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100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 2015-P Truman and Eisenhower Presidential Dollars, Reverse Proof

Published: 08/06/2020
100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins Series: 2015-P Truman and Eisenhower Presidential Dollars, Reverse Proof

Presidential $1 coins began their journey in 2007 with the release of four coins starting with our first President of the United States, George Washington. Following in sequential order, they would continue to release four coins per year until 2016 when the series came to an end following strict guidelines that living past Presidents should not appear on coins. However, introducing something new and different to the fold in an attempt to garner more interest from collectors, the United States Mint started making Coin & Chronicles Sets honoring the Presidents that served this great nation.

However, the sets lacked luster and sales were modest at best. That all changed in 2015 when the Mint switched up their objective and perhaps ended up doing themselves a disservice in the end. Going back five years, we will take a deeper look into two...read more

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100 Greatest Women On Coins Series: Betsy Ross

Published: 08/03/2020
100 Greatest Women On Coins Series: Betsy Ross

The American flag is the greatest symbol of our nation and all its glory. A symbol of freedom and democracy to friends and foe in times of war and in times of peace, nothing captures the essence of the United States of America quite like the stars and stripes. All of that incredible history has been attributed to a young seamstress that became a patriotic icon in the 19th century.

With author Ron Guth, we will continue exploring Whitman Publishing’s 100 Greatest Women on Coins publication that recognizes women from all cultural, economic, and social backgrounds throughout history with a young American icon who has been given credit for the design of the American flag. Landing in the top ten, this young lady has been credited with the design but also questioned as historians and doubters believe the story...read more

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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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