On July 14, 2016, the United States Mint began selling the 2016 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin. This beautiful coin commemorates the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.
This America the Beautiful coin contains 5 ounces of .999 silver. Originally priced by the Mint at $149.95, it carries a "P" mint Mark, which designates it as a numismatic variety. Bullion versions of the same coin went on sale prior to this release. Bullion versions carry no mint mark and do not have the special vapor blast coating that the numismatic coins have.
The mintage limit on this Harpers Ferry 5 ounce Uncirculated coin has been set at a limit of 30,000 pieces. If history is any guide, it will probably have a final mintage under 20,000. This compares to the average mintage that other coins in the series have been recently experiencing.
The design on the reverse side of this silver coin was created by Thomas Hipschen, and it was engraved by Phebe Hemphill. In the center of the image is a rendition of John Brown's fort, which is where Brown and the men fighting with him made their final stand as the Harpers Ferry Armory was being raided. On the left side is the inscription, "WEST VIRGINIA" and "E PLURIBUS UNUM" is inscribed on the right. The year "2016" inscribed at the bottom.
As with all America the Beautiful silver coins, the obverse side has a rendition of John Flanagan's 1932 portrait of the first President of the United States of America, George Washington.
First-day sales were brisk for this America the Beautiful 2016 Harpers Ferry National Historical Park 5 ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin at 18,015 units. This compares to 16,723 units sold for the last issue, which commemorated the Cumberland Gap.
This silver numismatic coin is the 33rd in the Americas the Beautiful series, which is scheduled to run through 2021 with a total of 56 coins.
On May 5, 2016, the United States Mint began sales for the 2016 Cumberland Gap National Historical Park 5 oz. Silver Uncirculated Coin. This is this 32nd silver coin in the America the Beautiful Uncirculated Series.
Originally available for $149.95, the Cumberland Gap 5 oz. Uncirculated silver coin is composed of .999 silver. It carries the "P" mint mark, which signifies that it was struck at the Philadelphia Mint. The bullion version of this coin has no mint mark.
The obverse design is the same for all coins in this series. It includes the 1932 portrait of George Washington, which was designed by John Flanagan. Also included on the obverse side of the coin are the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, QUARTER DOLLAR, and the “P” mint mark.
The design on the reverse side of the Cumberland Gap silver 5 ounce quarter was engraved by Joseph Menna and created by Barbara Fox. It is a depiction of a frontiersman who is looking West over the Cumberland Gap. He is carrying a rifle, and the words FIRST DOORWAY TO THE WEST are inscribed on his left. Around the bottom rim of the coin is the inscription CUMBERLAND GAP, KENTUCKY, E PLURIBUS UNUM and 2016 in the center bottom.
The Cumberland Gap National Historical Park is located at the border between Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. It was established on June 11, 1940.
On April 21, 2016, that United States Mint listed the 2016 Mercury Dime Centennial Gold Coin for sale. This gold coin pays tribute to the classic Mercury dime design that was created 100 years ago by Adolph A. Weinman.
This one hundredth anniversary numismatic coin is composed of 1/10 ounce of 99.99 percent gold. With a measurement of .650 inches in diameter and a thickness of .047 inches, this offering is slightly smaller than the original Mercury dime that was first minted by the government in 1916. The coin will be struck with a "business strike" that resembles the same type of strike seen on circulated, silver Mercury dimes. To accomplish this, the Mint used a 1/10 ounce gold planchet.
This gold dime was originally priced at $205. The Mint uses a grid system to price their gold offerings. The $205 figure was associated with the price of spot gold at a point of $1200 to $1249.99. Each coin will come in a custom wooden box with an accompanying certificate of authenticity.
On the obverse side, the word "Liberty" surrounds an image of Winged Liberty. Facing left, Lady liberty wears a winged cap that some say resemble those worn by the Roman God, Mercury--hence the name--"Mercury dime." "In God We Trust," a "W" mint mark and the date "2016" are inscribed at the bottom.
The reverse side of the coin has an image of an olive branch circling a Roman fasces. The words "United States of America" surround the image around the top and "One Dime" is inscripted around the bottom. E pluribus unum, AU 24K and 1/10 oz. are placed to the right of the image.
This gold Mercury dime is the first offering of Centennial Gold coins that marks the 100th anniversary of Mercury dimes, the Standing Liberty quarter and Walking Liberty half-dollar. The latter two will be offered later in 2016 at weights of 1/4 and 1/2 ounces, respectively.
On July 30, 2015, the United States Mint began selling the 2015 American Liberty Hi Relief Gold Coin. This numismatic coin is the first in the United States to have a denomination of 100 dollars.
The mintage for this we set at a maximum of 50,000. Household limits were set at 50 units, and the price was determined via a sliding gold scale.
The obverse image has a modern, contemporary depiction of Baby Liberty. Designed by Justin Kunz, Lady Liberty holds a torch in her right hand in an American flag in her left. The words," In God We Trust" circle the bottom rim of the claimant and" Liberty" is spelled out in larger font at the top. The date," 2015" has been placed on the left side of the image.
The reverse side has an image of an American eagle in flight, which was rendered by Paul ELA in. At the bottom of the coin isn't scripted," 1 oz .9999 Fine Gold" as well as" One Hundred Dollars." The top of the climb as the inscription," United States of America" and" e pluribus unum" is located at the left side of the image.
On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, the United States Mint began sales for the 2015 Harry S Truman Coin and Chronicles Set. This was the first set in a series of four pays special tribute to former United States Presents. These sets correspond with the Presidential Dollar Coins that are being released throughout the year 2015 for Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson.
In the past, the United States Mint has introduced Coin and Chronicles Sets for other historical and collectible coins and medals. This was seen in an 2005, 2006 and 2009 when John Marshall, Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln were honored, respectively. Also, in 2013 the Mint released a special set for Theodore Roosevelt, and in 2014, they did the same for Franklin D Roosevelt.
For the Harry S Truman Coin and Chronicles Set, a special reverse proof Presidential Dollar has been struck. Along with the reverse proof coin, a 1.598 inch silver Presidential Medal is included. Along with these items, a 1973 Harry S Truman eight cent postage stamp and information booklet that discusses the 33rd president is included in the set.
These sets include a red folder that securely holds the collectible items. A mintage limit of 17,000 units were sold at a price of $57.95.
Sales were brisk from the onset and this set quickly sold out in a matter of minutes. With a reverse proof coin of a United States President being offered for the very first time, demand for the set was very high.
As of this writing, 15,145 units of the 2013 Theodore Roosevelt Coin and Chronicles set have been sold, and 13,093 units of the Franklin D Roosevelt Set have sold. The Mint may have underestimated the demand for the reverse proof coins.
Collectors can now purchase the Harry S Truman kept Client and Chronicles Set on the secondary market.
On May 28, 2013, the United States Mint began sales for the 2013-W American Silver Eagle Uncirculated Coin. Since 2006, the Mint has offered this special silver eagle which is created using burnished blanks. The burnished Silver Eagle coin has been included in the 20th anniversary set and the 25th anniversary Silver Eagle set. However, it was not sold in 2010 or 2009.
This year, the debut price of $48.95 has been initiated as the cost for a burnished Silver Eagle coin. The Mint has no restrictions on household order limits or final mintage. Last year's 2012-W Silver Eagle uncirculated coin had an early sellout. This surprised many coin collectors, and it escalated the value of the 2012 version on secondary markets since the mintage was significantly reduced from previous years.
The 2012 coin was sold for $45.95. Spot Silver is currently trading around $23 and has seen a significant drop since 2012. Pricing can periodically change for products at the Mint with precious metal spot values fluctuation.
This coin comes in a blue presentation case with a Certificate of Authenticity.
The latest coin image in the Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coin series has just been released, and it's a beauty. Kudos to the Royal Mint for their designs in this series. The latest coin is the 2012 Canadian Pronghorn Antelope Silver Bullion Coin, which is number five of the six coin series.
Emily S. Damstra, the coin designer and Canadian artist depicted a beautiful rendering of the Pronghorn Antelope on this stunning coin. The 2013 Pronghorn Antelope Silver Coin is one ounce of .9999 fine silver.
The reverse side of the coin contains the image by Ms. Damstra. It also includes the inscriptions, “Canada” at the top, and “Fine Silver 1 oz Argent Pur” at the bottom. The obverse of the coin has an image of Queen Elizabeth II, as do all the other coins in the wildlife series.
The maximum mintage on this coin is 1 million. All coins in this series will have this mintage amount. Silver Coins in the Canadian Wildlife series have been extremely popular due to their striking designs, and pricing at just a few bucks over spot silver. Increasing premiums on the coins is expected, as the first two coins are now sold on the secondary coin market at higher levels than their initial selling price. The 2013 Pronghorn Antelope Silver Bullion Coin makes an excellent numismatic investment at silver bullion prices.
Sales for the 2012-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle coin began on August 2, 2012 at the United States Mint. The coin was initially priced at $45.95 per coin. This version of the Silver Eagle is minted on special"burnished" blanks, which gives this silver coin a silky look.
These collectible burnished Uncirculated Silver Eagle coins carry the "W" mint mark. The burnished version of the Silver Eagle was first introduced in 2006 as an individual coin, and also in the 20th anniversary Silver Eagle set. The uncirculated version was also offered in 2007, and 2008. Its production was then stopped in 2009 and 2010, but resumed again in 2011. The 2012-W coin will make this the fifth in the series. Sales for the 2011 coin are still ongoing. Mintages for 2006 through 2008 are listed below.
The mint is allowed to strike this coin only in the year that it is issued. It can however sell the coin in years later than the issue date. As of this writing, sales for the 2011-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle coin are slightly under 300,000 coins. An additional 100,000 coins were included in the 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Coin Set.
On April 19, 2012 the United States Mint began offering 2012 American Eagle Gold Proof Coins for sale. These beautiful proof coins have been sold by the Mint since 1986.
The 2012 Gold Proof Eagle coins will be available in the following weights, mintages, and denominations:
1 ounce Gold Eagle - 30,000 coins - $50
1/2 ounce Gold Eagle - 10,000 coins - $25
1/4 ounce Gold Eagle - 12,000 coins - $10
1/10 ounce Gold Eagle - 25,000 coins - $5
A 2012 American Eagle Gold Proof Four-Coin Set (PJ5) will also be available, which contains all four of the proof coins.
As of this writing, the 2011 four-coin set is still available at the mint, while the other four 2011 Gold Eagle Proof coins have sold out.
These coins are the coin collecting versions of the official United States Mint American Eagle Gold Bullion Coins.
Pricing of these coins is done according to the range in which they appear on the United States Mint Coin Pricing Guide, which can be found here.
The obverse image on the American Eagle Gold Coin features a striking rendition of Augustus Saint-Gaudens full-length figure of Lady liberty. She stands tall with flowing hair. Her right arm is outstretched holding a flaming torch. In her left hand is an olive branch.
The reverse design on this coin features a male eagle carrying an olive branch. Below the Eagle is a nest containing a female Eagle and her hatchlings.
The Gold Eagle Proof Coin bears the "W" mint mark.
The United States Mint began sales for the 2012 American Eagle 1 oz Silver Proof Coin (PS5), on April 12, 2012 at 12 noon Eastern time. Last year's 2011 mintage of 850,000 coins sold out within the year.
Created with .999 fine silver, the American Eagle Silver Proof Coin is the coin collecting version of the official US Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin. These collector Silver coins are struck with a sharp relief, and a mirrorlike background. The frosted foreground images on both sides creates an elegant cameo effect. The silver coins are packaged by the mint in blue velvet, satin lined presentation boxes, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Adolph a Weinman's classic Walking Liberty design is celebrated on the front of this Silver proof coin. The reverse side features a heraldic Eagle with shield.
The initial price on these coins is set at $59.95. Spot silver has been hovering around the $31.50 range recently. The price of Spot silver has risen significantly in the past few years. To keep stride with those increases, the US Mint has raised the prices of this collectors coin respectively each year.
2006 - $27.95
2007 - $29.95
2008 - $31.95
2009 - no Silver Proof Eagle Coins were produced
2010 - $45.95
2011 - $59.95 - this was increased to $68.45 at one point during 2011 when Spot silver was trading in the $40-$50 range. It was later reduced to an ending price of $58.95, when the price of Spot silver cooled off.
There are no household order limits for the 2012 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin.