Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee to hold public meeting on September 19

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will be holding a meeting with the public on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the second-floor conference room of the United States Mint in Washington, DC. Attendees will be meeting to discuss the candidate designs of the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters Program in addition to the design of the Office of Strategic Services … [Read More...]

2017 ATB–Ellis Island bullion coins sell out at the Mint in three days

The Mint has announced that its supply of the America the Beautiful–Ellis Island 5-ounce silver bullion coins has been sold out. The Mint sells bullion coins, including the ATB 5-ounce coins, only to authorized purchasers (APs) and does not sell directly to the public. The bullion coins were made available on August 28, just three days before the supply sold out. As of September 8, the bullion … [Read More...]

2017 America the Beautiful–Ellis Island 5-oz. silver Uncirculated coin available September 7

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful 5-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Ellis Island (product code 17AM) on September 7 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse depicts an immigrant family approaching Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty. The hospital building can be seen in the background. Inscriptions are ELLIS ISLAND, … [Read More...]

The quarter that might have been: Cumberland Island’s rejected turtle design

As Mint News Blog readers know, a popular choice for one of the 2018 America the Beautiful quarter designs—a diving sea turtle representing Cumberland Island National Seashore—has been overruled. A prompt from the comments section led us to ponder what made the rejected design special, and to see if we could discover why it was rejected in favor of a more predictable motif. As you will see, we … [Read More...]

ATB–Ellis Island quarters to have traditional release ceremony on August 30

Press release courtesy of the U.S. Mint. The public and the media are invited to the ceremony to mark the release of the Ellis Island quarter, the 39th coin in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program, on Wednesday, August 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. ET. The event includes a coin exchange of $10 rolls of newly minted Ellis Island quarters after the ceremony. Barbara Fox, … [Read More...]

U.S. Mint opens sales for rolls and bags of Ellis Island quarters

Press release courtesy of the United States Mint. Coming on Wednesday, a look at "The quarter that might have been: Cumberland Island's rejected turtle design." The United States Mint opened sales for products featuring America the Beautiful Quarters Program coins honoring Ellis Island at noon today (August 28). The coin’s reverse design depicts an immigrant family approaching Ellis … [Read More...]

Fort Knox opened to civilians for the first time in 40 years

For much of the country, yesterday was “eclipse day.” But at Fort Knox, the big yellow wasn’t being covered up—it was being revealed: for the first time in 40 years, the U.S. Bullion Depository there was opened to civilians. The Washington Examiner reported that yesterday (August 21), at the behest of the treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, the depository was to be opened to a delegation of … [Read More...]

United States Mint and National Park Service to launch America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Ellis Island on Aug. 30

The following press release is courtesy of the United States Mint. The public and the media are invited to the ceremony to mark the release of the Ellis Island quarter, the 39th coin in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The event, which will take place Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at 11 a.m (Eastern), includes a coin exchange of $10 rolls of newly minted … [Read More...]

It’s 10 p.m.—do you know where your nickels are?

When I was a kid growing up in my grandmother's house, silver quarters still turned up occasionally in circulation. Granny had for years been picking them out of her change from the Sunflower grocery store and putting them in brown plastic medicine bottles that were the perfect size for quarter dollars. (Homemade coin rolls, most assuredly not PVC-free.) Unfortunately for her, this was after the … [Read More...]

Final design choices for the 2018 America the Beautiful quarters

The following is a re-post from Mint News Blog's sister site, Coin Update. The U.S. Mint unveiled the reverse designs for the 2018 America the Beautiful quarters on August 1 at the American Numismatics Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver. The national sites to be recognized in 2018 are Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in … [Read More...]