Silver medals for the American Armed Forces in World War I

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (a congressionally established public committee that advises the secretary of the Treasury with design and theme recommendations for U.S. coins and medals) met at United States Mint headquarters in Washington, D.C., on March 21, 2017. This meeting had been postponed one week by the mid-March blizzard that snarled travel plans around the East Coast. One of … [Read More...]

Mint adds American Liberty high-relief photos to library; announces release of 2017 Proof sets on March 29

Update, March 31, 1:15 p.m.: Click here for an exclusive preview of the 2017 American Liberty silver medal at the Whitman Baltimore Expo. For the last couple of weeks, collectors have been noticing the lack of images of the 2017 American Liberty high-relief gold coin on the Mint's product schedule. As the release dates approached for the coins preceding it on the calendar—the Boys Town … [Read More...]

Proof rendition of American Silver Eagle goes on sale March 23

This post was updated on March 21 at 6:30 p.m. to correct the term "Enhanced Proof." Although ASEs with the Enhanced finish are sometimes referred to as Proofs or Specimens, they were marketed by the Mint in the spring of 2013 as having an "Enhanced Uncirculated" finish. (Washington)—The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 American Eagle 1-ounce silver Proof … [Read More...]

2017 palladium American Eagle design mock-ups revealed

This post was modified on the evening of March 17 to add the image-comparison slider, and to modify the language about the obverse design, which suggested a more exact replication than actually exists. In an article by Paul Gilkes, Coin World has shared U.S. Mint mock-ups (shown above) for the 2017 palladium bullion coins. The obverse closely follows (with a few subtle differences) the classic … [Read More...]

Palladium American Eagle design discussion postponed

Tomorrow, March 15, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) was scheduled to meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss the designs for several U.S. Mint coin and medal products. Mother Nature had other ideas, however, and slammed the Eastern seaboard with a nasty winter storm that has shut down cities, airlines, and public transportation in D.C. and elsewhere, so the meeting has been … [Read More...]

Mint releases Boys Town Centennial commemorative coins

(Washington, D.C.)—Today, the United States Mint released three commemorative coins to celebrate Boys Town’s 100 years of service to children and families. “This is such an exciting time at Boys Town as we release the designs of these symbolic coins,” said Father Steven Boes, Boys Town national executive director. “These coins will help us commemorate and celebrate the outstanding work that has … [Read More...]

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, www.ccac.gov) 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

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...]