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


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


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


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)— 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


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


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...]

Collectors Called Upon to Support Apollo 11 Commemoratives


For the next few weeks, collectors and space-program enthusiasts are turning their attention to the Apollo 11 Moon landing, and its 50th anniversary in 2019. At issue is the passage of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. The manned Moon landing was a singular achievement for humankind, and one of the greatest moments in modern American history. Only one country gets to be first … [Read More...]

2016 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set Available November 22


This post was edited for clarity on November 4 at 2:30 p.m. While the individual coins aren't numismatically valuable, the Circulating Coin Sets see plenty of aftermarket activity. They are valued at $15 per set in the current Red Book and often go for considerably more on ebay. While higher-end collectors and investors mull the effects of today’s jobs report on gold prices—or of increases in … [Read More...]

Walking Liberty 2016 Centennial Gold Coin: Images, Mintage, and Household Order Limits


The Mint has released images of the Walking Liberty 2016 Centennial gold coin (shown above), and posted the official mintage limit of 70,000 and household order limit of 3 on the website. Pricing is not yet available. The coins (item number 16XA) will be available for purchase on November 17, 2016, at noon. In other news, the following availability dates have been released: the American Silver … [Read More...]

Mint in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Bullion Crisis of 2008, Part 4


Conclusion of a four-part series. Part 1 can be read here; Part 2, here; Part 3, here. Great Progress, but Not Enough The combination of expanding both our production capacity and the planchet supply chain had the intended effect of increasing the production of precious-metal bullion coins at the United States Mint. American Eagle gold bullion coins minted and issued increased from … [Read More...]

Mint in Crisis: The Inside Story of the Bullion Crisis of 2008, Part 3


Part 3 of a four-part series. Part 1 can be read here; Part 2, here. Expanding Production Capacity As a manufacturing organization, the United States Mint’s production capacity is limited by what a typical manufacturer is limited by: our leadership, our manufacturing processes, our human resources, and our space and equipment. Having the right leadership is key to expanding production … [Read More...]