The United States Mint is in full Buchanan mode with two coins related to the former President of the United States either out or due to come out.
First, the James Buchanan $1 Coin Rolls were released by the US Mint recently on Thursday, August 19th, 2010. Buyers have their choice of a roll of 25 coins struck to circulation quality at either the US Mint's facility in Denver or a roll of 25 coins struck to circulation quality at the US Mint's facility in Philadelphia. Either choice is available for the price of $35.95, plus the Mint's standard handling charge of $4.95 per order.
Featured on the obverse (heads side) of the Buchanan $1 Coin is a portrait of the former President. It was designed by United States Mint Sculptor / Engraver Phebe Hemphill. The reverse (tails side) of the strike contains the standard design found on the reverse of all of the Presidential $1 coins - the Statue of Liberty. It was the work of United States Mint Sculptor / Engraver Don Everhart. Continue reading →
The US Mint officially made the 2010 Yosemite National Park Quarter available last week during a ceremony held on the grounds of the park on July 29, 2010 making it the third release of the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program.
The official ceremony introducing the Yosemite Quarter to the public occurred three days after the coins were released into circulation by the Mint on July 26th. On that same day, the Mint also started offering bags and rolls of the strikes for purchase via its website.
Struck to circulation quality, the coins in the bags and rolls offer buyers the chance to get their hands on some of the strikes which have proven to be problematic to obtain through local channels. With the economic conditions currently being experienced in the United States, local banks are not ordering as many new coins from the Federal Reserve which in turn is not ordering as many from the Mint meaning fewer of these strikes are reaching circulation.
The US Mint has announced the official release dates for two of its most popular annual sets - the 2010 United States Mint Uncirculated Set® and the 2010 United States Mint Proof Set®, both of which will occur in the next few weeks.
Anticipation is usually high among collectors for these sets and they always prove in demand. Of interest, the Proof Set is appearing slightly later than last year's version which debuted on June 1, 2009. The 2010 Uncirculated Mint Set, however, will find its way into collectors hands much earlier than last year. The 2009 Set appeared only on October 1, 2009.
Making these sets even more unique is the fact that a majority of the coins included in them represent new designs that have never been featured before in one of the annual sets. New strikes include the four Presidential Dollars, the 2010 Lincoln Cent and the five debut strikes of the America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program.
2010 United States Mint Uncirculated Set
The US Mint will be releasing the 2010 United States Mint Uncirculated Set on July 15, 2010 at Noon (Eastern Time) for a listed price of $31.95.
Taking much longer than most had anticipated, the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Proof Silver Dollar sold out late last week from the US Mint.
The coins originally launched on March 23, 2010 along with an uncirculated version counterpart. Total mintage of both was set at 350,000 by the Boy Scouts of America Centennial Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 110-363) which was signed by President George W. Bush on October 8, 2008.
It should be noted that technically the US Mint has not declared the coins a sell-out, as of yet. What it has done is placed any additional orders for the proof coins on a waiting list. The Mint will use the list on a first-come first-served basis if additional coins become available. This means that all of the coins in the authorized mintage have been sold, but if some of those orders are cancelled or returned, then those on the list have a shot at their orders being fulfilled.
Those interested in obtaining one of the 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollars had better hurry if they would like to do so directly from the US Mint and not from any of the secondary sources. That is because the most recent sales figures from the Mint show the Boy Scout Coins quickly approaching a sell-out status.
According to those figures, 312,653 of the commemorative strikes have been spoken for. This leaves only 37,347 coins remaining before the maximum mintage of only 350,000 is reached. Once that number is attained, the Mint will be forced to remove the coins from availability.
When the Mint takes that step, interested buyers will have no other option but to turn to the secondary market to obtain them. And, of course, that same sell-out status should immediately push the price of the coins on the secondary market higher. Thus, the best deal for anyone to get their hands on one of these coins is probably now, directly from the Mint. Continue reading →
Each of these Presidents will be seen on two different coins in the set, one struck at the Mint's facility in Denver and one struck at the Mint's facility in Philadelphia. This means a total of eight coins will be included. Continue reading →
The 2010 Boy Scouts of America Centennial Silver Dollars are selling like hotcakes according to the most recent sales figures released from the United States Mint.
In just their first six days of availability, a whopping 214,673 of the Scout strikes have been sold. Of that amount, 144,732 were ordered in proof condition and 69,941 in uncirculated condition which makes the ratio almost 2-to-1 for those favoring the proof variety.
The coins launched with a lot of excitement from collectors last Tuesday, March 23, 2010. In fact, the frenzy to get them temporarily created technical issues on the Mint's website and their phone ordering system. After the first few hours, things settled down and orders were able to be placed normally. Continue reading →
The United States Mint formally unveiled the final designs for the upcoming 2010 America the Beautiful Quarters Program strikes last week in a short ceremony held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
At the ceremony, Mint Director Ed Moy was joined by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, U.S. Representative Mike Castle, U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, writer and producer Dayton Duncan and Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Harris Sherman.
All on the dais were given a few moments to speak with Mint Director Moy leading the group. Continue reading →
The United States Mint announced today that the 2010 Abigail Fillmore First Spouse Gold Coins will be released for sale on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at Noon (Eastern Time). These coins are the first in the series to be released this year and are struck from one half ounce of 99.99% pure gold.
Collectors and investors have shown a nice demand for this series of coins. As almost pure gold, collectors view them as a part of their investment portfolios with the knowledge that their content and purity are backed by the US government. Collectors see the coins as nice numismatic additions that offer an extremely low mintage and the bragging rights of owning a gold coin.
Proof and uncirculated versions of the coin will be available upon launch. Past spouse coin sales show a strong preference among buyers for the proof quality but both typically see numbers well into the multiple thousands. Continue reading →
The US Mint continues to realize a decent demand for the recently released American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollars which are available in both proof and uncirculated versions.
Debuting on February 25, 2010, the coins immediately surpassed many expectations by selling a very respectable 98,358 in only three days. 66,209 of those were proof and 32,149 were uncirculated, showing that collectors are preferring to purchase the slightly higher priced coin by over a 2 to 1 ratio.
Sales remained at a steady level over the next week with an additional 24,784 of the proof purchased and 8,692 of the uncirculated. This brings the total sold so farto 90,993 proof and 40,841 uncirculated, or a total of 131,834. Continue reading →
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