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United States Mint Announces NEW 13th Chief Engraver

Published: 02/27/2019
United States Mint Announces NEW 13th Chief Engraver

Earlier in the month, the coin hobby was surprised yet pleased when the announcement of a new Chief Engraver of the United States Mint had been appointed. Named to the prestigious position by Mint Director David J. Ryder, Sculptor-Engraver Joe Menna received the title and officially filled the vacant position as the 13th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.

Joe Menna - 13th Chief Engraver

With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Arts, a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the New York Academy of Art, and the addition of post-graduate studies at Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, Menna has...read more

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The Significance of the New 2019 Native American Design

Published: 02/25/2019
The Significance of the New 2019 Native American Design

One of the most talked about topics in the numismatic hobby this year has been the release of the Apollo 11 commemorative coins and the impact it had on American history. With the space race set in motion by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, 1969 saw the unfolding of events that allowed for a man to finally set foot on the Moon as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin literally and figuratively left their mark on celestial pursuits.

In continuation of the 50th Anniversary celebration is the release and design of the new 2019 Native American $1 coin. Although not directly related to the Apollo 11 mission itself, the reverse celebrates American Indians in the Space Program and highlights the impact...read more

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Beauty Is In the Eye Of the Beholder: The Appeal Of Toned Coins

Published: 02/20/2019
Beauty Is In the Eye Of the Beholder: The Appeal Of Toned Coins

Blues, purples, greens, pinks, etc. The colors of the rainbow. While some might think about unicorns and candy, those little marshmallows in that one brand of “lucky” cereal, or perhaps the second piece (let's be realistic) of confetti cake you had a birthday party last week, true coin collectors and numismatists might think of the most beautiful coin they have ever seen. Whether you are a coin collector or not, toned coins can catch the eye of anyone who enjoys anything remotely attractive.

But how much does one, other than the pure eye appeal, know about the process of toning and why it occurs? Can it really affect the value? We are here to help you wade through...read more

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Art or Scandal? The Story Behind the Morgan Dollar Design

Published: 02/18/2019
Art or Scandal? The Story Behind the Morgan Dollar Design

Designs in the numismatic business can strike from anywhere and inspirations can take form in the most surprising of ways. The creative process of a coin designer can be a combination of past and present with the added flare of the artist as they specify what, who, and where they got their idea within the designs or sketches themselves.

For George T. Morgan, his design process for the most popular of silver dollars was straight forward as his intent remained simple: he wanted to capture American female beauty. What was and is thought of as creatively executed and one of the most beautiful designs on a coin to date, some found to be provocative at the time...read more

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The Coin Vault presents: The Roundtable

Published: 02/12/2019
The Coin Vault presents: The Roundtable

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” - Brad Henry

In our 31st year (soon to be 32nd) on television, we at The Coin Vault have had the best of times offering you all the coins and numismatic inventory we could get out hands on. Nothing makes us happier than spending every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday night with you, our valued and trusted Coin Vault family. And when we say family, we mean it because that is what we are here: a family. Literally and figuratively.

Our small parent company, SilverTowne, was started and founded in rural Indiana...read more

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