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2016 First Spouse Proof and Uncirculated Gold Coins – Nancy Reagan

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2016 First Spouse Proof and Uncirculated Gold Coins — Nancy Reagan

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Nancy Reagan will be the last person featured on a coin in the 10th and final year of the First Spouse Gold Coin Series.

Born in New York City on July 6, 1921, Nancy Davis studied theater at Smith College in Massachusetts. A successful screen test in 1949 led to a seven-year contract at a major Hollywood studio, and she appeared in 11 films.

Nancy met Ronald Reagan in 1951, and they married the following year. During his time as Governor of California, she embraced several charitable causes. Later, as First Lady, she supported the Foster Grandparent Program and the fight against drug and alcohol abuse among youth. After she left the White House, the former First Lady continued to support her anti-drug campaign until her recent passing. Always a staunch supporter of her husband, she also devoted much of her time to preserving his legacy. The 2016 First Spouse Gold Coins – Nancy Reagan. Order yours today!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

July 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

Posted in Coins, U.S. History

Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

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The 2016 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – Cumberland Gap National Historical Park represents a contemporary design using the latest in modern digital and manufacturing technology. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Barbara Fox’s reverse (tails) features a frontiersman gazing across the mountains to the West. Many pioneers used Cumberland Gap on their journey into the western frontiers of Kentucky and Tennessee.

Each coin contains five troy ounces of .999 fine silver. This large, lustrous coin will make a welcome addition to your collection. Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a black presentation case, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Order yours today!

 

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

May 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm

Celebrating Women’s History Month

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm

Posted in U.S. History, U.S. Mint

2015 First Spouse Gold Coins – Jacqueline Kennedy

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Born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, Jacqueline Kennedy grew up near Washington, D.C., and was educated in private schools and studied ballet. Mrs. Kennedy brought a strong interest in the arts to the White House. Fluent in several languages, she charmed world leaders at the White House and on trips abroad. Co-founder of the White House Historical Association, she gave a televised tour following its renovation. The reverse (tails) depict the species of saucer magnolia Mrs. Kennedy chose to be planted in a White House garden and near the eternal flame at her husband’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery. The petals stretch across the globe, its tips connecting the points of some of her most notable diplomatic visits.

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Celebrate With These Special Collectibles

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It’s hard to imagine that President John F. Kennedy would have turned 98 years old this month. Born May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Mass., highlights of his brief time in office included the launch of Freedom 7, the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and establishment of the Peace Corps. He also appointed United States Mint Director Eva Adams, who served in the office until 1969.

Celebrate his birthday this year with special keepsakes like the 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half Dollar Silver Coin Collection! Released last year, it includes four Kennedy half dollars struck in 90 percent silver with four different finishes – one from each of the United States Mint facilities in West Point, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver. Perfect for any collector or a great gift for someone special!

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Modern U.S. Uncirculated Mint Set Coin Values | James Bucki

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This guide will give you an idea of how much your uncirculated mint set issued by the U.S. Mint, made from 1947 through today, is worth.  The table below provides average coin values based upon current market conditions.  This guide assumes that all sets are in original U.S. Mint packaging, boxes and all original documents and/or Certificates of Authenticity (COA) are included. The sets  should be free from damage and the coins must have never been circulated.

Introduction to Coin Values

There are many factors that go into determining the value of your coins. First of all you must understand how the coin market works. If the coin dealer runs out of 1961 mint sets, he cannot just call the mint and order more of them because the mint does not make coins dated 1961 anymore. The coin dealer must replenish his supply by buying mint sets from other dealers or people who walked into his store. What he pays you for that coin set is known as the “wholesale price” or “value.” If you want to buy that 1961 mint set from the coin dealer, that is known as the “retail price” or “price.”

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Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties

The following mint sets in any condition, are worth considerable more than common mint sets.  As such, these coins and original U.S. Mint packaging may frequently altered from common ones.  Therefore, before you start celebrating your early retirement with your new found fortune, have the coins authenticated by a reputable coin dealer or third party grading service.

Modern U.S. Mint Set Coin Values

The following table lists the value (what you can expect a dealer to pay you) for your mint sets. The first column lists the date and type followed by some information about the set and the average value that a coin dealer will pay to you. These are approximate values and the actual offer that you will receive from a particular dealer will vary depending on the actual grade of the coins and a number of other factors.

Date and Type Orig Issue Price Total Face Value Total Coins Total Sets Sold Avg. Value
1947 Double set * $4.87 $4.46 28 12,600 $940.00
1948 Double set * $4.92 $4.46 28 17,000 $530.00
1949 Double set * $5.45 $4.96 28 20,739 $680.00
1950 No Sets Issued
1951 Double set * $6.75 $5.46 30 8,654 $670.00
1952 Double set * $6.14 $5.46 30 11,499 $580.00
1953 Double set * $6.14 $5.46 30 15,538 $410.00
1954 Double set * $6.19 $5.46 30 25,599 $170.00
1955 Double set * $3.57 $2.86 22 49,656 $120.00
1956 Double set * $3.34 $2.64 18 45,475 $110.00
1957 Double set * $4.40 $3.64 20 32,324 $190.00
1958 Double set * $4.43 $3.64 20 50,314 $100.00
1959 Single set $2.40 $1.82 10 187,000 $47.00
1960 $2.40 $1.82 10 260,485 $39.00
1961 $2.40 $1.82 10 223,704 $44.00
1962 $2.40 $1.82 10 385,285 $37.00
1963 $2.40 $1.82 10 606,612 $32.00
1964 $2.40 $1.82 10 1,008,108 $39.00
1965 Special Mint Set $4.00 $0.91 5 2,360,000 $7.80
1966 Special Mint Set $4.00 $0.91 5 2,261,583 $6.50
1967 Special Mint Set $4.00 $0.91 5 1,863,344 $7.80
1968 $2.50 $1.33 10 2,105,128 $5.50
1969 $2.50 $1.33 10 1,817,392 $5.80
1970 $2.50 $1.33 10 2,038,134 $7.50
1970 Sm. Date Cent * $2.50 $1.33 10 ^ $53.00
1971 $3.50 $1.83 11 2,193,396 $2.40
1972 $3.50 $1.83 11 2,750,000 $2.20
1973 $6.00 $3.83 13 1,767,691 $6.30
1974 $6.00 $3.83 13 1,975,981 $5.20
1975 $6.00 $3.82 12 1,921,488 $3.82
Date and Type Orig Issue Price Total Face Value Total Coins Total Sets Sold Avg. Value
1976-S 3-piece 40% silver $9.00 $1.75 3 4,908,319 $17.00
1976 $6.00 $3.82 12 1,892,513 $3.82
1977 $7.00 $3.82 12 2,006,869 $5.30
1978 $7.00 $3.82 12 2,162,609 $3.82
1979 $8.00 $3.82 12 2,526,000 $3.82
1980 $9.00 $4.82 13 2,815,066 $4.82
1981 $11.00 $4.82 13 2,908,145 $6.50
1982 No Sets Issued #
1983 No Sets Issued #
1982-P Souvenir Coin Set # $4.00 $0.91 5 $24.00
1982-D Souvenir Coin Set # $4.00 $1.91 6 $19.00
1983-P Souvenir Coin Set # $4.00 $2.91 7 $26.00
1983-D Souvenir Coin Set # $4.00 $3.91 8 $23.00
1984 $7.00 $1.82 10 1,832,857 $2.30
1985 $7.00 $1.82 10 1,710,571 $2.50
1986 $7.00 $1.82 10 1,153,536 $5.90
1987 $7.00 $1.82 10 2,890,758 $3.50
1988 $7.00 $1.82 10 1,447,100 $3.90
1989 $7.00 $1.82 10 1,987,915 $2.20
1990 $7.00 $1.82 10 1,809,184 $2.70
1991 $7.00 $1.82 10 1,352,101 $3.30
1992 $7.00 $1.82 10 1,500,098 $2.50
1993 $8.00 $1.82 10 1,297,094 $4.60
1994 $8.00 $1.82 10 1,234,813 $3.00
1995 $8.00 $1.82 10 1,013,559 $4.00
1995 Deluxe $12.00 $1.82 10 24,166 $4.00
1996 $8.00 $1.92 11 1,450,440 $9.00
1997 $8.00 $1.82 10 940,047 $5.10
1998 $8.00 $1.82 10 1,188,487 $2.80
1999 $14.95 $5.82 20 1,421,625 $5.82
Date and Type Orig Issue Price Total Face Value Total Coins Total Sets Sold Avg. Value
2000 $14.95 $5.82 20 1,490,160 $5.82
2001 $14.95 $5.82 20 1,113,623 $7.40
2002 $14.95 $5.82 20 1,139,388 $7.70
2003 $14.95 $5.82 20 1,001,532 $6.30
2004 $16.95 $5.92 22 842,507 $9.80
2005 $16.95 $5.92 22 1,141,895 $6.30
2006 $16.95 $5.82 20 915,586 $8.50
2007 $22.95 $13.82 28 895,628 $13.82
2007 President Dollar – P $8.95 $4.00 4 20,440 $9.80
2007 President Dollar – D $8.95 $4.00 4 13,994 $10.00
2007 President Dollar – P & D $15.95 $8.00 8 87,423 $16.00
2007 Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set $31.95 $6.00 6 90,171 $28.00
2008 $22.95 $13.82 28 745,464 $47.00
2008 President Dollar – P & D $15.95 $8.00 8 76,272 $25.00
2008 Uncirculated Dollar Coin Set $31.95 $6.00 6 68,956 $25.00
2009 $27.95 $13.98 36 784,614 $16.00
2009 President Dollar – P & D $15.95 $8.00 8 105,059 $11.00
2010 $31.95 $13.82 28 583,912 $21.00
2010 Uncirculated Quarters $21.95 $2.50 10 24,525 $12.00
2010 President Dollar – P & D $18.95 $8.00 8 $8.40
2011 $31.95 $13.82 28
2011 Uncirculated Quarters $9.95 $2.50 10
2012 $27.95 $13.82 28
2012 Uncirculated Quarters $12.95 $2.50 10

* = See the section above “Key Dates, Rarities and Varieties” for more information on these coins.
^ = Number of “Sets Sold” are included with the number above.
– = These sets are still being sold by the U.S. Mint and/or data is not available.
# = Uncirculated Mint Sets were not sold in 1982 and 1983 by mail. However, visitors to the mint facilities in Philadelphia and Denver during those years could buy a set of coins from that particular mint.

These values have been compiled through my personal analysis of the coin market, referencing publications such as Numismatic News, Coin World, “The Official Blue Book; Handbook of U.S. Coins,” The Coin Dealer Newsletter, published auction results and consulting with various coin dealers.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

June 10, 2014 at 2:37 pm

2013 America the Beautiful Quarters® Bags and Rolls | Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

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In memory of those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812 — and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Britain, Canada and the U.S. — the United States Mint is proud to offer the 2013 America the Beautiful Quarter® featuring Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. The second quarter of 2013 and the 17th overall in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, this coin is available today!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

May 3, 2013 at 5:03 am

American Numismatic Association’s 121st Anniversary Convention

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First director of U.S. Mint featured on medal
for American Numismatic Association’s
121st Anniversary Convention

First director of the United States Mint David Rittenhouse is honored on the official medal for the American Numismatic Association’s 121st Anniversary Convention, Aug. 7-11, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia.

Designed by Jamie Franki, an art professor and former master designer in the U.S. Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program, the piece celebrates Rittenhouse’s contributions to science and American coinage history. Largely self-educated, Rittenhouse is known for his skills in astronomy and surveying and for constructing a variety of instruments to help him in his work.

“Philadelphia has a rich heritage, not only as the cradle of the American Revolution, but also as the foundation of our nation’s coinage,” Franki said. “I endeavored to tie aspects of these two ideas together in a unique way.”

The obverse features a portrait of Rittenhouse while the reverse is reminiscent of the rare 1792 half disme, one of the first issues of the newly established Mint (interestingly, with the Mint not yet operational, the 1792 half disme was actually struck in the basement of a saw-makers shop). Rittenhouse personally delivered specimens of the new coinage to Thomas Jefferson, and many were given to dignitaries as examples of minting excellence and American ideals.

The stars, gears and markings along the obverse rim are derived from Rittenhouse’s orrery machines, devices he painstakingly constructed to create accurate maps of the solar system. Curved along the edge is a facsimile of the inventor’s signature.

The reverse carries a single star, as does the reverse of the half disme.

“Since Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love, I placed an olive branch in the eagle’s beak as a sign of peace; 13 olives on the branch represent the original colonies,” Franki said. “The typeface I used is called ‘Benjamin Franklin’ after the great Philadelphian who coincidentally created legends for the half disme and subsequently for the Fugio cent.”

Franki is thrilled to have had the opportunity to design the official convention medal for the upcoming World’s Fair of MoneySM.

“It is my hope that bringing together our Mint’s first director and one of his first coins on a commemorative ANA medal serves as a reminder of Philadelphia’s importance as a center of numismatics, culture and patriotism,” Franki said.

Franki will conduct a Money Talks presentation titled “David Rittenhouse and the 1792 Half Disme” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 in Room 104B. Franki’s Money Talk will be followed by a meet-and-greet at 2 p.m. in the ANA Area, where he will be signing the holders for the medal.

Only 100 bronze, 70mm, serially numbered medals will be struck, along with 150 two-medal sets (38mm, bronze and silver), and 125 38mm badges with ribbon drape. Bronze medals are $60, two-medal sets are $100 and badges are $25. Add $6.95 per shipment for postage and handling. To order, phone 800-367-9723, ext. 112.

Check out the the photos of this medal, it is a true work of art!

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

August 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

Historic Photo| Philadelphia Mint 1970’s

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OBLIQUE VIEW, NORTH (FRONT) ELEVATION, LOOKING EAST – U.S. Mint, Sixteenth & Garden Streets, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA

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Written by Robert L. Wilson

July 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

Independence Day!

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The Coinologist wishes every American a Fantastic Fourth of July.

Written by Robert L. Wilson

July 4, 2012 at 7:04 am

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