Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Sets Available December 14 for $49.95

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The Mint has updated its product page for the 2016 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set, adding the price ($49.95), description, and images. As in previous years, the set includes one each of the year's Presidential $1 coins (Nixon, Ford, and Reagan), a Native American $1 coin, and an American Eagle one-ounce silver Uncirculated coin. This year, however, the set is light a dollar, as the … [Read More...]

Product Fatigue: The Rise in the Number of U.S. Mint Products Since 1990

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The Project The end of the year always generates retrospective articles, in which we look back over the course of the 12 calendar months for patterns, insights, and other useful information. Since the phrase "product fatigue" has appeared so often this fall, I decided to look farther back than the year 2016 (which in any case still has a full month left). I wasn't aiming for a complex analysis; I … [Read More...]

Black Friday and Beyond: Coin Deals as They Happen

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Mint News Blog would like to harness the power of social media to help collectors get the best deals available during the holiday shopping season. We'll start by posting several items here, and will continue to update the post when we find new items. Coins, bullion, supplies—everything remotely numismatic is fair game. Some items will save you a little, while others—hopefully, many others—will … [Read More...]

Display Options for the 1916 Centennial Gold Coin Trio

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You’ve Completed the Centennial Trio—Now What? Those who’ve completed the three-coin set of 1916 Centennial Gold Coins have a dilemma: how are you going to display them? Having shelled out more than $1,500 for the trio, you may have simply put them in the safe or a bank vault, or sent them to a third-party grader. But you may also want to keep your three gold beauties close to hand, where they’ll … [Read More...]

Walking Liberty Centennial Gold Half Dollar: First-Day Sales Are Official

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The U.S. Mint reports that the Walking Liberty Centennial Gold Half Dollar sold 43,728 units on its first day of availability. The coin, which is the third and final member of a three-coin centennial trio commemorating the historic circulating dime, quarter, and half-dollar designs of 1916, went on sale yesterday, November 17, at noon. Early estimates of potential first-day figures ranged from … [Read More...]

Mint Catalog Updates: Ft. Sumter 5-Oz. and Silver Eagle 1-Oz. Uncirculated Coins, Ltd. Edition Silver Proof Set

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The Mint has updated several of its web-catalog pages with pricing, images, and other information collectors have been waiting for. The 2016 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set (#16RC) has been priced at $139.95. Each set contains 90% fine silver Proof versions of each of the year’s clad circulating denominations, all struck at the San Francisco Mint: the Roosevelt dime, the Kennedy half dollar, … [Read More...]

Walking Liberty Centennial Gold Half Dollar Launches Thursday at Noon

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On Thursday, November 17, at noon, the Mint will release the third and final coin in the commemorative trio honoring the historic U.S. coin designs of 1916. The first coin in the series was the Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin, issued on April 21 and honoring the 1916 Winged Liberty design by Adolph A. Weinman. This was followed on September 8 by the Standing Liberty Centennial Gold Coin, … [Read More...]

Silver Krugerrands: ModernCoinMart, GovMint to Be Sole North American Distributors

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UPDATE (12-14-16)—In a December 5 press release to its distributors, the South African Mint stated that, due to damage to the first shipment of coins, the release of the silver Krugerrand would be delayed. UPDATE (11-21-16)—GovMint.com has announced that the official release date of the silver Krugerrand will be December 5, 2016. The mintage, released earlier in November, has been set at 1 … [Read More...]

2016 Limited Edition Silver Proof Sets: Attractive to the Eye, but Maybe Not the Wallet

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On November 25, the Mint will release the 2016 Limited Edition Silver Proof Sets. For clues to the specifics and sales performance of the sets, Mint News Blog takes a look at the past performances of earlier Limited Edition Silver Proof Sets, which debuted in 2012. Each set from 2012 through 2014 contained the 90% silver Proof versions of that year’s Roosevelt dime, Kennedy half dollar, and … [Read More...]

U.S. Mint Circulating-Coin Production Report: October 2016

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Mint News Blog apologizes to readers for the gap in circulating-coin production reports. The figures for September have been included in the charts below, for reference. So far this year, the U.S. minting facilities have produced nearly 14.35 billion circulating coins, with about 48.5% of those coming from Denver and 51.5% from Philadelphia. The annual total is about 5% lower than at this time … [Read More...]