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United States Mint Lowers Prices for Several 2012 Numismatic Products

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WASHINGTON – The United States Mint is pleased to announce that it is reducing or maintaining 2011 prices for some of its most popular products to be offered in 2012.  The bureau was able to set these lower prices and maintain others by refining the product costing process, taking advantage of current lower prices for precious metals and negotiating better pricing from its suppliers.

“We hope these prices will allow us to attract more Americans to coin collecting, while increasing collecting opportunities for our current customer base,” said United States Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson.

Products with reduced prices in 2012 include the following:
United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® – reduced from $31.95 to $27.95
America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin SetTM – reduced from $14.95 to $9.95
America the Beautiful Quarters Uncirculated Coin SetTM – reduced from $21.95 to $12.95
America the Beautiful Quarters® 100-Coin Bag – reduced from $49.95 to $34.95
American Eagle Proof Silver Dollar – reduced from $68.45 to $61.95*
Presidential and Native American $1 Coin Rolls – reduced from $39.95 to $32.95
United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof SetTM – reduced from $19.95 to $18.95
Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated SetTM – reduced from $19.95 to $16.95
United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin & First Spouse Medal SetTM – reduced from $14.95 to $9.95

In addition, 2012 prices will be the same for the United States Mint Proof Set®, priced at $31.95, and the United States Mint Silver Proof Set®, priced at $67.95.*

* Pricing for products containing silver, gold and platinum are subject to change throughout the year based on market volatility.

Image/Text: U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

Silver Facts

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I wonder if this Silver Fact is a little dated.  The influence of digital photography must have changed the use of this precious mental in photography!

Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 20, 2012 at 7:20 am

2012 United States Mint America the Beautiful | Quarters Proof Set

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This set of five exquisitely crafted proof quality quarters is a must-have for coin collectors! Enhance your collection and celebrate the beauty of El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico, Acadia National Park in Maine, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii and Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Collectors and nature enthusiasts alike will marvel at the creative and intricate designs that showcase the uniqueness and beauty of each national site. Storing or displaying this set is easy since all coins are encased in a clear plastic lens. Add this collectible keepsake to your collection and order today!.

Image/Text: U.S.Mint

BLACKED OUT

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The Coinologist is joining Wikipedia, Craigslist, Reddit, and many others in a blackout to oppose  SOPA and PIPA.  Of course you won’t be able to follow the links today because of the blackout.  These two bills in Congress are meant to stop the illegal copying and sharing of movies and music on the Internet, but major Internet companies say the bills would put them in the impossible position of policing the online world. Check out this short list of companies /people who are for or against this:

Supporters of PIPA and SOPA: RIAA, MPAA, News Corp, TimeWarner, Walmart, Nike, Tiffany, Chanel, Rolex, Sony, Juicy Couture, Ralph Lauren, VISA, Mastercard, Comcast, ABC, Dow Chemical, Monster Cable, Teamsters, Rupert Murdoch, Lamar Smith (R-TX), John Conyers (D-MI)

Opponents of PIPA and SOPA: Google, Yahoo, Wikipedia, craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, eBay, AOL, Mozilla, Reddit, Tumblr, Etsy, Zynga, EFF, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Darrell Issa (R-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ron Paul (R-TX)

Image: CNN Money/Wikipedia

Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 18, 2012 at 12:01 am

Safe Find | Antique Cast Iron Safe

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Going through my drafts I found this safe which I never posted about.  Its ad is long gone, but it said it is a cast iron safe and I just can’t make out the print on the door, poor photo quality!  With all that aside it is a seriously heavy-duty safe from the late 19th century.  I can make out that is was manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Shocker!   Having been focusing on higher quality antique safes these days, I just can’t shove aside these not so well taken care of metal beasts that have so much character.  Check out other Coinologist Safe posts here.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 17, 2012 at 8:17 am

The 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Silver Commemorative Design

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Year:  2012

Public Law:  111-232

Silver Obverse
Designer:  Joel Iskowitz
Engraver:  Phebe Hemphill
Description:  Depicts Lady Liberty waving the 15-star, 15-stripe Star-Spangled Banner flag with Fort McHenry in the background. Inscriptions are LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and 1812 – 2012.

Silver Reverse
Designer:  William C. Burgard III
Engraver:  Don Everhart
Description:  Depicts a waving modern American flag.  Inscriptions are ONE DOLLARE PLURIBUS UNUM and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

Image/Text:U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 16, 2012 at 11:11 am

The 2012 Star-Spangled Banner Gold Commemorative Design

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Year:  2012

Public Law:  111-232

Gold Obverse
Designer:  Donna Weaver
Engraver:  Joseph Menna
Description:  Depicts a naval battle scene from the War of 1812, with an American sailing ship in the foreground and a damaged and fleeing British ship in the background. Inscriptions are IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY and 1812 – 2012.

Gold Reverse
Designer:  Richard Masters
Engraver:  Joseph Menna
Description:  Depicts the first words of the Star-Spangled Banner anthem, O say can you see, in Francis Scott Key’s handwriting against a backdrop of 15 stars and 15 stripes, representing the Star-Spangled Banner flag.  Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA & E PLURIBUS UNUM and FIVE DOLLARS.

Image/Text: U.S.Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

January 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

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