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2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Designs Recommended by CCAC

Published: 03/23/2020
2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Designs Recommended by CCAC

Last year marked the official beginning of the multi-year American Innovation $1 Coin program. Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia were the first four designs released with Proof, Reverse Proof, and Uncirculated Denver and Philadelphia minted versions. 2018 saw the release of the introductory coin for collectors.

Even though 2020’s designs (Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Connecticut) have yet to be released and are scheduled for late in the year, submitted reverse designs for the 2021 releases have been reviewed and three of the four have been recommended by the CCAC, or the Citizens Coinage Advisory...read more

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U.S. Mint Set To Release 4-Coin Proof American Gold Eagles

Published: 03/18/2020
U.S. Mint Set To Release 4-Coin Proof American Gold Eagles

We have mentioned a few times in other blogs, but tomorrow is finally the day when the 4-coin Proof Gold American Eagle set is released.

Much like every year, the annual set is struck in 22-karat gold in four different sizes: one-ounce, half-ounce, quarter-ounce, and tenth-ounce. Minted at West Point, the Proof coins will feature the classic Lady Liberty design that collectors are used to seeing since its inception in 1986. Packaged in a burgundy velvet presentation case that is lined with satin, the four-coin set will also be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. In addition to the four-coin proof set, the coins will also be available for individual purchase in their own Original ...read more

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Confederate Paper Money Series Part VI: Bogus Notes (Part 1)

Published: 03/16/2020
Confederate Paper Money Series Part VI: Bogus Notes (Part 1)

In the last edition of this blog series, we touched on the numerous counterfeit and altered notes that riddled the Confederate Paper money scene circulating during the American Civil War. From engraving quality to the paper used, it was determined that some fake notes out there were easier to detect than others. We also talked about the fact that even though notes were determined counterfeit, like the well-known Havana counterfeit, it did not and has not deterred collectors from wanting them.

In that same vein, we are now switching over to bogus notes and their appeal. What is a bogus note? It is defined as a fantasy note of types that were never actually issued by the authorities that are mentioned on the notes themselves. The most well-known...read more

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Designs Brought Forth For Bush $1 and $10 Coins

Published: 03/11/2020
Designs Brought Forth For Bush $1 and $10 Coins

We have been following the proposal for the late President George H.W. Bush and late first lady Barbara Bush to be placed on a Presidential $1 Coin and a $10 Gold Coin. The last update we gave featured the passing of legislation in mid-December of 2019. There have now been designs brought forth to the Commission of Fine Arts for review.

On February 20th, a 2020 Presidential dollar and First Spouse gold $10 coin honoring the late couple have been recommended by the CFA to use the following designs above for the coins. The portraits honoring them are favored by the Bush family themselves.

The obverse of the Bush $1 coin depicts the portrait of the late President...read more

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Upcoming on the United States Mint Production Schedule

Published: 03/09/2020
Upcoming on the United States Mint Production Schedule

We are almost a quarter of the way through the year 2020 already and a lot has been going on at the studio. From coin show purchases to reviewing new products from our vendors, it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Not to mention, the United States Mint keeps on releasing brand new products in the midst of all of it!

If you can remember back in January, we previewed some of their upcoming releases from their 2020 production schedule. We are back with another preview for the Spring and it seems as if collectors and numismatists are going to be quite happy with what is to come.

We left the tail-end of the last preview talking about the release of the American...read more

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100 Greatest Modern U.S. Coins Series: 1999-W $5 American Gold Eagle, From Unpolished Proof Dies

Published: 03/04/2020
100 Greatest Modern U.S. Coins Series: 1999-W $5 American Gold Eagle, From Unpolished Proof Dies

1999 was the year that sent the world into a panic. Technology and programmers were put to the ultimate test as the decade would come to a close and no one knew how it would affect computer systems and software, including the United States government. Concerns boiled over the fact that most systems required only a two-digit date and the recorded date of a “00” was unknown as to if the computer would see it as the year 1900 rather than 2000. This caused an apocalyptic lens throughout the world, especially when it came to the financial institutions that relied so heavily on computer systems.

These views had financial advisors recommending hard assets rather than online ones. Simply put, Y2K was a major factor in the considerable increase in gold bullion ...read more

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