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Inside the United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program

Published: 09/26/2019
Inside the United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program

Do you ever wonder how and where the United States Mint comes up with all their designs every year? Yes, you have to assume they have a team of artists and engravers that tackle this amazing task, but did you know they call upon artists across the country to do so? Let us explore further.

In previous blogs, we have covered coin and medal releases from the Mint that have made mention of the Artistic Infusion Program, or the AIP. Established in 2003, the Mint contracts professional, talented artists from across the United States. These artists come from a number of diverse backgrounds and are interested in a plethora of different...read more

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U.S. Mint Finalizes HOF Basketball Commemorative Design For 2020

Published: 09/23/2019
U.S. Mint Finalizes HOF Basketball Commemorative Design For 2020

Football season just started, but do you mind if we talk basketball? We know, we know; basketball season only means the beginning of the winter months and none of us are ready for that already.

But if you have followed along with The Roundtable Blog or even have kept yourself up-to-date with the latest news from the United States Mint, you would know that a public design competition took place earlier this year for a new commemorative to be released in 2020 that celebrates the 60th Anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Designs were submitted, narrowed down, and as of earlier this month, finalized by...read more

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100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 2008-W $1 American Silver Eagle, Reverse of 2007

Published: 09/20/2019
100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 2008-W $1 American Silver Eagle, Reverse of 2007

“Affordability. Credibility. Beauty.” Those are the United States Mint’s words describing one of the world’s most popular silver bullion options. Born in 1986 and currently still being produced today, the American Eagle Silver Bullion coins have certainly made their mark on the numismatic business as they are comprised of 99.9% silver and are backed by the United States Government in weight and purity. In addition to the government’s guarantee, they are $1 legal tender and are one of the only silver coins allowed in an IRA, or individual retirement account.

With its continued popularity, there are a number of special finishes and firsts that have occurred over the years when it comes to certain years and anniversaries, but none...read more

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First Philadelphia & Denver Minted $1 American Innovation Coins To Be Released - Delaware

Published: 09/18/2019
First Philadelphia & Denver Minted $1 American Innovation Coins To Be Released - Delaware

It is finally here. Fall is quickly approaching which means the first of the Innovation $1 coins are approaching too. In fact, the first one has a release date by the United States Mint so mark your calendars, everyone! September 19th begins the multi-year series that will honor innovation and innovators with $1 coins from each State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Northern Mariana Islands.

First up: Delaware. It will be the first of four coins released this year as it features Annie Jump Cannon who is recognized as Delaware-born astronomer who invented a system...read more

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Confederate States Paper Money Series Part I: A Nation Divided Leads To War

Published: 09/12/2019
Confederate States Paper Money Series Part I: A Nation Divided Leads To War

American history falls dark during a number of time periods. A lot of these traumatic time periods link itself to war and depression and the integral parts that lead up to such dreadful human suffering. One of the most incomprehensible of those events took place on United States soil between a very divided American people: the American Civil War.

To this day, the Civil War was responsible for the highest American casualty total of any conflict with over 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers falling at the hands of each other. Dating back to the late 1850s, the North and the South’s growing conflict in regards to slavery had Southern leadership in discussions to separate themselves from the country...read more

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Honoring The Fallen On Patriot Day

Published: 09/09/2019
Honoring The Fallen On Patriot Day

“Never forget.” Those words have now become bookmarks in our brains for one fateful day in September. A lot of Americans remember where they were, what they were doing, and who they were with 18 years ago on September 11, 2001.

To honor the fallen victims and all those who put their lives on the line following the 9/11 attacks on our country, President Barack Obama officially recognized September 11th as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance in 2016. The following is the official presidential proclamation:

Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives men, women, and children who...read more

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