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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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Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

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