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2008 Martin Van Buren First Spouse Gold

Martin Van Buren’s LibertyYesterday on November 25, 2008, the US Mint released the latest coin in the ongoing First Spouse Gold Coin Series. This release honors the presidency of Martin Van Buren.

Because Van Buren did not have a spouse while serving his term as President, the coin utilizes the design of one of the circulating coins from his era. Prior First Spouse Gold coins that have used this strategy have included the coins honoring Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson.

Martin Van Buren’s Liberty features the obverse design of the Liberty Seated Dime. This coin was produced between 1837-1891 and was designed by Christian Gobrecht. The reverse design features a rendition of young Martin Van Buren reading under a tree. This was designed by Thomas Cleveland and sculpted by Jim Licaretz.

Each coin contains one-half ounce of 24 karat gold. Total mintage will be limited to 40,000 coins. Proof coins are priced at $549.95 and uncirculated coins are priced at $524.95. There is a limit of ten coins per option per household.

2009 Lincoln Commemorative Designs

Today the US Mint unveiled the designs for the highly anticipated 2009 Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar. The release comes on the 145th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

On hand for the unveiling were historical documentary director Ken Burns, Lincoln Fellowship Vice President Ronald Hankey, ALBC Co-Chairman Harold Holzer, and US Mint Deputy Director Andrew Brunhart.

The obverse design features an image of Lincoln which displays his incredible strength and resolve. It was designed by Justin Kunz and sculpted by Don Everhart. The reverse features the final words of the Gettysburg Address.

The designs are presented here, large and in full:

Lincoln Commemorative Coin

US Mint to Unveil 2009 Lincoln Commemorative Design

The United States Mint is scheduled to unveil the design for the 2009 Lincoln Commemorative Coin this Wednesday. The unveiling will take place during Dedication Day Ceremony in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Notably this will also mark the anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Most people are aware of the special 2009 Lincoln Cent coins which will be released next year with four different designs representing the various stages of the President’s life. Many people may not be aware that a special commemorative silver dollar will also be issued.

The designs for the penny have already been released, but the design for the commemorative coin is still a mystery. Based on the authorizing legislation, the design will be emblematic of the life and legacy of President Lincoln. Coins will be issued in a quantity of up to 500,000 coins minted in 90% silver.

Personally, I am very excited about the upcoming commemorative program. I look forward to seeing the design later this week!

$10 Bonus Available from Coinstar

Coinstar has recently started a great promotion which runs now until December 7th.

Coin counting is absolutely FREE when you accept a gift card instead of money. Plus if you turn in at least $40 worth of change, you will receive a $10 holiday bonus. The gift cards are available for stores you probably shop at already like Starbucks and Amazon.com.

This is a great deal considering they usually charge 8.9% for returning change. Instead of getting $36.44 in cash, you get $50 worth of gift cards.

Here are the details on Coinstar’s website.

US Mint’s Last Chance Sale

To coincide with a move to a new fulfillment center and a vast product discontinuation, The United States Mint announced a special “Last Chance Sale” to clear its warehouse shelves. There will be some bargains available.

The sale will begin November 15, 2008 at 12:01 AM and conclude on December 19, 2008 at 5:00 PM.

Here is a listing of the products that will be available for sale:

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