A response to increasing cyberattacks and wasteful spending: The Coins Act

In the wake of the devastating Equifax breach, which exposed the private financial information of an estimated 143 million Americans, lawmakers in Washington are scrambling for solutions to the increase in sophisticated cyberattacks targeting private citizens. Other attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack of May 2017 affected almost a quarter of a million Windows users worldwide in over 150 … [Read More...]

My first CCAC Meeting: A spirited discussion and a rare inside glimpse into the design process

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017 , I had the pleasure of attending my first Citizens  Coinage Advisory Committee meeting (on the phone, since I live in Atlanta and not in Washington). As a relative novice to the world of coin design, I understand the apprehension most collectors feel when first putting themselves into the fray with much more experienced numismatists and artists. While I went in with … [Read More...]

Revisiting the Mint’s American Arts gold bullion medals

A recent email blast from the Mint reminded that October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). While the celebratory occasion was initially established 30 years ago as National Arts Week, in 1993 it was reformed into National Arts and Humanities month in order to “raise public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.” The month’s goals … [Read More...]

2019 quarters and the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary commemoratives subjects of the next public CCAC meeting

Pursuant to United States Code, Title 31, section 5135(b)(8)(C), the United States Mint announces the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) public meeting scheduled for October 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room, United States Mint, 801 9th Street NW., Washington, DC 20220. The CCAC will review and discuss candidate designs for the obverse of the … [Read More...]

United States Mint announces designs for World War I Centennial Silver Medals

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint today revealed the obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) designs for five silver medals that will be issued in conjunction with the 2018 World War I Centennial Silver Dollar. Each medal, composed of 90 percent silver, pays homage to branches of the U.S. Armed Forces that were active in World War I. Design descriptions and the respective minting facilities are … [Read More...]

United States Mint unveils winning designs to be featured on World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

WASHINGTON — The United States Mint unveiled the winning designs in the World War I Centennial 2018 Commemorative Coin Design Competition today. The unveiling took place during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The designs, by LeRoy Transfield of Orem, Utah, will be featured on the … [Read More...]

Former Mint Director David J. Ryder nominated to return to the post

The following is a repost from our sister site, Coin Update. The White House announced nominations today to fill a number of vacant government positions, including that of director of the U.S. Mint. For that role, it has nominated David J. Ryder. The Mint, which has been without a formal director since the departure of Edmund Moy in 2011, is currently under the authority of Acting Principal … [Read More...]

Final 2017-S American Eagle silver Proofs go on sale at noon (with a few other coins attached)

At noon today, the 2017 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set (product code 17RC) goes on sale at the Mint. Priced at $139.95, the sets contain the coveted 2017-S American Eagle silver Proof coin, along with the following: all five 2017 Proof quarters from the America the Beautiful program (honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa; Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the District … [Read More...]

The CCAC advises the Treasury on historic new coins, part 4: San Antonio Missions National Historical Park quarter

The following is the fourth of a six-part series currently running on our sister site, Coin Update.  San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Quarter (Texas) Another souvenir I bought during my September visit to United States Mint headquarters in Washington was an Uncirculated five-ounce version of the Ellis Island America the Beautiful quarter. The Philadelphia Mint strikes … [Read More...]

American Legion, Basketball Hall of Fame commemoratives a step closer to realization

Two bills authorizing new commemorative coinage for 2019 and 2010 made their way forward in Congress last week. The first, H.R. 1235, is the “Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act,” which passed the House on September 25. A companion bill of the same name, S. 1503, was introduced in the Senate in June but remains in committee. If passed, the act would authorize … [Read More...]