US Mint Warns Consumers About 10th Anniversary September 11th Commemorative Dollar

The United States Mint has issued a consumer alert about the so-called “10th Anniversary September 11th Commemorative Dollar” marketed by a private firm called the National Collector’s Mint. These are not genuine United States coins or medals.

Advertisements for this product claim that it is a “Liberian government authorized legal tender coin.”

The US Mint warns:

Consumers may find the advertisements for this product confusing because the National Collector’s Mint uses phrases such as “legal tender dollar.”  The product itself may be confusing because it bears the denomination “One Dollar.”  Congress did not authorize the National Collector’s Mint product, and the United States Government does not endorse it.

Earlier this week, Senator Chuck Schumer and Congressman Jerrold Nadler called for Federal Trade Commission to crack down on the company “and send a loud message that profiteering off of a national tragedy will not be tolerated.”

The two had authored legislation signed into law in August, which will create an official 10th Anniversary September 11th Silver Medal. It will be produced by the United States Mint with surcharges distributed to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center.

The design of the official medals will be “emblematic of the courage, sacrifice, and strength of those individuals who perished in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the bravery of those who risked their lives to save others that day, and the endurance, resilience, and hope of those who survived.”

In response to a recent inquiry, the United States Mint indicated that final designs for the medal are in development. The medal is expected to be released close to the 10th anniversary date on September 11, 2011.


  1. Dave says

    I don’t support what the National Collectors mint is doing, but isn’t it interesting that a senator and a congressman want to “send a loud message that profiteering off of a national tragedy will not be tolerated”. And yet the same two authored legislation authorizing the US government to produce a coin to commemorate that tragedy. Isn’t that profiteering? I guess it’s like the local bookies not being allowed to facilitate gambling bets, yet most states have their own government sanctioned lottery (gambling) program.

  2. Bob says

    I understand what Dave is saying. If the mint is, however, contributing the surcharges from the coin sales to a 9/11 fund I would’nt call it profiteering.

  3. Nikki says

    They aren’t contributing the surcharges at all. I was redirected here from an article on (

    They say, “The whole thing is also a massive scam. The coin makers even received an official censure from the U.S. mint after it came out, because they were charging $30 for about 25 cents worth of metal, and they donated absolutely none of their profits to relief or reconstruction efforts. The advertisements also claim that the coin is legal tender, endorsed by the government, which is true … in Liberia.”

  4. Josh powell says

    So I purchased 10 of the September 11th 10th anniversary gold coins. At $10 a piece years ago. So they are not the real thing. They uss ship and the small towers that stand up on the coin. Are not from re Y led steel from the towers. How much really are these coins worth? I bought them to try to help a for a good cause. Also hoping g that one day I can hand my children them so they would never forget about the innocent brave and courageous those people were that day. I guess that company selling those coins should go to jail. My question is are these coins ever going to be worth anything

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