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U.S. Mint Announces First Colorized Coin in Basketball Commemorative

Published: 07/29/2020
U.S. Mint Announces First Colorized Coin in Basketball Commemorative

2019 was the year of first-evers from the United States Mint. However, 2020 has seen some decent releases in the same vein although not as frequent. One of them has not yet been made available, but plans and dates are confirmed. What are we talking about? The Mint’s first-ever colorized coin.

To fit the narrative of their already released Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Series coins, they have decided to release two colorized coins to honor the 60th Anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on August 28th. Those coins, a curved colorized silver dollar and curved colorized clad half dollar, will feature the same designs as the previously released commemorative coins but will provide color in some of...read more

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Confederate Paper Money Series Part X: Paper Money of the Southern States (Pt. 1)

Published: 07/27/2020
Confederate Paper Money Series Part X: Paper Money of the Southern States (Pt. 1)

The secession of the southern states in the early 1860s led to the formation of the Confederacy. After South Carolina seceded on December 20, 1860, seven states followed although it was thought that there would be double that initially. Secession was a delegate decision state by state and after the election and fall of Fort Sumter in April of 1861, some states decided against it. However, once the Confederate States were established, currency circulated heavily throughout the South during the American Civil War. But as we have come to learn throughout this blog series, that currency still was not enough in the South. This led to the enactment of individual states issuing their own...read more

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The History of The Charlotte Mint

Published: 07/22/2020
The History of The Charlotte Mint

Gold, gold, and more gold. That is what it has been like lately at The Coin Vault. In large part to a single collection we happened upon a few months ago, we have had a number of certified gold options available in the vintage form. From Philadelphia to Denver to San Francisco and Carson City, we have had it all. Even more recently, we have added Charlotte gold to the mix and it quite possibly is the largest collection of Charlotte gold pieces that we have ever had at one time.

But why are we making a big stink about Charlotte? It was the site of one of the lesser-known branches of the United States Mint and was only established to produce gold coins during the California Gold Rush. The number of coins produced was extremely small compared to other branch Mints at the time which makes them rare...read more

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2020 Native American $1 Coins Now Available To Banks In Alaska

Published: 07/20/2020
2020 Native American $1 Coins Now Available To Banks In Alaska

It seems as if the state of Alaska will finally see circulation-quality 2020 Native American $1 Coins circulating via banks and financial institutions. Back in May, we mentioned that the initial request of 5 million from the United States Mint for circulation from the state was highly unlikely, but that banks would instead need to participate in the distribution of the coins by placing orders and receiving them at face value. That is exactly what is now happening.

According to Coin World, Alaska is now allowed to order the $1 coins for circulation directly from the Mint at face value under a designated program created by the Mint themselves. The program stipulated that Alaska banks and financial institutions will be provided the coins at face value with the responsibility of shipping costs also landing on...read more

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Explore the 2020 American Innovation Dollar Designs

Published: 07/15/2020
Explore the 2020 American Innovation Dollar Designs

It has been a while since we have seen a release from the American Innovation $1 Coin Program that was officially introduced by the United States Mint in 2018. The multi-year series kicked off with the first four designs of the series in 2019 featuring Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia. While the unknowns of the Mint’s production schedule for the better part of 2020 have been present, they have started to announce and release more products as the production facilities have been able to get back to business full-time.

On June 30th, 2020, the Mint officially announced four more designs to be released in 2020. Appearing on the reverse of the coin with the obverse featuring the same design of the Statue of Liberty throughout the series, the coins will be honoring innovations...read more

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100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 2003-W First Flight Centennial $10 Commemorative

Published: 07/13/2020
100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 2003-W First Flight Centennial $10 Commemorative

Ever since the revamp of the commemorative coin program from the United States Mint took place in 1982, every year sees a new series. Modern commemoratives are a mixed bag in the coin world, especially since they are not always so well-received compared to their vintage counterparts. The bottom line is that either you are a fan of commemoratives or they are not really your thing. Either way, the Mint has come a long way since the 1980s when it comes to these niche coins. A prime example is the anticipation that led up to the series in 2003.

With legislation approved six years before its release, we will take you through a commemorative coin series that was uncharacteristic of the program from the Mint. One of the releases from that program makes the top 100 Greatest United States...read more

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