Entries from January 2010 ↓

2010 US Mint Bullion Coins

The US Mint has provided the initial date that they will accept orders for 2010-dated bullion coins to their authorized purchasers. These bulk buyers are able to buy Gold and Silver Eagle bullion coins directly from the United States Mint for resale to the public. Orders will be accepted starting on January 19, 2010.

This represents a delay from the tradition start of orders. In the past, the US Mint has accepted orders in late December for delivery in early January. This has allowed coins bearing the new year’s date to reach the market within the first few days of January. The FUN convention held in Florida this week has often been the first venue where collectors purchase the 2010 Silver Eagles and 2010 Gold Eagles.

Will the delayed launch have any impact on sales or demand for the bullion coins? During 2009, the American Silver Eagle reached another record year of sales with more than 28 million sold. The American Gold Eagle sold about 1.3 million, not a record but among the top five years.

Collectors will also be waiting for information on the collectible version of the 2010 Gold and Silver Eagles. Last year, the proof and uncirculated (burnished) versions of the coins were canceled– something that had not happened before during the prior twenty four years of the series.

2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar

The second commemorative coin program of 2010 will be issued for American Veterans who became disabled for life. Their enormous personal sacrifices made for their country will be honored with a silver dollar commemorative coin.

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The 2010 American Veterans Disabled for Life Silver Dollar has an obverse design which features the legs and boots of three veterans. One is noticeably on crutches. An inscription above reads “They Stood Up for Us”. The reverse of the coin features a wreath of oak leaves and branches with a forget me not flower at the base. The central inscription reads “Take this moment to honor our disabled defenders of freedom.”

The 90% silver dollar coins will be issued in a maximum quantity of 350,000. A surcharge added to the cost of the coins will be for the construction of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington DC. The coins are expected to go on sale at the US Min in February 2010.

2010 Boy Scouts Centennial Silver Dollar

This year the United States Mint will have two different commemorative coin programs. One of them will celebrate the centennial of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. A silver dollar will be issued with a maximum mintage of 350,000 coins.

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The 2010 Boy Scouts Centennial Silver Dollar features an obverse design of three scouts saluting. This includes one cub scout, one boy scout, and one female venturer. The inclusion of the female has frankly caused confusion for many people at first glance since the topic of the coin is the Boy Scouts. The female is part of the venturing program, which allows both males and females to join. The reverse of the coin features the universal logo of the Boy Scouts of America.

The coins will be minted in proof and uncirculated with a composition of 90% silver and 10% copper. The maximum mintage is 350,000 coins. The expected release date is March 2010.