U.S. Mint fills in its sales calendar through December 5

Collectors exasperated with the month-at-a-time updates to the Mint's sales calendar have reason to smile: the latest update covers release dates from September through December. The new schedule, including the existing August items, is as follows (Mint News Blog will fill in the details as each date approaches): August 1—225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Coin Set (17XC) August 28—Ellis … [Read More...]

PMANA requests House Committee on Ways and Means to bring fairness to the taxation of precious-metal coins and bullion

The following press release is courtesy of the Precious Metals Association of North America (PMANA). (Washington, D.C.)—Discussions surrounding tax reform have heightened in recent weeks, and the Precious Metals Association of North America (PMANA) has offered testimony before the House Committee on Ways and Means asking for a change in the Internal Revenue Code that would bring fairness to … [Read More...]

John F. Kennedy commemorative coin bills introduced

Updated July 27 at 3 p.m. to correct typographical errors. On July 17, companion bills were introduced in the House and Senate authorizing production of commemorative coins to honor the birth centennial of President John F. Kennedy. Since last year (and even earlier), collectors have been watching for a blip on the legislative radar that would signal plans for a Kennedy commemorative; as each … [Read More...]

225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Set gets a price tag, disappears from calendar page

As of late morning on July 21, 17XC has been restored to its original August 1 place on the Mint's calendar page. Updated at 8:45 on July 21 to correct the statement that the set was removed from the calendar page. It was actually given a new "date" and location on the page; see the second paragraph.—Editor The Mint has set a price of $29.95 for its 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated … [Read More...]

PMANA asks President Trump to include precious metals in efforts to label products “Made in America”

The following press release is courtesy of the Precious Metals Association of North America. (Washington, D.C.)—The White House has designated this week to be “Made in America” week to “honor the amazing American workers and companies who have products that are made in America,” according to a White House spokesperson. American manufacturers produce some of the finest and highest-quality … [Read More...]

Ozark National Scenic Riverways 5-oz. silver Uncirculated coins now available

The United States Mint began accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful–Ozark National Scenic Riverways 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coin (product code 17AL) at noon today (July 11). The current authorized mintage limit for both the numismatic and bullion versions is 150,000 units. An announced maximum potential mintage limit of 25,000 coins has been set for the Uncirculated strike; … [Read More...]

20th Anniversary American Eagle platinum Proof coin available July 6

The Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 20th Anniversary American Eagle 1-ounce platinum Proof coins (17EJ) tomorrow, July 6, at noon Eastern Time. The Mint made numismatic history on June 6, 1997, under the tenure of Mint Director Philip Diehl, when it introduced its first legal-tender American Eagle platinum Proof coin. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of production of this … [Read More...]

Unboxing the first of the 2017 American Liberty silver medals

  (Smartphone users: The slides are best viewed in landscape mode.) Given the high markup, not everyone was interested in the American Liberty silver medal—but your intrepid editor was right at the head of the line. Other blogs have already put up unboxing photos and videos, but it still seemed like a nice idea to make the effort for MNB readers. So when the box arrived, I cleared off a … [Read More...]

America’s Native American dollar reaches for the stars in 2019

Updated on 6/30/17 to add external links. On June 21, 2017, a quorum of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee met at United States Mint headquarters on 9th Street in Washington, D.C. We had a full day of meetings that started at 8:00 a.m. and wrapped up at 4:45 p.m., with a break for lunch on premises. Among our agenda items was reviewing and discussing designs for the upcoming 2019 and … [Read More...]

Whitman Publishing releases new gold “toolkit,” GOLD: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Today

(Pelham, Alabama)—On the Fourth of July, 2017, Whitman Publishing will release a newly updated second edition of its award-winning book GOLD: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Today, by Jeff Garrett and Q. David Bowers. It is available for preorder online (including at www.Whitman.com) and will be sold at bookstores and hobby dealers nationwide for $14.95. The book’s contents include … [Read More...]