The United States Mint has announced that the 2011 September 11 National Medal will be available for ordering by the public beginning at Noon (Eastern) on Monday, June 20, 2011. These strikes are each composed of one ounce of .999 fine silver and commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
Shown on the obverse of the proof quality medal is an image of Lady Liberty holding the Lamp of Remembrance to signify the loss of life and innocence that occurred on September 11, 2011. Behind Liberty are two beacons of light indicating the "resiliency and triumph of those who persevered" (according to the US Mint). Surrounding the image are the inscriptions of ALWAYS REMEMBER and 2001-2011. [click to continue…]
The United States Mint announced today a change in policy that is likely to please many collectors - the Mint plans to release its 2011 core annual products in January of that year.
Through the Mint's own acknowledgment, this is much earlier than many of the annual products have been available in at least the last ten years. The Mint's change will only affect the three main annual product offerings though - the 2011 United States Mint Uncirculated Set®; 2011 United States Mint Proof Set®; and 2011 United States Mint Silver Proof Set™.
For reference, the US Mint released the 2010 United States Mint Uncirculated Set only on July 15, 2010. This means a January appearance next year for the set would be an improvement of six months. [click to continue…]
The popularity of the United States' series of 50 State Quarters, issued from 1999 through 2008, probably inspired Japan to launched its most ambitious and most beautiful series of commemorative coins in 2008-commemorating the 47 Prefectures-and the series will run through 2016.
2010 Japanese Prefecture Silver Coin Series
But while the State Quarters were issued in un-circulated condition, made from copper-nickel and issued by the millions, the large Prefecture 40mm. coins are being minted in gem proof quality from 99.9% pure silver, limited to 100,000 of each-and they picture local scenery, flora and fauna, etc. in full color. [click to continue…]
On October 17th, 2008, SilverCoinsToday.com offered its first online article describing the addition of a silver coin melt calculator.
From that simple announcement one year ago, Silver Coins Today has grown to become CoinNews Media Group's fourth largest website, attracting more than 21,000 unique visitors a month.
While the various country coin melt calculators are always prominently listed on the home page, what attracts collectors to the site are timely articles featuring some of the most unique silver coins from worldwide mints, like the recent Richard the Lionheart coin from Austria or the 60th anniversary coins from China. [click to continue…]
With interest already gaining momentum for the new series of quarter dollars scheduled to begin next year, CoinNews Media Group LLC is pleased to be able to offer a resource that all will find illuminating, the AmericaBeautifulQuarters.com Web site.
From the most seasoned numismatist to the newest entrant to the hobby, America the Beautiful Quarter is a one-stop informational site teeming with all of the designs, release dates, specifications and news relating to the America the Beautiful Quarters Program from the United States Mint.
The quarter-dollars launch in 2010 and run for 11 years encompassing a total of 56 newly designed quarters. Five times a year a new coin will be issued to feature a different national park or national site -- one from each state, territory and the District of Columbia. [click to continue…]
Henry VIII has found his way into popular culture – as a 1933 motion picture ("The Private Life of Henry VIII") starring Charles Laughton, the number one record by Herman's Hermits in 1965 ("I'm Henry VIII, I Am"), and recently as a popular series on cable television-about Henry VIII's reign that they describe as "hallmarked by political and religious upheaval, violence and corruption."
The British mint issued Henry VIII coins during his 38-year reign, and now the Royal Mint has struck coins for Great Britain commemorating the 500th anniversary of his accession to the throne at the age of 17.
The design on the proof gold and brilliant uncirculated copper-nickel coins shows Henry VIII standing before a frieze of roses in the "antique" style favored in the carvings and tapestries of the period. On the edge is a Latin inscription, Rosa Sine Spina (Rose Without a Thorn), which was also used on Henry VIII's own coinage. Additional details include the initials HR (Henry Rex) which represents his personal monogram and a rope border surrounding the coin's design which symbolizes the Royal Navy. [click to continue…]
Continuing the tradition of providing Web sites with quality up-to-date information in an easy to understand layout, CoinNews Media Group LLC is happy to announce the introduction of our newest family member, LincolnCoinChroniclesSet.com.
As the name describes, the site is devoted to the new Lincoln Coin and Chronicles Set due to be released from the United States Mint on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at Noon (Eastern Time). The coin world has been abuzz with excitement over this release not only because of the pieces it contains, but also the extremely limited mintage. [click to continue…]
A new series of coins from China picture some of the memorable characters featured in the 100 chapters of one of the great classical novels of Chinese literature, "Outlaws of the Marsh."
China 2009 Outlaws of the Marsh Gold and Silver Coins - click on image to enlarge
The Chinese saga "Outlaws of the Marsh" is must reading for Chinese high school students, and was even carried by Chairman Mao during the Long March (retreat of the Red Army from the Nationalists in 1934) as a constant reminder of the proud traditions of the Chinese people. It tells the stories of 108 outlaws who became heroes during the Song Dynasty in the years leading up to the establishment of the Southern Song regime in 1127.
Set in mountain fortresses, tea houses, inns, private houses, courtrooms and on journeys by road and water, their tales involve stratagems, seductions, betrayals, warnings, and a wealth of other incidents. After defeating the imperial armies, the outlaws are eventually granted amnesty by the emperor, who then recruits the outlaws to form an imperial military contingent. The heroes eliminate foreign invaders of the Liao Dynasty and quell the uprisings by rebel forces around the nation. [click to continue…]