-dollar silver issue, and a clad half dollar. Color-coded images providing more information on … [Read More...]

Bombay Hook 5 oz. Uncirculated Coin “Unavailable”; Homestead and Kisatchie May Linger

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The 2015 Bombay Hook 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin has become the third of this year's 5 oz. collector coins to enter "Unavailable" status on the U.S. Mint's Web page, after inventory for the Blue Ridge Parkway issue ran low in October and the Saratoga release was greeted by high demand earlier this month. Only the Blue Ridge Parkway coin has been declared "Sold Out" at the time of this … [Read More...]

2016 Commemorative Coin Finishes and Pricing

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The U.S. Mint has released color-coded images highlighting different finishes used on the 2016 Mark Twain and National Park Service commemorative coins. The Mint currently employs up to four varieties of laser frosting, which can be applied to designs on dies before coins are struck. Images of the actual gold and silver Mark Twain commemoratives are available here. The color-code illustrates … [Read More...]

2016 America the Beautiful Quarters

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The U.S. Mint has posted images of all five 2016 America the Beautiful quarters, due to be released at varying intervals throughout the year. Included are both the Uncirculated and Proof reverse designs for the coins, located on the left and right, respectively. The first ATB release of the new year will be the Shawnee National Forest quarter, which will get its official launch ceremony on … [Read More...]

2016 U.S. Mint Product Schedule

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The U.S. Mint has posted its 2016 product schedule, giving us our first look at release dates for many of next year's issues. While its fair to assume that most of the information included on the chart below is correct and won't require significant changes, updates and adjustments will occur throughout the year. For instance, it is unlikely that products containing Theodore Roosevelt National Park … [Read More...]

2010-2015 America the Beautiful 5 oz. Silver Coin Mintages

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With the end of the year approaching and all of the 2015 America the Beautiful releases behind us, it seems like an apt time to take a look at total mintages for the 5 oz. .999 silver ATB coins in both bullion and Uncirculated formats. Mintages for bullion issues of the 5 oz. coins have varied considerably. Even if we disregard the enormous 2011 numbers as outliers, we still see significant … [Read More...]

November 2015 Circulating Coin Production: Saratoga Totals Released

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The U.S. Mint has issued its figures for November circulating coin production, including the first and final mintage totals for Saratoga National Historical Park quarters. Overall production last month came to 1.2 billion coins, down 29% compared to October, which saw over 1.75 billion pieces struck. The chart below details production numbers for the coins, broken down by denomination and … [Read More...]

2015 American Eagle Silver Bullion Projected Sales Total (Updated)

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Production on 2015 American Eagle Silver bullion coins wrapped up last week, and this week's allocation of 1,130,000 coins will be the final batch released by the Mint to authorized buyers this year. 769,000 of that total was sold today, leaving 361,000 ounces available for the remainder of 2015. At the time of this writing, 2015 Silver Eagle bullion coins have sold 46,639,000 pieces, 2.6 … [Read More...]