The Royal Mint releases coins into circulation to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

The Royal Mint has confirmed that a 50p coin celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will be released into circulation via Post Offices across the UK from Monday 7 February.

The special 50p coin features a commemorative Platinum Jubilee design on the ‘tails’ side of the coin and will be circulated following the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne in 1952.

The collaboration with UK Post Offices ensures that members of the public will get the chance to receive the special 50p coin in their change at branches nationwide from 7 February onwards.

The Royal Mint has already started to strike the coins at their highly secure site in South Wales, with a pressure of around 60 tonnes striking up to 850 coins a minute.

It is the first time that a Royal event has been celebrated on a 50p, Britain’s most collectable coin, and the unique design has been personally approved by The Queen.

Designed by artists Osborne Ross, the coin features the number 70 with the Royal Cypher and the dates of Her Majesty’s reign framed inside the zero. On the opposite side is the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen, by Jody Clark, which appears on all circulating UK coin.

The Royal Mint’s Director of UK Currency Mark Loveridge said: “Coins tell the story of our nation and we are delighted to be working with the Post Office to mark this special Royal occasion. By issuing the Platinum Jubilee coin into circulation it ensures that this significant moment in history can be cherished for generations to come.

“This special 50 pence features an elegant and bold number 70 in celebration of Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year, and we expect it to become one of the nation’s most collectable coins. We are delighted that 1.3 million coins baring this unique design will be accessible at Post Offices across the UK.”

Trusted by monarchs for 1,100 years, The Royal Mint has struck circulating coins for The Queen throughout her reign, including five definitive portraits of Her Majesty. The Platinum Jubilee 50p coins are expected to be highly sought after due to the limited release of 1.3 million for UK Post Offices. The maximum coin mintage is set at 5,000,070 coins – in a special nod to 70 years on the throne.

Nick Read, Chief Executive at the Post Office, said: “We are thrilled to be part of the celebrations for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee year and that our 11,500 Post Offices across the whole of the United Kingdom will exclusively start the circulation of this special 50p coin from Monday 7th February. Postmasters are at the heart of their local communities and have been throughout our 360-year history. I have no doubt that this will be a real honour and privilege for Postmasters and their teams.”

Members of the public can find details of their local Post Office by visiting its website. There will be limited supplies of this coin entering circulation. To be in with the chance of receiving the new 50p, a Post Office customer will need to purchase a product or service at the branch. It is not possible to swap a 50p coin for this special 50p coin at the Post Office counter.

The circulation news comes after The Royal Mint released a commemorative coin collection for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, featuring a unique design on both sides of the coin. Collectors can find out more about the Platinum Jubilee range, and the commemorative 50p, at The Royal Mint.

Whitman Publishes Q. David Bowers’s New GUIDE BOOK of QUARTER EAGLE GOLD COINS

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the upcoming release of A Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins, by Q. David Bowers. The new 448-page book is volume 26 in Whitman’s “Bowers Series” of numismatic references. It will debut in March 2022, available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, for $29.95. In the meantime, it is available for preorder (including at www.Whitman.com and online bookstores).

“The quarter eagle, face value of $2.50, occupies an unusual place in American currency,” Bowers says. Unlike larger gold coins, it was too small to be commonly used in export and international trade. It also never became popular in day-to-day commerce (though, like the smaller gold dollar, it was frequently given as a Christmas gift). “Despite this,” Bowers says, “the quarter eagle was minted almost continuously for more than 130 years, starting in 1796, with six different design styles over the years.”

Today the quarter eagle is a favorite among collectors who see it as a denomination challenging to collect, yet accessible. Rarities like the 1841 “Little Princess” and the 1848 CAL. type (struck to commemorate the discovery of gold in California) always bring excitement when they cross the auction block.

In the Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins, Bowers—the hobby’s leading numismatic researcher and author—applies his signature expertise to the denomination. With characteristic thoroughness he delves into its economic and historical context, from bank panics and bullion legislation to gold rushes and Civil War hoarding. He gives readers an encyclopedic study of every quarter eagle ever minted, with full-color images, values by grade, mintages, rarity ratings, die data, auction records, collecting advice, and more. Each of the design styles—and their die varieties—is discussed in detail.

“This latest Bowers Series volume will make you an expert on the quarter eagle,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “Every collector, investor, and student of American money will learn valuable lessons from it.” Gold dealer Mike Fuljenz calls it “An important book that takes the reader on a fascinating journey through history, using the quarter eagle as a ‘time machine.’”

The Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins is richly illustrated. Of particular note are the coin photographs in chapter 3, showing varieties of 1796–1834 quarter eagles, which were provided by the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation. Mark Borckardt, Senior Numismatist of Heritage Auctions, coauthored chapter 10, on the Classic Head quarter eagles of the 1830s.

Topics covered include mints and minting; circulation and distribution; Proofs minted for collectors; quarter eagles on the numismatic scene; and understanding the market. Bowers catalogs the Capped Bust and Draped Bust types (1796–1808); the Capped Head type (1821–1834); the Classic Head type (1834–1839); the Liberty Head type (1840–1907); and the Indian Head type (1908–1929).

Appendices give more information on pattern $2.50 gold coins; quarter eagles found in treasures and hoards; historical news coverage of the quarter eagle; error coins; and counterfeits.

A detailed index and a selected bibliography assist the reader in in-depth research.

The Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins is the 20th volume written by Q. David Bowers in Whitman’s 26-volume “Bowers Series.” Other authors in the series include David W. Lange, Richard Snow, Katherine Jaeger, Roger W. Burdette, Frank J. Colletti, and Rick Tomaska.

A Guide Book of Quarter Eagle Gold Coins, first edition.
By Q. David Bowers; foreword by Mike Fuljenz.
ISBN 0794847331. Softcover, 6 x 9 inches, 448 pages, full color.
Retail $29.95 U.S.
https://whitman.com/a-guide-book-of-quarter-eagle-gold-coins/

Whitman Publishing Releases 4th Edition of American Silver Eagles

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of the expanded and updated fourth edition of American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program, by John M. Mercanti. The 224-page hardcover book will be available online (including at www.Whitman.com) and from book stores and hobby shops nationwide in March 2022. Before then it can be preordered online. The book retails for $29.95.

More than 600 million American Silver Eagles have been sold since 1986, making them the most popular bullion coins in the history of the United States. The coins are treasured by collectors and investors around the world.

In American Silver Eagles, John M. Mercanti, former chief engraver of the United States Mint, shares his unique perspective and behind-the-scenes memories. He discusses the technical and artistic process of recreating Adolph Weinman’s classic “Striding Liberty” design for the obverse of the American Silver Eagle, as well as creating his own heraldic eagle for the reverse. He also introduces the new Flying Eagle reverse design by artist Emily S. Damstra, which debuted in mid-2021.

The revised fourth edition of American Silver Eagles has 48 pages more than the third edition. It corrects old information—in many cases, quite significantly—with mintage figures and production details released by the Mint in response to a 2020 Freedom of Information Act query. And it updates the pricing, certified-coin populations, and market analyses of the third edition.

More information and historical commentary have been added to the catalog of individual coins and multiple-coin sets, 1986 to 2021. The photographic gallery of John Mercanti’s numismatic works has been expanded with more illustrations. A new gallery of “What Might Have Been” shows all 39 designs proposed for the 2021 reverse, as reviewed by the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. And new appendices highlight the numismatic art of designer Emily S. Damstra and sculptor Michael Gaudioso.

The first edition of American Silver Eagles was a hobby best-seller, recognized for “Extraordinary Merit” by the Numismatic Literary Guild.

Because Whitman Publishing is the Official Supplier of the American Numismatic Association, ANA members receive a 10% discount off all direct purchases of this new book.

American Silver Eagles: A Guide to the U.S. Bullion Coin Program, 4th edition
By John M. Mercanti; foreword by Michael Reagan
ISBN 079484913X
Hardcover, 8.5 x 11 inches, 224 pages, full color
Retail $29.95 U.S.
https://whitman.com/american-silver-eagles-a-guide-to-the-u-s-bullion-coin-program-4th-edition/

PCGS Graded Top 8 of 10 Most-Valuable U.S. Coins Sold in 2021

Overall, Professional Coin Grading Service claims 17 of the top 25 U.S. coins crossing the auction block last year, including the most-valuable coin ever sold

1933 Double Eagle PCGS MS65 (Image courtesy of PCGS)

(Santa Ana, California, January 12, 2022) – An incredible 8 of the top 10 most-valuable United States coins that crossed the auction block last year were graded by Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com). Among these was the 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, a classic United States gold coin with only one specimen available for private ownership and that broke all barriers as the most-expensive coin to ever trade hands when it hammered for $18,872,250. In all, 17 of the top 25 most-valuable coins to sell in 2021 were graded by PCGS.

“It just goes to show that the best coins always end up in PCGS holders,” asserts PCGS President Stephanie Sabin. “Year over year, the vast majority of the most valuable coins to hit the hammer at auction are in PCGS holders. This speaks to the trust and confidence collectors place in our consistent grading and ability to provide the maximum value, security, and liquidity for collectible coins.”

Here’s a rundown on the top 25 U.S. coins sold in 2021 and prices realized (including buyer’s fees):

  1. 1933 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS MS65 – Sotheby’s, $18,872,250
  2. 1787 $15 Wing Punch Brasher Doubloon, MS65 – Heritage Auctions, $9,360,000
  3. 1822 Capped Bust Half Eagle, PCGS AU50 – Stack’s Bowers Galleries, $8,400,000
  4. 1804 Draped Bust Dollar, PCGS PR68 – Stack’s Bowers Galleries, $7,680,000
  5. 1861 Paquet Reverse Double Eagle, PCGS MS67 – Heritage Auctions, $7,200,000
  6. 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar, PCGS MS66+ – Heritage Auctions, $6,600,000
  7. 1804 Draped Bust Eagle, PCGS PR65+DCAM – Heritage Auctions, $5,280,000
  8. 1907 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle, PR68 – Heritage Auctions, $3,600,000
  9. 1792 J-1 Silver Center Cent, PCGS SP67BN – Heritage Auctions, $2,520,000
  10. 1854-S Liberty Half Eagle, PCGS XF45 – Heritage Auctions, $2,400,000
  11. (TIED) 1885 Trade Dollar, PCGS PR63+CAM – Heritage Auctions, $2,100,000
  12. (TIED) Brasher 1786 Lima-Style Brasher Doubloon, MS61 – Heritage Auctions, $2,100,000
  13. 1893-S Morgan Dollar, PCGS MS67 – GreatCollections, $2,086,875
  14. 1921 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle Satin Special Strike, PR64+ – Heritage Auctions, $2,010,000
  15. 1880 Coiled Hair Stella, PR67CAM – Heritage Auctions, $1,860,000
  16. 1797 Draped Bust Overton-101A Half Dollar, PCGS MS66 – Stack’s Bowers Galleries, $1,680,000
  17. 1870-CC Liberty Head Double Eagle, PCGS AU53 – Heritage Auctions, $1,620,000
  18. 1796 Draped Bust Quarter Eagle Stars, PCGS MS65 – Heritage Auctions, $1,380,000
  19. 1792 25 Cents J-13, AU58 – Heritage Auctions, $1,260,000
  20. 1776 Continental Dollar “CURRENCY” Silver, VF35 – Heritage Auctions, $1,140,000
  21. 1866 Liberty Seated Dollar No Motto, PCGS PR63+ – Heritage Auctions, $1,050,000
  22. 1794 Flowing Hair Overton 101A Half Dollar, PCGS MS64+ – Heritage Auctions, $870,000
  23. 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar, AU58 – Stack’s Bowers Galleries, $840,000
  24. 1794 Flowing Hair Dollar J-18, VF25 – Heritage Auctions, $840,000
  25. 1943-D Bronze Lincoln Cent, PCGS MS64BN – Heritage Auctions, $840,000

1822 Capped Bust Half Eagle, PCGS AU50 (Image courtesy of PCGS)

PCGS also makes an honorable mention to an unusual piece the company graded and that sold at auction for a staggering sum, the 2011 25BTC Casascius Bitcoin. This novel piece of exonumia serves as the physical representation of 25 Bitcoins and was graded PCGS MS67. It sold for $1,698,750 in a GreatCollections sale. It should be noted that an astounding 22 U.S. coins surpassed the $1 million threshold in 2021 among the auction houses consulted for this year-end roundup of prices realized, and this confirms the robust strength of the coin market in 2021 despite a gyrating economy and persistent pandemic conditions.

For more information and images covering all of the top-selling coins of 2021, visit https://www.pcgs.com/top-selling-coins-2021. You can also view the top-selling PCGS coins of all time at https://www.pcgs.com/top-selling-coins-of-all-time.

About Professional Coin Grading Service

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is a third-party coin and banknote grading company that was launched in 1986. Over 35 years, PCGS has examined and certified more than 48 million U.S. and world coins, medals, and tokens with a combined value of over $47 billion. For more information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, please visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

New Concerned Collectors Coalition to Replace Consumer Patron Membership

The National Coin & Bullion Association is replacing our Consumer Patron-level membership with a new, FREE membership dedicated to collectors. The Concerned Collectors Coalition is specifically for individuals whose primary source of income is not generated by the sale of numismatic materials. Concerned Collectors Coalition members receive a membership certificate and the association’s quarterly digital newsletter, Member News. A member of the Concerned Collectors Coalition does not have membership voting rights.

To support NCBA’s work advocating for the numismatic community, Concerned Collectors Coalition members will need to identify their federal and state legislators as part of the registration process. One of the first steps in convincing federal and state legislators to support our initiatives is finding out who represents our members. This allows NCBA and our lobbyists to focus efforts on legislators whose constituents will be directly impacted by the initiatives so that we can contact them about supporting our efforts when the time comes. It will also allow our lobbyists to create a clear picture of where these key legislators stand on issues related to our initiatives and which committees they serve on before we reach out to them.

Our Concerned Collectors Coalition members will be an important voice in the fight for our initiatives and will be called upon to help support our work in the state and federal legislatures. If you appreciate having access to a fair market for coins and bullion, you benefit from the work we do. The membership is free, but donations are vital to our efforts. You can still contribute $25, $50, $100—or more—to support our initiatives and help shape the future of our numismatic community. To contribute, visit https://www.ictaonline.org/donate.

Current Consumer Patron members have been automatically registered as Concerned Collectors Coalition members. Each member’s profile should be updated to include the names of their federal and state legislators. Profiles may be updated at any time via the NCBA website’s “Member Login” button. If you do not know your password, there is a link on the log-in screen to retrieve it. To find your legislators, visit https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/.

Help us make this coalition a powerful voice for the numismatic community! Collectors, join NCBA as a Concerned Collectors Coalition member for FREE and join the fight in our initiatives. Again, if you appreciate having access to a fair market for coins and bullion, you benefit from the work we do. And please contribute $25, $50, $100, or more, to support our initiatives and help shape the future of our numismatic community.

To join Concerned Collectors Coalition, visit https://icta.memberclicks.net/membership.

To contribute, visit https://www.ictaonline.org/donate.

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