CCAC Recommends Doolittle and Fighter Ace Gold Medal Designs

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During a meeting on October 14th, 2014, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee reviewed and discussed the obverse and reverse designs for the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders and American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medals. In attendance were Chairman Gary Marks, Robert Hoge, Erik Jansen, Mike Moran, Thomas Uram, Dr. Herman Viola, and Heidi Wastweet, as well as […]

US Mint Sales Report: Slow Start for New Product

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The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report includes the debut figure for the first new product release in a month. Elsewhere in the report, American Silver Eagles and annual sets made their typically strong showings while the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar products remained subdued ahead of the highly anticipated silver coin […]

US Mint Offers 2014 American Platinum Eagle Proof Coin

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The United States Mint has started accepting orders for the 2014 American Platinum Eagle Proof Coin. This represents the final coin within the Preamble series and features the theme “To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity.” The Preamble series has featured representations of six core concepts of American democracy as found […]

1936 Long Island Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar

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The 1936 Long Island Tercentenary Commemorative Half Dollar is one of several classic commemoratives that celebrated an early American event by a European population. In this case, it is the 300th anniversary of the first European settlement on Long Island, New York. In 1636 Dutch settlers founded the town of Breuckelen, named after a likewise […]

Interview with Dr. Herman Viola, Newest Member of the CCAC

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On September 23rd, 2014, Dr. Herman Viola was sworn in as the newest member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). He is a curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Prior to his retirement in 1994, he was director of Quincentenary Programs at the National Museum of Natural History. During […]

US Mint Sales Report: Annual Sets Top Weekly Sellers

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During another week without any new numismatic product releases from the United States Mint, the top sellers fell mainly into the category of the annual set offerings. The three core sets were joined by the individual Proof American Silver Eagle and the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Proof Half Dollar. The top selling product by […]

Remembering the Christopher Columbus Quincentenary Commemorative Coins

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In 1992, the quincentenary or 500th anniversary of the historic voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Americas was celebrated with the issuance of three commemorative coins from the United States Mint. The program included extremely high maximum mintage levels likely formulated with the expectation that the coins would be heavily ordered by the general public. […]

Historically Important Eckfeldt Family Collection To Appear at Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo

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A rare and valuable assemblage of US Mint collectibles owned by the Eckfeldt Family will be the centerpiece of a special exhibit at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo held at the Baltimore Convention Center from October 30 to November 2, 2014. Included among the remarkable coins, medals, and documents to be displayed are the […]

CFA Recommends Designs for WWII Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal

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During their most recent meeting, the Commission of Fine Arts (CFA) reviewed the design candidates for the Congressional Gold Medal to be issued honoring the World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) and provided their recommendations. Under Public Law 113-108, enacted on May 30, 2014, a single Congressional Gold Medal was authorized […]

US Mint Sales Report: Slower Activity During Website Changeover

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The latest weekly United States Mint numismatic product sales report shows reduced activity across most product categories. The reduced sales levels can be attributed to a blackout period for orders which took place ahead of the launch of a new retail website and order management system. During a transition period beginning on September 27, 2014 […]