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2012 ATB Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Bags and Rolls P.D.S.

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The beauty of Kilauea is captured on this magnificent coin. The United States Mint is proud to offer the
2012 Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park quarter. Available in 100-coin bags, 40-coin rolls and two-roll sets,
this sizzling coin is available today. Order now!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 31, 2012 at 8:31 am

Aussie Wildlife in Colour on Perth Mint Tributes

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The Perth Mint has captured the endearing qualities of Australia’s much loved kangaroo, koala and kookaburra in its latest 2012 Australian Outback silver coin collection.

Displaying the identical artistry as shown on Australia’s 2012 popular bullion series, the stunning designs depict the nation’s instantly recognisable wildlife in their natural habitats.

Brought to life using vibrant colour, each 1/2oz 99.9% pure silver release is part of a treasure trio which is superbly presented in a prestigious three-coin collection.

The reverse of the kangaroo coin portrays a coloured image of a kangaroo standing against a bush scene.  The koala coin’s reverse depicts a coloured image of the cuddly creature sleeping on the branch of a eucalyptus tree.  Similarly the kookaburra coin’s reverse portrays a coloured image of the iconic bird perched on a tree branch surrounded by gum leaves.

The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN along with the name of the featured fauna. The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the 2012 year-date are also included on each coin’s reverse.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 30, 2012 at 8:30 am

August 29, 2012 | 150th Anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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August 29, 2012, marks the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP).  Since 1862, the BEP has been entrusted with the mission of manufacturing the nation’s currency.  We have established a remarkable legacy of pride, craftsmanship, and innovation over the past 150 years, making this organization the premier leader in banknote production.
The BEP has achieved significant milestones in currency design and production most recently with the integration of color and cutting-edge security technology.  Today, the BEP develops and produces currency notes, trusted and used worldwide.  There is more than 1 trillion notes in circulation, two-thirds of which is overseas.
On behalf of all BEP employees – past and present – I invite you to join us in commemorating this historic occasion.  Please check our website frequently for events and activities at the Washington, DC and Fort Worth, Texas locations, as we offer you the opportunity to explore the history and accomplishments of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Thank you for sharing in and celebrating the BEP’s decades of distinction.
Larry R. Felix
Director, Bureau of Engraving and Printing

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 29, 2012 at 8:29 am

Perth Mint Marks 40 Years of Australia-China Relations

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As Australia’s specialist precious metals mint, The Perth Mint is proud to release a commemorative coin celebrating the 40thanniversary of friendship between the Commonwealth of Australia and the People’s Republic of China.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in specimen quality, the coin’s reverse portrays the animal emblem of each nation, the Kangaroo and Giant Panda, headed by the Australian and Chinese flags in colour.

The design also features the inscription CHINA AND AUSTRALIA 40 YEARS, in English and Chinese, the dates 1972 – 2012, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

Since formal diplomatic relations were established on 21 December 1972, interaction between both countries has resulted in improved cultural ties, cooperation and economic growth.

Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie, said that China is one of the largest emerging coin markets in the world and is a natural progression for our collector coin business.

“There is no doubt that the blossoming affiliation between both countries has resulted in The Perth Mint becoming a major supplier of coins to China, and we’re delighted to mark this milestone with a fitting patriotic tribute”.

“With a Perth Mint representative based in Shanghai, and firm recognition of our Australian Lunar series already established amongst Chinese collectors, we’re optimistic of our ability to evolve within this key market over the next 40 years”, he continued.

Issued as Australian legal tender, the obverse of the coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.

With a limited mintage of only 5,000 and priced at an affordable $99.00, the coin is anticipated to be very popular among collectors.

The 40 Years of Friendship coin is available from The Perth Mint at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, on toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia),+61 8 9421 7218 (International) or at   Purchasers can also check availability of the coin at their local coin dealer or Australia Post outlet.

Check out other cool Perth Mint coins on The|Coinologist here.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

2012 Benjamin Harrison Presidential $1 Coins

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In honor of the contributions of our country’s Presidents, the United States Mint is proud to offer the 2012 Benjamin Harrison Presidential $1 Coin. A striking display and a tribute to Harrison, this coin is the 23rd in the Presidential $1 Coin Program. Pay homage to our past Presidents with this striking coin. Offered in 100-coin bags and 25-coin rolls as well as 250- and 500-coin bags, it is available today! Get more information, including how to order.

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

Katrin Eismann | ‘Untitled’

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Artist’s statement: The power and integrity of the United States is based on the founding ideals of liberty, equality, democracy, opportunity and rights. As our national discourse becomes more stringent and polemic, it distorts and erodes our international influence, respect and power. By photographing coins in the waters of Lake Huron, Eismann suggests that the founding principles of the United States are at risk of being warped to the point where we will no longer recognize them.

Artist’s bio: Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, teacher and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists and educators. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photographic illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her Master of Fine Arts degree in design at the School of Visual Arts. Eismann is the author of “Photoshop Restoration & Retouching” and “Photoshop Masking & Compositing” and co-author of “The Creative Digital Darkroom” and “Real World Digital Photography.” She is a featured columnist in Photoshop User magazine and is a popular speaker at the PMA, ASMP, PPA, PhotoPlusExpo and Photoshop User conferences. In 2005, she was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, and her images have been featured in numerous books, magazines and group exhibits. Eismann is the founder and chair of the Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

See the original article on CNN here.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

New Philadelphia Mint Tour

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August 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

2012 ATB Acadia 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin

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Boasting a beautiful coastline and the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Maine’s Acadia National Park is one of the country’s many treasured national sites. To honor this magnificent site, the United States Mint is proud to offer the 2012 America the Beautiful Five-Ounce Silver Uncirculated CoinTM — Acadia National Park. Order Today!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 23, 2012 at 8:23 am

U.S. Mint | Coin of the Month

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1986 Statue of Liberty Half Dollar

Cheerio, my friends! For this month’s coin, we’ll be dipping into the past, but not the very distant past.  The year 1876 was the 100th anniversary of the year our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence.  As a monument to that event and to the partnership between France and the United States in the Revolutionary War, a French sculptor created a colossal statue he called “Liberty Enlightening the World.”

Ten years after the 1876 centennial, New York’s harbor became the home to the statue we commonly know today as the Statue of Liberty.

Fast forward another 100 years, and you come to 1986, the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.  Three coins were created to honor Lady Liberty at that time.  We’re looking at the half dollar coin.  There was also a dollar and a gold five-dollar coin.

Some important August events are associated with the Statue.

  • August 2, 1834:  The statue’s sculptor and designer, Auguste Bartholdi, was born in France.
  • August 1876:  The arm and torch of the statue arrived for display at a Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, celebrating the 100th anniversary of American independence.
  • August 5, 1884:  The cornerstone was laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York for the pedestal on which the statue stands.
  • August 1885:  The full amount of funds was finally raised so the pedestal could be finished.  The disassembled statue had arrived by boat in June of that year.
  • August 2004:  The pedestal was reopened to the public, closed since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the nearby World Trade Center.

The Statue was built in Paris in 1884, then taken apart for its ocean voyage.  In 1886, Bartholdi was in New York to oversee the Statue’s assembly on its new pedestal.

Both of the designs on this coin refer to immigrants arriving by boat to make a new home in America.  Bartholdi had hand-picked Bedloe’s Island because immigrants would see the statue as they sailed past it to enter the country.  The island’s name was later changed to “Liberty Island,” its name today.

And so we have a coin that honors a symbol of freedom known throughout the world.

—Inspector Collector

Check out the original article here.

Check out all the Coin of the Month posts here.

Images and copy by the U.S. Mint

Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

ANA Board of Governors Supports Updates to Hobby Protection Act

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ANA Board of Governors Supports Updates to Hobby Protection Act

Members encouraged to call their congressional representatives

The American Numismatic Association Board of Governors voted unanimously to issue a resolution of support for a bill that will extend and strengthen provisions of the Hobby Protection Act, during an Aug. 10 meeting during the World’s Fair of MoneySM in Philadelphia.

The House of Representatives bill, HR-5977, will enable citizens to take legal action against and recover damages from those who sell counterfeit coins. It expands targets of litigation to include “any person” who provides substantial assistance or support to any manufacturer, importer, or seller “knowingly engaging in any act or practice that violates the Act.” It also adds trademark violation provisions to criminalize the counterfeiting of certification service packaging and capsules.

Barry Stuppler, chairman of the Gold and Silver Political Action Committee, spoke at the meeting and encouraged members to call their congressional representatives or speak to them personally, as many are holding meetings in their home districts during the August congressional break.

To learn more, go to Click on “What’s New?” to read a copy of the bill and find out how to contact your congressman.

Image/Copy: American Numismatic Association

Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

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