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Gold Coin Sales to End December 31st for 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle

Sales of the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin will end on December 31 at 3 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Customers may order the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin until December 31 at the United States Mint’s secure Web site, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Credit cards are billed as products are shipped from our fulfillment center. Because of possible price fluctuations, mail orders are not accepted. There is no household limit.

The obverse (heads side) design of the one-ounce $20 coin, which is struck in 24-karat gold, features Liberty, represented by a statuesque woman striding forward. The reverse (tails side) design depicts a young eagle flying during a magnificent sunrise. The coin is encased in a protective capsule and mounted on a wood platform housed in a velvet-lined, highly lacquered, mahogany wood box that bears inscriptions in a font similar to those used in the early 1900s, when the original coin was produced.

Included with each coin is an official hard-cover, companion book that chronicles the story of the original $20 1907 Double Eagle gold piece, and describes the modern technologies and processes that the United States Mint used to perfect the legal tender 2009 version. The book is not sold separately.

Sales for the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin began on January 22, 2009 – a special collectible resulting from modern 21st century digital design technology. To date, sales of the coin have exceeded 108,961 units. (more…)

The 2010 Presidential $1 Coins Are Coming

United States Mint Unveils Next Presidential Images that Consumers Will See on $1 Coins Next Year

2010_pres_dollars_group_120809The United States Mint today unveiled the new designs for the Presidential $1 Coins that will enter into circulation next year. The 2010 coins will honor former Presidents Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, James Buchanan and Abraham Lincoln.

“Each of the Presidential $1 Coins is a tribute to the men who made tremendous personal sacrifices to lead our country,” said United States Mint Director Ed Moy. “I hope this tribute continues to inspire a renewed sense of pride in our Nation’s rich history as we move into the fourth year of the Presidential $1 Coin Program.”

The obverses (heads side) of the Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan and Lincoln Presidential $1 Coins feature bold portraits of the former Presidents. Inscriptions on the obverses are the President’s name, the dates or years of his term in office, a number indicating the order in which he served, and the inscription IN GOD WE TRUST. The obverse designs on the Millard Fillmore and Abraham Lincoln Presidential $1 Coins are by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart; the obverse design on the Franklin Pierce Presidential $1 Coin is by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Susan Gamble; and the obverse design for the James Buchanan Presidential $1 Coin is by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill.

The common reverse (tails side) design of the coins, also by Everhart, features a dramatic rendition of the Statue of Liberty. Inscriptions on the reverse are $1 and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, with E PLURIBUS UNUM, 2010, the mint mark and 13 stars appearing on the edge of the coin.

The United States Mint will release the 2010 Presidential $1 Coins in approximately three-month intervals throughout the year. Please visit www.usmint.gov/catalog or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468) for product pricing and availability. (more…)

2010 Native American $1 Coin Design announced by US Mint

The United States Mint announced the new design that Americans will see on the reverse (tails side) of Native American $1 Coins next year.

nat_amer_dollar_lineThe design, based on the theme “Government – The Great Tree of Peace,” depicts the Hiawatha Belt with five arrows bound together, with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, $1, Haudenosaunee and Great Law of Peace. The United States Mint will commence issuing these coins in January 2010, and they will be available throughout 2010.

The Hiawatha Belt is a visual record of the creation of the Haudenosaunee, also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, with five symbols representing the five original Nations. The central figure on the belt, the Great White Pine, represents the Onondaga Nation with the four square symbols representing the Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga and Seneca Nations. The bundle of arrows symbolizes strength in unity for the Iroquois Confederacy. The design is by Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Thomas Cleveland.

Featured on the obverse (heads side) of the 2010 Native American $1 Coin is the familiar “Sacagawea” design by sculptor Glenna Goodacre, first produced in 2000. Inscriptions on the obverse are LIBERTY and IN GOD WE TRUST. Like the Presidential $1 Coins, the Native American $1 Coins are minted in the distinctive golden color with the year, mint mark and E PLURIBUS UNUM edge-lettered on the rim.

Authorized by the Native American $1 Coin Act (Act) (Public Law 110-82), the United States Mint is minting and issuing the $1 coins to recognize Native Americans for their contributions to the development and history of the United States. The agency will issue the coins to the maximum extent practicable, in the chronological order in which the Native Americans depicted lived or the events commemorated occurred, until the end of the Presidential $1 Coin Program. (more…)

US Mint Set to Release Zachary Taylor Presidential $1 Coins on November 19th

zac_taylor_pres_dollarThe United States Mint will accept orders for rolls of Zachary Taylor Presidential $1 Coins at its online catalog, http://www.usmint.gov/catalog, beginning at noon Eastern Time (ET) on November 19, 2009. Each roll, priced at $35.95, contains 25 circulating quality $1 coins from either the United States Mint facility at Philadelphia or Denver. The coins are wrapped in packaging that displays the mint of origin (P or D), the face value of the contents ($25) and the United States Mint logo.

United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart designed and sculpted the obverse (heads side) and the reverse (tails side) of the Zachary Taylor Presidential $1 Coin. The obverse features Taylor’s dramatic portrait with the inscriptions ZACHARY TAYLOR, IN GOD WE TRUST, 12TH PRESIDENT and 1849-1850. The reverse features a striking rendition of the Statue of Liberty, with the inscription UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and the coin’s face value. The inscriptions 2009, E PLURIBUS UNUM and the mint of origin are incused on the coin’s edge.

Customers may also order the Zachary Taylor Presidential $1 Coins by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468). A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be added to all domestic orders. As an added convenience, customers may enroll in the United States Mint’s Online Subscription Program to receive future rolls of Presidential $1 Coins as they are released. Visit http://www.usmint.gov/catalog for more information about this convenient ordering method.

Zachary Taylor was born in 1784 in Virginia. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to Kentucky, where he spent his youth. Taylor enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 23 and acquired the nickname “Old Rough and Ready” during his long military career. A national hero of the Mexican-American War, Taylor was an attractive presidential candidate, but he was also an independent thinker who did not always follow party lines. He became ill after attending a long ceremony at the Washington Monument on a hot Independence Day in 1850. He died five days later, having served only 16 months in office. (more…)

New Lincoln One-Cent Coin for 2010 and Beyond Unveiled

The United States Mint launched the fourth 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin today in a ceremony held at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial located below the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building. The coin, bearing a reverse (tails side) design emblematic of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in Washington, D.C., is the final coin in the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Program.2010_Cent_reverse

“The fourth and final 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin design evokes the historical challenges of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency,” said United States Mint Director Ed Moy. “The image of an incomplete U.S. Capitol symbolizes the unfinished business of a Nation torn apart by slavery and the Civil War.”

Donald R. Kennon, Chief Historian of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, and Eileen R. Mackevich, Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, joined in the ceremonial launch. Following the ceremony, adults exchanged their currency for two to six rolls of 2009 Lincoln “Presidency” Bicentennial One-Cent Coins. Children ages 18 and younger received a newly minted one-cent coin to commemorate the event.

The reverse of the 2009 Lincoln “Presidency” Bicentennial One-Cent Coin features the partially completed U.S. Capitol dome, symbolizing Lincoln’s resolve as he guided the country through its gravest crisis. Inscriptions on the reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE CENT. The coin’s obverse (heads side) features sculptor Victor David Brenner’s familiar image of President Lincoln, which debuted in 1909. Inscriptions on the obverse are IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 2009.
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US Mint to Launch Final Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin

Last Coin in Series Honors Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency

lincoln_bicent_4_111209The public is invited to join United States Mint Director Ed Moy at a special ceremony to launch the final coin in the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One Cent Coin Program, honoring Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in Washington, D.C. The ceremony will take place 10 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) Thursday, November 12, at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Statue located below the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building. Invited guests include Dr. Donald Kennon, Chief Historian of the U. S. Capitol Historical Society, and Eileen Mackevich, Executive Director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Children 18 years and younger will receive a new “Presidency” Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin to commemorate the event. The news media are welcome to attend.

The design selected for aspect four of Lincoln’s life features the half-finished United States Capitol dome, symbolizing a Nation torn apart by civil war and the resolve Lincoln showed as he guided the country through its most grave crisis. .

The coin’s obverse (heads) continues to bear Victor David Brenner’s familiar likeness of Lincoln.

Following the ceremony, the public can exchange their currency-while supplies last-for a minimum of two rolls and up to six rolls of coins bearing the new Lincoln “Presidency” design. (Limits are subject to change.)

As authorized by law, the United States Mint has issued a series of four pennies this year to honor the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent. The coins’ reverse (tails side) design reflects four different aspects, or themes, of President Lincoln’s life: his birth and early childhood in Kentucky; his formative years in Indiana; his professional life in Illinois; and his presidency in Washington, D.C. The obverse (heads side) of the coins continues to feature Victor David Brenner’s likeness of President Lincoln that has graced the coin since 1909.
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James K. Polk and Sarah Polk Coin and Medal Set Available September 17

usmint_polk_setThe United States Mint will open sales of the 2009 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal SetTM (James K. Polk – Sarah Polk) on September 17, 2009, at noon Eastern Time (ET).

The set, offered at $8.95, contains an uncirculated James K. Polk Presidential $1 Coin and a Sarah Polk First Spouse Bronze Medal bearing the same likeness featured on the First Spouse Gold Coin minted in her honor. The coin and medal are mounted on a durable plastic card enhanced with handsome portraits of the President and first spouse. Issuance information is annotated on the back of the card.

The United States Mint will accept orders for the 2009 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set (James K. Polk – Sarah Polk) at http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468).

A Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal Set honoring President Zachary Taylor and Margaret Taylor will be released in December.

The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage. Its primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins. (more…)

United States Mint Launches American Samoa Quarter in Pago Pago

usmint_samoaThe United States Mint celebrated the launching of the American Samoa commemorative quarter-dollar coin yesterday at the Samoana High School Gym in Pago Pago, the territory’s capital city. United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart and American Samoa Governor Togiola T.A. Tulafono led the celebration of the fourth coin in the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program.

“This beautiful quarter-dollar coin honoring American Samoa’s vibrant traditional culture and rugged beauty is a welcome addition to American coinage,” Brunhart told the crowd.

The reverse (tails side) of the American Samoa quarter, sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Charles L. Vickers, features the ava bowl (“tanoa”), whisk and staff in the foreground, with the shore featured in the background. The ava ceremony is considered the most significant traditional event in the Samoan culture. Inscribed on the coin’s reverse are AMERICAN SAMOA and SAMOA MUAMUA LE ATUA, which means “Samoa, God is First.”

Following the ceremony, Tulafono and Brunhart distributed new American Samoa quarters to children 18 years old and younger to commemorate the event. Adults exchanged their currency for $10 rolls of American Samoa quarters.

On Wednesday evening, Brunhart hosted a collector’s coin forum, where he discussed United States Mint programs. Audience members shared their ideas about what they would like to see on U.S. coinage in the future.

The United States Mint is offering the American Samoa quarter for sale in two-roll sets (40 coins per roll) containing one roll each from the United States Mint facilities at Philadelphia and Denver, and in bags of 100 and 1,000 coins. To place an order, visit the United States Mint Web site at www.usmint.gov/catalog or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). The 2009 American Samoa Quarter Two-Roll Sets and the American Samoa 100-Coin Bags are $32.95 each, and the American Samoa 1,000-Coins Bags are $309.95 each.

Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin Available September 3

The United States Mint will release a gold coin in honor of Sarah Polk at 12 noon Eastern Time (ET) on September 3, 2009. The one-half ounce 24-karat Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin will be available in proof and uncirculated versions.

usmint_sarah_polkBoth the obverse (heads side) and the reverse (tails) of the Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin were designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. The coin’s obverse features her portrait and the inscriptions SARAH POLK, 1845-1849, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 2009. The coin’s reverse depicts her working in the White House in support of her husband’s career. Inscriptions on the reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, ½ OZ. and .9999 FINE GOLD.

Mintage for the Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin is limited to 40,000 units across both the proof and uncirculated product options. Customer demand will determine the ratio of coins produced. Orders will be limited to 10 coins per product option per household for the first week of sales. The United States Mint will reevaluate this limit following the initial sales period and either extend, adjust or eliminate it.

Bronze medals bearing the likeness of the designs featured on the gold coin also will be available for $3.50 each. There is no mintage or order limit for these bronze medals. Collectors may purchase the Sarah Polk First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal at the United States Mint’s secure Web site, http://www.usmint.gov, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468). A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 will be applied to all domestic orders.

Sarah Childress Polk received an education traditionally available only to the most privileged young women of her time, which made her especially fitted to assist a husband with a political career. She devoted her married life to husband James K. Polk’s political career, organizing his campaigns, writing speeches, handling his correspondence, and developing a network of valuable political friendships. Skilled in tactful conversation, Mrs. Polk enjoyed wide popularity and deep respect. She instituted many changes at the White House, including its refurbishment and the installation of gas lighting.
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United States Mint Unveils Design for Commemorative Coin Honoring Disabled American Veterans

The United States Mint has unveiled the designs for the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Convention in Denver. United States Mint Director Ed Moy unveiled the designs. Under the American Veterans Disabled for Life Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 110-277), the agency will mint and issue commemorative coins in honor of veterans who became disabled for life while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.The coin’s designs, approved by Secretary of the Treasury Timothy F. Geithner on July 30, 2009, are emblematic of the service of our disabled veterans who made enormous personal sacrifices defending the principles of our democracy. The obverse (heads side) design depicts the legs and boots of three disabled veterans. The inscription in the banner along the coin’s upper rim, THEY STOOD UP FOR US, pays tribute to the courageous disabled veterans who fought to preserve our freedom. Additional inscriptions on the obverse are IN GOD WE TRUST, 2010 and LIBERTY.

The reverse (tails) design depicts a forget-me-not flower at the base of a wreath wrapped in a ribbon that cradles and supports clusters of oak branches. The oak branches represent strength, while the forget-me-not is a widely accepted symbol of remembrance for those who sacrificed their blood and their health for our country’s cause. The inscriptions are Take This Moment to Honor Our Disabled Defenders of Freedom, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE DOLLAR.

The United States Mint will mint proof and uncirculated versions of the commemorative $1 coin in 90 percent silver. The coins will bear the “W” mint mark of the United States Mint at West Point. Mintage is set at 350,000 coins across all product options.

Surcharges collected from sales of the 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar coins are authorized to be paid to the Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation. The surcharges will help the Foundation support the construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C., which was authorized by Congress in 2000. (more…)

Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coins Bearing Third New Design Available August 13

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for two-roll sets of one-cent coins bearing the third new reverse design in the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin Program at noon Eastern Time (ET) on August 13, 2009. The coin will honor the 16th President’s professional life in Illinois. The 2009 Lincoln Cent Two-Roll Set – “Professional Life” is priced at $8.95 per set. Orders are limited to five units per household and will be available for a limited time only.

The set contains one roll of 50 coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia with no mint mark and one roll of 50 coins from the United States Mint at Denver bearing the “D” mint mark. Each roll is packaged in specially designed paper coin wrap that displays the mint of origin, the year and the face value of its contents.

Millions of one-cent coins bearing the “Professional Life” design will be released into general circulation on August 13. The new reverse (tails side) design depicts Abraham Lincoln as a young professional standing in front of the old state capitol building in Springfield, Illinois, and includes the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE CENT. It was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart. The obverse (heads) continues to bear the familiar likeness of Lincoln by renowned sculptor Victor David Brenner.

Orders for the 2009 Lincoln Cent Two-Roll Set – “Professional Life” will be accepted at the United States Mint’s secure Web site, www.usmint.gov, or at the toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468). A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order will be added to all domestic orders.

The “Professional Life” one-cent coin is the third in the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coin Program. One-cent coins bearing the final design in the series, representing Lincoln’s presidency in Washington D.C., will be available in November. Customers who wish to receive automatic shipments of the 2009 Lincoln Cent Two-Roll Sets – “Professional Life” and “Presidency” may enroll in the Online Subscription Program. A maximum of five units may be ordered via subscription. Visit www.usmint.gov/catalog and click on the “Subscriptions” tab for details. (more…)

Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin and Medal Available August 6

Gold coins honoring first spouse Julia Tyler will be available for sale by the United States Mint at noon Eastern Time (ET) on August 6, 2009. The one-half ounce 24-karat gold coin, struck at the United States Mint at West Point, will be available in proof and uncirculated conditions.

Julia Tyler First Spouse CoinThe coin’s obverse (heads side) bears a striking portrait of Mrs. Tyler. Inscriptions on the obverse include IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 1844-1845, the period during which she served as first spouse. The reverse (tails) depicts the President and Mrs. Tyler dancing together at a White House Ball. Inscriptions on the reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10, 1/2 OZ. and .9999 FINE GOLD.

The obverse and reverse of the Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin were designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart.

The maximum mintage for the Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin is set at 40,000 units across both product options. Customer demand will determine the ratio of proof to uncirculated coins produced within the total maximum mintage. During the first week of sales, a limit of 10 coins per product option per household will be in effect. The United States Mint will re-evaluate this household limit at the end of the initial sales period and either extend, adjust or lift it.

Pricing for the Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin is based on the United States Mint’s pricing structure for precious metals products. The pricing structure is available online at http://usmint.gov/pressroom/index.cfm?flash=yes&action=goldplat

Bronze medals bearing a likeness of the Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin also will be available for $3.50 each. There is no mintage or order limit for the 1 5/16-inch bronze medals. (more…)

2009 Silver Proof Set Available July 17 from the US Mint

The 2009 United States Mint Silver Proof Set contains 18 coins, each bearing the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco.

This year’s set contains 18 coins:  four Presidential $1 Coins honoring William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk and Zachary Taylor; a new Native American $1 Coin; six commemorative quarter-dollar coins honoring the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands); four new Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coins struck in honor of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth; and the Jefferson 5-cent coin, Roosevelt dime and Kennedy half-dollar.  The dime, half-dollar, and six quarters are struck in lustrous 90 percent silver.

All 18 coins bear the “S” mintmark of the United States Mint at San Francisco.  The set also includes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Director of the United States Mint.

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Bootstrap Error Lincoln Cents In Circulation

By Richard Giedroyc of HCC, Inc. www.hcc-coin.com

There are many minor error coins that can be found in circulation, but there are few error coins on which the error is both graphically visible and available in significant enough quantities to grab the interest of collectors as being a major variety.

There may be such a major variety now appearing in circulation, this being a 2009-P Bootstrap Lincoln cent. This appears to be a major variety of the Formative Years Lincoln cent, the second of four circulating commemorative cents to be issued during the year. Significant numbers of cents with a prominent die crack graphically visible without magnification extending from Lincoln’s left boot through the second U in PLURIBUS at six o’clock on the reverse of the Formative Years cent recently appeared at random in 2009-P Uncirculated cent rolls. The die crack is similar to a bootstrap, thus gaining the nickname for the variety.

The die crack error was first discovered in a roll of Lincoln cents examined by Jason Rodgers of HCC Inc., a rare coin company based in Holland, Ohio (a suburb of Toledo). Rodgers wasn’t particularly impressed by the first example discovered, but when several Bootstrap cents began appearing sporadically within other rolls Rodgers began to pay closer attention.

Jason Rodgers - HCCRodgers said his sample of more than 300 error coins was too small to conclude if the die crack is not progressive or not, although the die crack does not appear to become worse on later strike coins from the Bootstrap die. A progressive die crack would indicate the coins are late die state coinage originating from a deteriorating die. Error coins that as a group do not show a die progression suggest the coins originated from a die produced with a crack that was in the die when the die was first used.

This could put this error in league with the 1955 Doubled Die Lincoln cent and the 1937-D Three Legged Buffalo nickel, each of which are error coins produced from a single faulty die the mint failed to detect prior to commencing production with that die rather than from a deteriorating die or from a faulty hub.

No guess of the number produced will be available for some time, but considering the die crack is consistent and appears to come from a single reverse die the life expectancy of that working die can be estimated.

2009 United States Mint Proof Set® Available June 1

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2009 United States Mint Proof Set at noon Eastern Time on June 1. The set is priced at $29.95.

This year’s set contains 18 coins, each bearing the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco. The set includes four Presidential $1 Coins honoring William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk and Zachary Taylor; the new Native American $1 Coin; six commemorative quarter-dollar coins honoring the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands); four Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coins recognizing the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth; and the Jefferson 5-cent, Roosevelt dime and Kennedy half-dollar coins.

The United States Mint Proof Set contains coins that are manufactured using specially prepared, highly polished dies. The coins are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. A frosted, sculpted foreground gives these coins a special cameo effect. The coins are sealed in four protective lenses to showcase and maintain their exceptional finish. A Certificate of Authenticity is included with each set.

Collectors may purchase the 2009 United States Mint Proof Set at www.usmint.gov, or at the toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). All domestic orders will be assessed a shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order.

The United States Mint Proof Set also is available through the Online Subscription Program. For more information about this convenient ordering method, please visit www.usmint.gov.

United States Mint Releases Guam Commemorative Quarter May 26

Collectors may begin placing their orders for bags and rolls of Guam commemorative quarter-dollar coins on May 26, at noon Eastern Time. The bags and rolls contain general circulating quality coins struck on the production floors at the United States Mint facilities at Denver and Philadelphia.

The bags of Guam quarters are packaged in 100-coin bags ($32.95) and 1,000-coin bags ($309.95). Each bag has a tag identifying the mint of origin and “GU.”

The two-roll sets ($32.95) include one roll each of 40 coins bearing the “D” and “P” mint marks. The distinctive packaging displays the mint of origin, “GU” and the dollar value of the contents.

Both options display the genuine United States Mint logo.

The Guam quarter-the third coin in the 2009 District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program-is scheduled for release by the Federal Reserve on May 26. The coin’s reverse (tails side) design depicts the outline of the island, a flying proa (a seagoing craft built by the Chamorro people), and a latte stone (an architectural element used as the base of homes). Inscriptions on the coin’s reverse include GUAM and Guahan I Tanó ManChamorro, which means “Guam – Land of the Chamorro.”

The United States Mint will accept orders for the bags and rolls of Guam quarters at its secure Web site, www.usmint.gov, or at the toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Please add $4.95 for shipping and handling to all domestic orders. Because of their size and weight, an additional charge of $7.95 per bag will be applied to orders for 1,000-coin quarter bags.

United States Mint Launches Second Redesigned One-Cent Coin in Indiana

The United States Mint will present the second redesigned one-cent coin (penny), bearing an image representing Abraham Lincoln’s formative years, at a ceremony in Indiana on May 14. The public and the media are invited to the free event, which will take place in Lincoln State Park at the Lincoln Amphitheatre in Lincoln City at 10 a.m. CDT (11 a.m. EDT).

New Reverse Lincoln Cent - Formative YearsFollowing the ceremony, there will be a coin exchange where the public can exchange their currency for a minimum of two rolls and up to six rolls of coins bearing the new design, while supplies last. (The limits are subject to change.) Those who cannot attend the event can purchase a Two-Roll Set of coins bearing the Formative Years design directly from United States Mint’s Web site, www.usmint.gov, or the toll-free number 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), beginning noon ET on May 14. The Two-Roll Set will be available for a limited time only and is priced at $8.95 per two-roll set. A shipping and handling fee of $4.95 per order will be added to all domestic orders. There is an order limit of five sets per household.

The United States Mint is mandated by Title III of Public Law 109-145-the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005-to issue a series of four different pennies in recognition of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln cent. The reverse (tails side) will reflect four different designs, each one representing a different aspect, or theme, of President Lincoln’s life. The obverse (heads side) of all four redesigned one-cent coins will continue to bear the likeness of President Lincoln that has graced the penny since 1909.

The themes for the reverse designs represent four major aspects of Abraham Lincoln’s life: his birth and early childhood in Kentucky; his formative years in Indiana; his professional life in Illinois; and his presidency in Washington, D.C. The third redesigned penny will be put into circulation in August, followed by the fourth design in November. (more…)

Some History on the ‘New’ Ultra High Relief Double Eagle

By Roger Burdette

2009 Ultra High Relief Gold Double EagleThe MMIX ultra high relief gold double eagle was inspired by the original extremely high relief experimental pieces struck in 1907. Mint Director Edmund Moy commented on several occasions that he wanted the U.S. Mint to right the wrong done to Saint-Gaudens’s design in 1907. He wanted to make this magnificent design available to coin collectors in all its original glory.

The design itself was first shown to President Theodore Roosevelt in December 1906. At the time, Roosevelt ordered the Mint to produce experimental examples exactly following the artist’s models. Mint engraver Charles Barber took his job seriously, and although he and Saint-Gaudens despised one another personally, Barber had considerable respect for the sculptor’s artistic talent and reputation. To a remarkable extent, this was accomplished by Barber during the first week of January 1907, with considerable assistance from Henri Weil. The two not only prepared hubs for a normal 32-millimeter diameter double eagle, but another set that were 27-millimeters in diameter – the size of the current $10 gold eagle.

Augustus Saint-GaudensExperimental pieces in both diameters were intended to determine how many blows it took to fully express Saint-Gaudens’ high relief design. Everyone, including Saint-Gaudens, knew that a coin with such high relief could not be struck with one blow from a normal press, but no one knew how many it would take. Barber hoped that the small diameter pieces would allow more of the force of the press to be concentrated and result in fully struck coins with fewer blows.

During the second week of February fifteen small diameter pieces were struck, although we do not know how many blows it took. Each coin was 27-millimeters in diameter but contained the same gold as a $20 coin. The result was a small, very thick coin with a decided “lump-like” feel. As was common, the mint director, George Roberts, took a couple specimens of normal and small diameter experimental pieces back to Washington. He gave one pair to Mint Auditor (and former Director) Robert Preston, and kept one pair for himself after showing the pieces to the President. (more…)

First Coin with Readable Braille Launches on March 26

Louis Braille Silver DollarUnited States Mint Director Ed Moy will present the Nation’s first coin with readable Braille at 10:00 a.m. on March 26, at the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. NFB President Marc Maurer will join in the presentation of the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, along with invited guests that include mathematician and inventor Abraham Nemeth; and National Aeronautics and Space Administration Assistant Administrator for Education Joyce Winterton. NFB first Vice President Frederic Schroeder will serve as the event’s Master of Ceremonies. The presentation includes a special videotaped message from U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd, one of the sponsors of Public Law 109-247-the Louis Braille Bicentennial-Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act.

The United States Mint, authorized by Public Law 109-247, is issuing the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar to honor the life and work of the man who invented the Braille method of reading and writing by the blind that has allowed millions of blind people to be literate participants in their societies. The Public Law also provides that a portion of the proceeds from the sales of the commemorative coins is authorized to be paid to the NFB to further its programs to promote Braille literacy.

The 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar features a portrait of Louis Braille on the obverse (heads side). The reverse (tails side) design depicts a child reading a Braille book. The word INDEPENDENCE is displayed on a bookshelf behind the child and the word Braille, abbreviated BRL in Braille code, is featured in the upper field. (more…)

United States Mint Launches First Redesigned Lincoln One-Cent Coin in 50 Years at Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace

New Coin Goes into Circulation on 200th Anniversary of Revered Leader’s Birthday

New 2009 Lincoln Cent w/ Log Cabin ReverseHODGENVILLE, Ky. – The United States Mint launched the first redesigned one-cent coin (penny) in 50 years in a ceremony today-the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The redesigned Lincoln penny, released into circulation today, features a log cabin on the coin’s reverse (tails side), emblematic of Lincoln’s humble roots in Kentucky.

“The new Lincoln cent is a milestone moment for the United States Mint and for our country,” said United States Mint Deputy Director Andy Brunhart. “The coin is a tribute to a humble man who rose to great heights living by principles of honesty, integrity and loyalty, principles that never go out of fashion. More importantly, Americans will forever hold dear Lincoln’s legacy – an enduring Nation, united in the pursuit of equality for all.”

Mr. Brunhart and Kentucky Governor Steven L. Beshear presented thousands of shiny, new one-cent coins to children ages 18 and under in attendance at a ceremonial launch held at the LaRue County High School gymnasium. Following the ceremony, participants exchanged their coins and currency for the one-cent coins bearing the new design.

The log cabin design is the first of four new designs Americans will see on the reverse of the penny this year. Inscriptions on the reverse are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and ONE CENT, as well as the inscription 1809, the year President Lincoln was born. The coin’s reverse was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Richard Masters and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Jim Licaretz. (more…)

New Coins for the 200th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Birth

New 2009 Lincon Cent ReversesIn honor of the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth (1809), the United States Mint is producing two new pennies in 2009. The first is scheduled for release Thursday, February 12th on Lincoln’s birthday.

A present of two pennies may not sound like a great birthday gift, but it’s actually thoughtful.

“It is exciting,” said Tom Jensen, president of the Utah Numismatic Society. “The current penny they have was issued in 1909, for the 100-year birth anniversary of Abraham Lincoln.”

The profile of Lincoln has remained the same for 100 years. The reverse of the coin has changed only once — in 1959, the sesquicentennial of the president’s birth, an picture of the Lincoln Memorial replaced two wheat stalks.

“There will be two new pennies, highlighting the stages of Lincoln’s life, from his boyhood in Kentucky to his presidency in Washington, D.C.,” said Carla Coolman, public affairs spokeswoman for the U.S. Mint.

This year’s redesigns were directed by the U.S. Congress, in part to get more people interested in studying the life of the former president.

Each coin will be put in circulation about every four months, and a fifth, depicting Lincoln’s preservation of a united country, will be added in 2010. The fifth coin has not yet been designed. (more…)

2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar Available February 12

This year the Nation will celebrate the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. To commemorate the occasion, the United States Mint is releasing the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar on February 12, Lincoln’s 200th birthday, at 12:00 noon Eastern Time (ET). Public Law 109-285, the “Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Coin Act,” authorizes the United States Mint to pay qualifying surcharges collected from the sale of these commemorative coins to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to further its work.

Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver DollarMintage for the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar is set at 500,000 coins across all product options. Available options include proof and uncirculated versions of the coin, struck in 90 percent silver. A special set containing a proof silver dollar and proof versions of four 2009 Lincoln one-cent coins-each bearing a design representative of a different aspect of Lincoln’s life-is expected to be available in the spring. The special set will be limited to 50,000 units.

Pricing for the 2009 Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar is as follows:

Proof Silver Dollar: Introductory Price – $37.95 Regular Price – $41.95
Unc Silver Dollar: Introductory Price – $31.95 Regular Price – $33.95

The introductory sales period ends on March 16, 2009, at 5:00 pm ET, when regular prices will go into effect.

The designs of the Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar are emblematic of the life and legacy of President Abraham Lincoln. The obverse (heads side) features an image symbolic of Lincoln’s strength and resolve. The image was inspired by Daniel Chester French’s famous sculpture of the President that sits inside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The design-created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Justin Kunz and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart-includes the inscriptions LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 2009. (more…)

Final Coin in United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters® Program Available November 3

Hawaii Quarter Signals the End of the Most Successful Coin Program in U.S. History

Proof and Uncirculated Hawaii State QuarterWASHINGTON – The United States Mint closes the book on one of the most successful coin programs in U.S. history on November 3, 2008, when the final commemorative quarter-dollar coin in the 50 State Quarters® Program, honoring Hawaii, is released into circulation. At noon Eastern Time the same day, customers can begin ordering coin options featuring the Hawaii quarter-dollar that include a two-roll set priced at $32.95, and 100- and 1,000-coin bags priced at $32.95 and $309.95, respectively.

The reverse (tails) design of the Hawaii quarter, by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart, features Hawaiian monarch King Kamehameha I with his right hand extended toward the eight major Hawaiian Islands. Inscriptions include the State motto, “UA MAU KE EA O KA ‘?INA I KA PONO” (“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”), “Hawaii” and “1959.”

The coins contained in the bags and rolls were struck on the main production floors of the United States Mint at Denver and Philadelphia for use in general circulation. The two-roll set includes one roll each of 40 coins-bearing the “D” and “P” mint marks-wrapped in distinctive packaging displaying the 50 State Quarters logo, the mint of origin, the official state abbreviation and the dollar value of the contents. Each canvas bag has a tag denoting the mint of origin and the state abbreviation.

The Hawaii quarter will be launched in a ceremony at Bishop Square in downtown Honolulu at noon (Hawaii Standard Time) on November 10, 2008. (more…)

The Dollar – Spend the Notes, Save the Coin

Dollar CoinsThe Andrew Jackson dollar coin released in mid-August is the seventh coin of the long-term Presidential Dollar series from the U.S. Mint. It also represents the third type of “mini-dollar” produced by the Mint since the Susan B. Anthony dollar was introduced in 1979. While popular with collectors, these small dollar coins have yet to be widely accepted by the public in spite of several government-sponsored promotional efforts. Because of this there have been renewed calls to abolish the paper one dollar bill to make the dollar coin the dollar of choice; though of course there would not really be a choice once paper dollars were removed from circulation.

Dollar Bill CoinThose opposed to the idea of eliminating the dollar bill often argue the aspect of convenience. There will still be higher denomination bills to carry in the wallet, so what difference does it make if there are a few ones in the mix? Dollar coin proponents counter from a perspective of cost savings. It costs about two to three times more to mint a coin than it does to print a dollar, but a coin has an estimated life span of 15 years compared to 18 months for the paper. But those coins weigh a lot more and are not as convenient to carry, say the bill proponents, and so it goes.

Though it might seem that this coin/currency debate is a fairly recent one, it has been ongoing for over thirty years. As early as 1975, near the end of the Eisenhower dollar series, the Mint commissioned the Research Triangle Institute to study coin denominations and alternative coinage systems. In its 1976 report the Institute recommended either eliminating the dollar coin, or reducing its size to save millions on production costs. Also noted was the fact that the Eisenhower dollar was not popular with the public (other than as a keepsake), most likely because it was cumbersome to carry and use due to its large size. The Institute recommended that if kept as a denomination the dollar coin should be sized between the quarter and the half dollar. (more…)

United States Mint Unveils Modern Ultra-High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin

Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson announced that pursuant to Public Law: 31 U.S.C. § 5112(i)(4) the United States Mint will issue a one-ounce ultra-high relief 24-karat gold coin, creating a 2009 version of what many have called the most beautiful gold piece ever made: the Ultra High Relief Saint-Gaudens $20 Double Eagle.

2009 Ultra High Relief Gold

Aided by advancements in technology, the United States Mint now can produce, in quantity, the ultra high relief coin envisioned, but never fully realized, by renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens in 1907.

The mintage of the new coin will be unlimited for one year. Among the production specifications approved by Secretary Paulson are the new coin’s business-strike finish and a diameter of 27 millimeters, making the new collectible coin about 50 percent thicker than other United States Mint one-ounce gold coins.

Only 2009-dated coins will be minted. The coins will go on sale in early 2009, although sales may continue into 2010 if inventory exists.

United States Mint Director Ed Moy will participate in the Opening Ceremony of the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. ET

Visitors will be able to feel the ultra high relief on plasters of the coin that will be featured at the Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin exhibit at the United States Mint booth on the bourse floor at the World’s Fair of Money.

The Obverse: Saint-Gaudens’ Liberty, personified by a statuesque woman striding powerfully forward. Liberty is leading the way with a torch in her front hand and an olive branch in the back hand. The United States Capitol dome is also depicted in the background.

The Reverse & Edge Lettering: A young eagle flying during a sunrise is depicted on the reverse. The motto, “E PLURIBUS UNUM” is on the edge of the coin, allowing a cleaner design on the obverse and reverse.

US Mint releases James Madison Presidential $1 Coin Historical Signature Set

James Madison - United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Historical Signature SetA new collection of products featuring the 2007 Presidential $1 Coins honoring the Presidents of the United States is being introduced. The United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Historical Signature Set features the proof version of the Presidential $1 Coin and a Presidential intaglio print from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The product is presented in a textured, leather-like folder which opens to reveal the intaglio print and the official Presidential signature. A Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each United States Mint Historical Signature Set.

The United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Historical Signature Set – James Madison – is the fourth in this new collection. This product features a proof coin which is extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background. The frosted, sculpted foreground gives a special cameo effect. An image of President James Madison appears on the obverse of the coin and the reverse features a striking rendition of the Statue of Liberty. The Presidential $1 Coins also feature edge-incused inscriptions of the year, “E Pluribus Unum,” “In God We Trust,” and the mint mark. Each coin is mounted in a removable capsule.

Visible from the cover of the United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Historical Signature Set is the Presidential intaglio print of James Madison printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Opening the cover reveals the official James Madison Presidential signature, courtesy of the White House Historical Association. (more…)

United States Mint Unveils Design for First U.S. Coin with Readable Braille

Prototype of US Mint's First Readable Braille CoinWASHINGTON – United States Mint Director Ed Moy unveiled the design for the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar at the National Federation of the Blind’s annual convention in Dallas, Texas, during the March for Independence on July 2, 2008.

“The United States Mint is proud to present the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar coin design. It will be the first coin ever minted in the history of our country to contain readable Braille characters,” said Director Moy. “I am looking forward to presenting the design for this unprecedented coin, and I am pleased that the United States Mint is playing a role in the cause of bringing literacy to all blind and visually impaired Americans.”

A prototype was displayed at the convention for the attendees to examine and experience the Braille on the coin prior to being available for purchase.

The coin will go on sale in the spring of 2009, the bicentennial anniversary of Louis Braille’s birth.

In addition to commemorating the life and work of Louis Braille-the inventor of the Braille reading and writing system-surcharges from the sale of the coin are authorized to be paid to the National Federation of the Blind to help fund Braille literacy initiatives. Braille did not become the official method of reading and writing for the blind in the United States until the 20th century.

Previously, the Alabama commemorative quarter-dollar, one of the coins in the United States Mint’s popular 50 State Quarters® Program, used Braille in the image honoring Helen Keller. The 1995 and 1996 Paralympic Silver Dollars, minted to commemorate the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, also featured Braille. The Braille on those coins was too small to be read by the visually impaired.

Besides the readable Braille on the 2009 Louis Braille Bicentennial Silver Dollar, the coin has distinguishing features apparent to the visually impaired community, such as size, weight and reeded edges, as do all coins issued by the United States Mint.

Makeover for Sac $1

Sac Dollars Design ConsiderationsBy David Ganz for Numismaster

Weighing in on the new reverse design for the Sacagawea dollar mandated by Congress, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee viewed more than a dozen designs June 18 before selecting a female Indian planting maize (corn) in a field. The design is intended for use on the 2009 dollar coin, which is the first that will host a Native American theme.

Each year thereafter a different Native American design will appear.

The design on the obverse is not necessarily the old Sacagawea design. It is to be chosen by the Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Paulson, after consultation with the Commission of Fine Arts and review by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

There are two requirements: it must ” contain the so-called “Sacagawea design” and ” the inscription “Liberty.”

Despite recent difficulties with edge-lettering, the law requires that the inscription of the year of minting and issuance of the coin and the inscriptions “E Pluribus Unum” and “In God We Trust” are required to be edge-incused into the coin. The CCAC formally recommended the date movement, too.

There is a specific requirement that the edge-incusing of the inscriptions be done in a manner that preserves the distinctive edge of the coin so that the denomination of the coin is readily discernible, including by individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

There is an additional consultation requirement: designs selected for the reverse shall be chosen by the Treasury Secretary after consultation with the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Senate, the Congressional Native American Caucus of the House of Representatives, the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Congress of American Indians. They must further be reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

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