Entries from July 2009 ↓

Julia Tyler First Spouse Coin

The US Mint will soon offer the First Spouse Gold Coin honoring Julia Tyler, the second wife of President John Tyler. These coins will go on sale at the US Mint on August 6, 2009.

The coins are produced in both uncirculated and proof versions, both struck at the West Point Mint. Each Julia Tyler First Spouse Gold Coin has a composition of 24 karat gold and contains one-half ounce of gold. The high gold content is responsible for the heafty price tag, expected to be around $629 for the proof and $616 for the uncirculated coin. (The US Mint deteremines actual prices based on the range of the price of gold for the prior week.)

Julia Tyler First Spouse Coin

The obverse of the coin features a portrait designed by Joel Iskowitz. The reverse features Julia Tyler dancing with her husband during a White House event, also designed by Joel Iskowitz. The obverse and reverse sculptor was Don Everhart.

The First Spouse Gold Coins have been relatively slow sellers, but the US Mint has an ordering limit of ten per version per household, which will be effective for the start of sales.

American Samoa Quarter Release Date

The latest quarter in the District of Columbia and US Territories Quarters Program was released on July 27, 2009. This was the quarter featuring American Samoa.

The reverse design of the coin features important items for traditional Samoan events. The ava bowl is used to make a special drink for island chiefs and guests. The whisk and staff symbolize the rank of Samoan orator who delivers speeches during important gatherings. The background of the coin displays a coastline with a coconut tree.

American Samoa Quarter

The reverse design of the American Samoa Quarter was designed by Stephen Clark and sculpted by Charles Vickers.

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2009 Silver Proof Set

On July 17, 2009, the United States Mint released the 2009 Silver Proof Set. An annual proof set containing 90% silver coins has been produced since 1992. Back then the set had only five coins, but this year’s set contains a whopping 18 coins. The sets are priced at $52.95 each.


The sets have expanded due to the larger number of quarters issued for 2009, as well as the four different designs issued for the 2009 Lincoln Cent. This is the largest sized proof set issued by the US Mint since the era of modern proof coinage began.

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2009 Formative Years Lincoln Cent Mintage

2009 Lincoln CentThe US Mint is now done producing the second redesigned 2009 Lincoln Cent. This allows a determination of the final mintage for the Formative Years or “Rail Splitter” Penny.

The second design was released into circulation on May 14, 2009. The launch ceremony was held in Lincoln City, Indiana on the same day. The reverse image features a young Abraham Lincoln taking a break from rail splitting to read a book.

The Philadelphia Mint produced 376 million and the Denver Mint produced 363.6 million of the Rail Splitter Penny for a combined mintage of 739.6 million coins. This tops the mintage for the Birthplace or “Log Cabin” Penny design which had come in at 634.8 million coins.

The Lincoln Penny mintage has been closely watched since the levels are so much lower than the recent prior years. By comparison, in 2008 there were more than 5 billion pennies minted.