Mint’s weekly sales figures fall flat

The U.S. Mint’s numismatic sales figures for the week ending April 23, 2017, are probably giving the Mint’s accountants a giant collective headache—but they do make for an interesting discussion of buyer behavior. Much of the excitement (for lack of a better word) seems to be an ongoing ripple effect that started with the April 4 release of the 2017 Congratulations Set. Mint News Blog readers will … [Read More...]

“Cents and Sensibility” Act reintroduced, aims to convert U.S. coinage entirely to steel composition

On April 6, Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) reintroduced the Cents and Sensibility Act (H.R. 2067), which proposes “to save the American taxpayers money by immediately altering the metallic composition of the one-cent, five-cent, dime, and quarter-dollar coins, and for other purposes.” Cosponsored by Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) and Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH), the act is further described in a … [Read More...]

2018 Red Book honors David Rittenhouse, first director of the United States Mint, and 225 years of American coinage

The following is a cross-post from Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. (Pelham, Alabama)—The classic hardcover version of the 71st-edition Guide Book of United States Coins (the hobby’s popular “Red Book”) celebrates the 225th anniversary of federal coinage in Philadelphia. On its back cover is a commemorative gold-foil portrait of David Rittenhouse, first director of the United States … [Read More...]

2017 America the Beautiful–Frederick Douglass National Historic Site 3-coin set rolls out April 24

The U.S. Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set honoring the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (17AE) on Monday, April 24, at noon Eastern Time. The coin is the second ATB quarter in 2017 and the 37th in the program overall. The reverse was designed by Artistic Infusion Program artist Thomas R. Hipschen. The design places Douglass to the right of … [Read More...]

Filipino veterans of World War II will finally—after more than 70 years—receive their Congressional Gold Medal

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, found me in Washington, D.C., attending my ninth meeting as a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee since I joined the group in February 2016. Every meeting of the CCAC is a remarkable experience, but on a personal level, for me and my family, this particular one had special significance. I feel honored to have been part of it. One of our main agenda items … [Read More...]

Bills seek coins commemorating the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division and the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor

Two new bills for commemorative coins, both pertaining to the U.S. military, have been introduced into the U.S. Congress. The Duty First Act (H.R. 1582) was introduced on March 16 by Representative Steve Russell (R-Okla.). It authorizes a three-coin program to commemorate the 2017 centennial of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division. The division’s historic accomplishments and honors could, and … [Read More...]

Well, that was fast: 2017 Congratulations Set sells out in two minutes

Yesterday at 12 noon (Eastern time), the U.S. Mint released product number 17RF: the 2017 Congratulations Set, which contained an S-mintmarked (rather than the traditional W-mintmarked) American Eagle silver Proof. The gates clanged open and within 1/20 of a second, the orders were flying. I know for a fact that it was within 1/20 of a second, because that's how quickly I clicked. I'm neither … [Read More...]

The 2017 Congratulations Set with S-Mint silver Eagle: If nothing else, it will be exciting

The Mint promised us a number of surprises for its 225th-anniversary year. The first was the news that the 2017 cents minted in Philadelphia would, for the first time ever, have the P mintmark. Word got around slowly, starting with a post on a PCGS discussion board about a 2017-P penny that had turned up in pocket change. Then, just last week, another such surprise came out, and it, too, was … [Read More...]

Silver medals for the American Armed Forces in World War I

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (a congressionally established public committee that advises the secretary of the Treasury with design and theme recommendations for U.S. coins and medals) met at United States Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2017. This meeting had been postponed one week by the mid-March blizzard that snarled travel plans around the East Coast. One of … [Read More...]

Mint adds American Liberty high-relief photos to library; announces release of 2017 Proof sets on March 29

Update, March 31, 1:15 p.m.: Click here for an exclusive preview of the 2017 American Liberty silver medal at the Whitman Baltimore Expo. For the last couple of weeks, collectors have been noticing the lack of images of the 2017 American Liberty high-relief gold coin on the Mint's product schedule. As the release dates approached for the coins preceding it on the calendar—the Boys Town … [Read More...]