Modern Coins

2017 American Gold Eagle Uncirculated Coin Available June 1

2017 American Gold Eagle Uncirculated Coin Available June 1

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 American Eagle One Ounce Gold Uncirculated Coin (product code17EH) on June 1 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This coin is a collector version of the Mint’s American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin. Struck at the United States Mint at West Point, the obverse features a version […]

Keeping up with Moderns, and Why I Don’t Collect Roosevelt Dimes: Q. David Bowers

Keeping up with Moderns, and Why I Don’t Collect Roosevelt Dimes: Q. David Bowers

By Q. David Bowers – Stack’s Bowers ……   I enjoy being part of the Stack’s Bowers Galleries team, including the auction program. Often I have contemplated a coin that would be nice to own–a Mint State 1839/6 cent, a lustrous 1794 or 1795 Flowing Hair dollar, an 1815 half eagle. These and other coins […]

United States 1973 (P) Eisenhower Dollar

United States 1973 (P) Eisenhower Dollar

Description: While the country-at-large’s desire for a large dollar coin at the start of the 1970s was hardly demonstrable, the gaming industry developed an acute need to find a replacement for the silver dollars it used to feed tens of thousands of slot machines. This “need”, and the recent passing of beloved war-hero-turned-President Dwight D. […]

U.S. Mint to Launch Quarter Honoring Ozark National Scenic Riverways June 5

U.S. Mint to Launch Quarter Honoring Ozark National Scenic Riverways June 5

WHAT: Join officials from the United States Mint and the National Park Service for the official launch of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri on Monday, June 5, 2017, at 11 a.m. Central Time (CT). Ceremony highlights include musical entertainment by The Baker Family, an award winning […]

Counterfeit Detection: 1963-D Roosevelt Dime with Altered Bands

Counterfeit Detection: 1963-D Roosevelt Dime with Altered Bands

Careful examination of this 1963-D Roosevelt Dime reveals an alteration to the torch By Numismatic Guaranty Corporation ……   Coins are altered in a variety of ways for a number of different reasons. Some alterations may be unintentional, such as corrosion or altered color due to improper storage. Other alterations—altered dates or added mintmarks—are attempts […]

United States 1976 Bicentennial Kennedy Half Dollar

United States 1976 Bicentennial Kennedy Half Dollar

Description: Americans have long considered the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 as the birthday of the United States. And 1976 was a special year: the 200th anniversary, or bicentennial, of our nation’s founding. But Congress and the U.S. Mint were still leery of what they viewed as the abuses of […]

Modern US Coins – Why Did the Number of Cameo Proofs Increase from 1950 to 1964?

Modern US Coins – Why Did the Number of Cameo Proofs Increase from 1950 to 1964?

By David Schwager for CoinWeek …..   An experienced collector once told me that when he started collecting a series, the first coin he bought was a proof. A proof, he explained, is the ideal version of the coin and shows the best possible expression of the artist’s and manufacturer’s vision. Proof coins from about […]

United States Mint Announcement: 2017-P American Liberty Silver Medal Set for June 14 Release

United States Mint Announcement: 2017-P American Liberty Silver Medal Set for June 14 Release

American Gold, Silver Eagle 1 oz Uncirculated Coins, among others, also receive release dates as the United States Mint announces June product schedule By CoinWeek News Staff ….   UPDATE, 5-22-2017: The United States Mint’s online catalog originally listed the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary High Relief Silver Medal as being produced at the West […]

Modern Proof Coins—The Hunt For Perfection Continues

Modern Proof Coins—The Hunt For Perfection Continues

Viewing countless modern proofs gives the collector a greater appreciation for perfection! By Jim Bisognani – NGC Contributor ……..   As we roll into the month of May, we in New England can finally say good riddance to Old Man Winter who, much like the unwanted house guest, didn’t seem to ever want to leave. […]

New US Commemorative Coin Proposals Honor Coast Guard, Christa McAuliffe

New US Commemorative Coin Proposals Honor Coast Guard, Christa McAuliffe

House version of COINS Act also introduced By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Four coin-related bills were introduced into Congress in the last few weeks, three of which would authorize the United States Mint to strike new commemorative coins for the year 2020. The first to be introduced was H.R. 2256–the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin […]

U.S. Mint Annual Uncirculated Coin Set on Sale May 17

U.S. Mint Annual Uncirculated Coin Set on Sale May 17

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® (product code 17RJ) on May 17 at noon Eastern Time (ET). This year’s set consists of 20 coins—one folder of 10 coins from the Philadelphia Mint and one folder of 10 coins from the Denver Mint. Coins in […]

Evaluating Safe Preservation Methods for Proof Coins

Evaluating Safe Preservation Methods for Proof Coins

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   For as long as there have been proof coins, there have been collectors trying to preserve them. Proof coins, which are often struck more than once (at least twice) on polished planchets by specially prepared dies, are specifically designed to be appreciated and are not intended for use […]

One Way or Another: New Legislation Seeks to Change America’s Circulating Coinage

One Way or Another: New Legislation Seeks to Change America’s Circulating Coinage

Two recent Republican bills aim to save taxpayers money By Hubert Walker for CoinWeek ….   Two new pieces of legislation have been introduced (in one instance, reintroduced) to Congress that seek to alter the landscape of our nation’s circulating coinage. COINS Act of 2017 Republican Senators John McCain (AZ) and Michael Enzi (WY) introduced […]

United States 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar

United States 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar

  Description: The 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar was the last of the regular-strike silver-clad half dollars and the last Kennedy half intended for circulation that contained any silver at all. Its release took collectors by surprise, as it was available only in mint sets that year. The United States Mint didn’t publicize this fact, and […]

U.S. Mint to Release 2017 American Buffalo 1oz Gold Proof Coin May 11

U.S. Mint to Release 2017 American Buffalo 1oz Gold Proof Coin May 11

The United States Mint 2017 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin (product code 17EL) will be available for purchase beginning on May 11 at noon Eastern Time (ET). Produced since 2006, this .9999 fine, 24-karat gold coin features designs that are based on the original 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel designed by James Earle […]

Modern US Coins – 2017 America the Beautiful Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter

Modern US Coins – 2017 America the Beautiful Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Quarter

Description: The America the Beautiful Quarters Program debuted on the heels of the 50 State Quarters Program and its adjunct District of Columbia and Territories program. Authorized by Public Law 110–456 (source: PDF), the America the Beautiful National Parks Quarter Dollar Coin Act of 2008, called for the “issuance of redesigned quarters dollars emblematic of national parks […]

NGC Certifies Rare 1942 and 1943 Wrong Planchet Cents

NGC Certifies Rare 1942 and 1943 Wrong Planchet Cents

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified an extraordinary group of four 1942 and 1943 Lincoln Cents struck on the wrong planchets. Included in this group are two examples of the 1943 bronze (“copper”) cent, one of the most famous US error coins. In 1943, the US Mint used zinc-coated steel for Lincoln Cents instead of […]

Catastrophic Launch of Mint of Finland Collector Coin Ends with Scrapped Program

Catastrophic Launch of Mint of Finland Collector Coin Ends with Scrapped Program

By Charles Morgan for CoinWeek …..   Last Monday, the Mint of Finland announced a five-coin, five-euro commemorative coin set marking the 100th Anniversary of Finnish Independence. Each coin in the proposed series was designed to mark a 20-year period, with an obverse and reverse design showing the trials and tribulations of the country’s history. […]

United States 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver $1 Coin

United States 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial Silver $1 Coin

Description: The 2017 Lions Clubs International Centennial commemorative silver dollar honors the 100th anniversary of the world’s largest service club. Founded in 1917 by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Melvin Jones, Lions Clubs International has more than 1.4 million members working together to help improve communities around the world. There are more than 46,000 associated clubs […]

U.S. Mint News: 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Design Contest Opens May 1

U.S. Mint News: 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Design Contest Opens May 1

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Starting Monday, May 1, the United States Mint will begin accepting entries to its design contest for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th anniversary commemorative coin program. Signed into law on December 16, 2016 by President Barack Obama, the act authorizes the Mint to mint a $5 gold Uncirculated coin, […]

Royal Mint Says Possible Counterfeit of UK’s New £1 Coin Is Mint Error

Royal Mint Says Possible Counterfeit of UK’s New £1 Coin Is Mint Error

By CoinWeek News Staff ….   Over the weekend, British media (especially the tabloids) began to report that a man had discovered a counterfeit version of the new 12-sided one-pound coin. Roy Wright, a 48-year-old charity worker from Addlestone in Surrey, England, noticed the suspect coin while giving a tip to a delivery man. After […]

CoinWeek Podcast #66: Does the Dollar Coin Have a Future? – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #66: Does the Dollar Coin Have a Future? – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #66: Does the Dollar Coin Have a Future? – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. This Week on the CoinWeek Podcast, editor Charles Morgan talks to Aaron Klein and Shawn Smeallie from the Dollar Coin Alliance. Smeallie is the […]

United States Mint Releases Next 2017 America the Beautiful 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin May 2

United States Mint Releases Next 2017 America the Beautiful 5 Oz Silver Uncirculated Coin May 2

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin-Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (product code 17AK) on May 2 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, D.C., in the background. Inscriptions […]

US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets

US Coins: 50 Years of Modern Proof Sets

By Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez for CoinWeek.com ……   Proof coinage has been a fixture in American numismatics since the 19th century and a regular hobby staple since 1936, when the United States Mint offered the first modern proof sets after a two-decade hiatus. There was also a three-year intermission between 1965 and 1967, when a nationwide […]

2017 Frederick Douglass America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set Available April 24

2017 Frederick Douglass America the Beautiful Quarters 3-Coin Set Available April 24

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™–Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (product code 17AE) on April 24 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The reverse design of each quarter depicts Frederick Douglass seated at a writing desk with his home in Washington, DC in the background. Inscriptions […]

United States 2017 Boys Town Centennial Half Dollar Coin

United States 2017 Boys Town Centennial Half Dollar Coin

Description: The United States Mint released three commemorative coins in 2017 that honor Boys Town, a non-profit child welfare organization headquartered in Nebraska. While the mission of Boys Town today is to help provide care for at-risk youth of all genders, the iconic youth organization was founded in 1917 as a refuge for wayward boys. […]

PCGS to Attribute Branch Mint Marks on Silver Eagles

PCGS to Attribute Branch Mint Marks on Silver Eagles

UPDATE 4/7/2017 9:22AM PST: For 2014-2017 boxes that have a sticker on the side that includes the designation “WPM”, PCGS believes that these boxes, regardless of their serial number, originated in West Point. Therefore, at this time, and until we receive further clarification from the U.S. Mint, we will not be attributing such boxes to […]

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NGC Attribution of Mint Facility for Bullion Silver Eagles

NGC Attribution of Mint Facility for Bullion Silver Eagles

NGC provides submission guidelines and mintage information for bullion Silver Eagles struck at various Mint facilities, 2011 to date Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) will attribute 2011 to 2017 bullion American Silver Eagles by the US Mint facility that struck the coins provided they are received by NGC in a sealed US Mint box. The attributions […]

CoinWeek Podcast #64: Lee Crane Talks U.S. Mint Products & Congratulations Set – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #64: Lee Crane Talks U.S. Mint Products & Congratulations Set – Audio

CoinWeek Podcast #64: Lee Crane Talks U.S. Mint Products & Congratulations Set – Audio Mobile phone users. Stream this podcast for free by downloading the podomatic app or subscribe to the CoinWeek Podcast on iTunes. It’s no secret that some newly released U.S. Mint products take on a life of their own after their initial release on […]

United States 2017 Boys Town Centennial $5 Gold Coin

United States 2017 Boys Town Centennial $5 Gold Coin

Description: The 2017 Boys Town commemorative $5 gold coin is one of three special United States Mint issues that honor the 100th anniversary of the famous Nebraska-based organization that provides care for at-risk youth. The non-profit organization was founded in 1917 by Father Edward Flanagan, who established Boys Town in Omaha as a home for […]

 
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