Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee discusses industrial, religious, natural, and military themes in 2019 America the Beautiful quarters


On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC, convened in a public meeting to review and discuss the themes and designs of upcoming U.S. coins and medals. Most of the committee’s members telephoned in to the meeting, with the United States Mint’s talented staff efficiently wrangling the tech side from the eighth-floor conference room at … [Read More...]

American Eagle gold Proofs and other U.S. Mint News


On March 2, the Mint made the 2017 American Eagle gold Proof coins available for sale on its website. The annual issues, all struck at West Point and carrying the W mintmark, consist of the 1-ounce (17EB, $1,560), 1/2-ounce (17EC, $795), 1/4-ounce (17EE, $410), and 1/10-ounce (17EF, $175) Proof coins, as well as the Proof Set containing all four sizes (17EF, $2,890). A host of precious-metal … [Read More...]

2017 America the Beautiful 5-oz. Effigy Mounds silver Uncirculated coin available March 7


(Washington)—The Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coin depicting Effigy Mounds National Monument (product code 17AJ) on March 7 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design depicts an aerial view of mounds in the Marching Bear Group. Inscriptions are EFFIGY MOUNDS, IOWA, 2017, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver … [Read More...]

How the Mint audits the nation’s deep-storage gold

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The status of the U.S. gold reserves has long been a point of discussion, as all information on the subject is closely guarded by the Treasury. Although information on annual audits is available, the average person is unaware of it; and even those who know it exists generally don’t know where to find it. Couple these facts with the public’s widespread distrust of Congress and government agencies, … [Read More...]

Whitman Publishing Wants Your Imperfect Coins


The following is a courtesy post from Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. (Atlanta, Georgia)—Whitman Publishing is looking for sharp, high-resolution photographs or scans of “problem” coins to illustrate in upcoming books. Hobbyists who share their images will be credited in the books’ acknowledgments. “Most of the time we show Mint State pieces with strong details, to give our … [Read More...]

U.S. Mint Releases Annual Report for FY 2016


Note: This post was updated on 2/16/17 at 7:00 p.m. to split bullet point #3 into what are now bullet points #3 and #4.—Editor The United States Mint has released its annual report for fiscal year 2016. As stated in the introductory letter from Rhett Jeppson, who was principal deputy director of the Mint until his resignation on January 20, 2017, the Mint performed solidly last fiscal year. … [Read More...]

United States Mint awarded two top honors for Coin of the Year


(Washington)—The United States recently earned top honors in two coin-design categories at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany. United States Mint officials accepted two Coin of the Year (COTY) Awards on behalf of the nation. The U.S. won in the category of Best Circulating Coin for its America the Beautiful Program quarter honoring Kisatchie National Forest, and in the category of Most … [Read More...]

U.S. Mint establishes March calendar, Boys Town Centennial silver and clad pricing


The following is a cross-post from Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. The Mint has updated its online catalog to include March issues and their dates. It has also released the pricing for the 2017 Boys Town Centennial commemorative silver coins; these prices are not yet listed on the website but will be published in the next Federal Register. March 2 is the big day for American Eagle … [Read More...]

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and a Few of Its Design Ideals


This post was updated on Feb. 4 at 8:10 a.m. to add a missing hyperlink. As an intermediate step between parts 1 and 2 of “A Vision of Liberty for a Modern Nation,” it seems helpful to take a look at the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), which featured prominently in part 1. This post, although lengthy, will be looking at three simple questions: What exactly is the CCAC’s role? What … [Read More...]

A Vision of Liberty for a Modern Nation, Part 1: Treading Lightly

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In March of last year, when the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee released its final design choice for the 2017 American Liberty high-relief gold coin, the numismatic zone of the Internet exploded. The conflict renewed at each step in the process, including the official unveiling this month: fans praised the design’s inclusiveness and beauty, while detractors called it politically correct, … [Read More...]