Entries from April 2008 ↓

2007 Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coins

2007-P $5 Gold JamestownJamestown was the first permanent English settlement in north America.  To commemorate its 400th Anniversary in 2007, the US Mint issued commemorative coins.

The program included a $5 Gold Jamestown Commemorative.  This coin features Captain John Smith greeting a Native American on the obverse.  The reverse shows the Jamestown Memorial Church, the only remaining original structure of the colony.

The $1 Silver Jamestown Commemorative features Three Faces of Diversity, representing the three cultures that came together at Jamestown. The reverse features the three ships that brought settlers to the colony.

D.C. & U.S. Territories Quarters

State QuartersDid you know that next year the US Mint will issue six quarters honoring the District of Columbia and the five United States territories?

It’s true! For 2009 the following will all be honored on their very own quarter:

These coins will follow the completion of the very popular 50 State Quarters program.

The same image used on the 50 State Quarter program will be used for the obverse of the coins. The reverse of the coins will feature images emblematic of the places represented. The design process has already begun in the various locations. The Secretary of the Treasury will select the final designs.

Coins will be issued in equal sequential internals throughout the year.

CoinStar Explores a New Form of Recycling

Lincoln CentToday CoinStar has launched a new website Change For Our Earth, which explores a new form of recycling. They are talking about recycling your old change by collecting it from around your home and cashing it in. They estimate $10 billion worth of coins sitting around US households, which can be put back into circulation.

How does this help the Earth? Simple, producing new coins uses uses resources related to mining, refining, production, and shipping of the coins. By reusing old coins, the need to continue producing new coins is reduced.

Based on their calculator, recycling a one gallon jug of coins yields the following environmental savings:

  • 2,590 liters of water consumption
  • 51.1 kwh of energy consumption
  • 3,998 lbs of geological waste

The average US home is estimated to have $90 in change sitting idle. What are you waiting for? Start the hunt and help the environment!

First Spouse Gold Coins

Martha Washington First Spouse Gold CoinFirst Spouse Gold Coins are being issued by the US Mint to honor the First Ladies of the United States of America. The series will run in conjunction with the Presidential Dollar series so that as coins are issued to honor the presidents, corresponding coins are released to honor their spouses.

The coins are minted in 24 karat gold and contain 1/2 ounce of .9999 fine gold. The obverse of each coin features a portrait of the spouse. The reverse features a unique design which is meant to be representative of the spouse’s work and life. All coins are engraved with “The United States of America,” “E Pluribus Unum,” “$10,” “1/2 oz.” and “.9999 Fine Gold.”

If any president held office and did not have a spouse, the gold coin will bear the Liberty image as used on coins circulating during the era of service. So far, the Thomas Jefferson coin has used such an image.

Coins are expected to be issued at a rate of four per year. The First Spouse Gold Coin Release Schedule is currently slated to run until at least 2016.