Entries from October 2010 ↓

America the Beautiful Mintages Updated

America the Beautiful QuartersA strange thing happened last month, the mintages for previously released America the Beautiful Quarters have increased. For the previous State Quarters Program, the US Mint would complete production of one design and then move onto the next. For the present series, the Mint reserves the right to go back to previous designs and strike more coins.

As a result, the previously lowest mintage coin of the program so far, the Hot Springs Quarter, has been bumped up by 10 million. This makes the Yellowstone Quarter now the lowest mintage, unless the US Mint decides to strike some more of those, too.

The updated America the Beautiful Quarters mintages appear below.

Denver Philadelphia Total
Hot Springs 34,000,000 35,600,000 69,600,000
Yellowstone 34,800,000 33,600,000 68,400,000
Yosemite 34,800,000 35,200,000 70,000,000
Grand Canyon 35,400,000 34,800,000 70,200,000

2010 Proof Silver Eagle Announced

Collectors will be getting both 2010 Proof Gold Eagles and the 2010 Proof Silver Eagle!

Proof Silver Eagle

After keeping collectors in suspense for much of the year, the popular collector version of the American Gold Eagle was announced earlier this week. The Proof Silver Eagle has not been available since the 2008 release, with the 2009-dated coin canceled and never to be produced.

Some details of the upcoming 2010 Proof American Silver Eagle were provided, but important aspects remain unknown. The US Mint will start accepting orders on November 19, 2010. Order fulfillment will begin on December 1, 2010. Price will be set at $45.95 per coin. Household ordering limit will be 100 units.

An important question – the mintage – remains unknown. Whereas the proof Gold Eagles were announced with product and coin maximum mintages, no such details were provided for the Proof Silver Eagle. Will another surge in silver demand result in a low mintage? Or will the pent up demand create a record mintage?

2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coin Designs

The US Mint has revealed the designs for the upcoming 2011 Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins. This will be one of two programs for next year, the other one featuring the United States Army.

The Medal of Honor is America’s highest award for valor in action against an enemy force. It was first authorized in 1861, making next year the 150th anniversary. Coins will include $5 face value gold coins and $1 face value silver coins.

Medal of Honor Gold Coin

The design for the Medal of Honor $5 Gold Coin will feature an image of the original medal with the dual dates 1861 and 2011. The reverse will feature a full figure rendition of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and war. She carries American symbols of the union shield and union flag, with cannons and munitions circa the Civil War era behind.

The obverse was designed and sculpted by Joseph Menna. The reverse was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Michael Gaudioso.

Medal of Honor Silver Dollar

The Medal of Honor Silver Dollar will highlight the modern versions of the medals for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. They all appear together to represent the joint mature of modern era warfare. The reverse features an infantry soldier carrying a wounded comrade to safety under enemy fire. This represents the bravery and selfless sacrifice of recipients of the award.

The obverse was designed and sculpted by Jim Licaretz, while the reverse was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill.