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United States Mint Set to Release Uncirculated Version of the American Eagle Gold Coin on June 1

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will open sales for the 2017 American Eagle One Ounce Gold Uncirculated Coin (product code17EH) on June 1 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

This coin is a collector version of the Mint’s American Eagle Gold Bullion Coin. Struck at the United States Mint at West Point, the obverse (heads) features a version of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ full-length figure of Liberty with flowing hair, holding a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left. Its reverse (tails), by sculptor Miley Busiek, features a male eagle carrying an olive branch flying above a nest containing a female eagle and eaglets.

Each coin is encapsulated in plastic and packaged in a presentation case with a Certificate of Authenticity. Customer demand will determine the number of coins produced.

Pricing for the 2017 American Eagle One Ounce Gold Uncirculated Coin will be based on the Mint’s pricing schedule for products containing gold. These products are priced according to the range in which they appear on the 2017 Pricing of Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, and Platinum Products” table. Click here for current pricing information.

The Mint will accept orders at its online catalog and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Visit us online for information about shipping options.

United States Mint Announces Plans to Discontinue Mail Orders

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) today announced that it is discontinuing all mail orders effective September 30, 2017.

The Mint will return any mail orders received after September 30 with instructions for placing orders online or by phone.

The consumer products industry is increasingly adopting Web-based sales channels, including mobile applications, that give the public more efficient, cost-effective, and faster ways to purchase products. The Mint is following this trend in an effort to better serve all its customers, and provide a more convenient and consistent ordering experience.

Future orders will be accepted at the Mint’s online catalog at www.catalog.usmint.gov or via telephone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight ET.

Military Decorations Displayed at Money Museum

History buffs and military aficionados alike are sure to appreciate the new exhibit at the Money Museum, “Trenches to Treaties: World War I in Remembrance,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of “The Great War.” Operated by the American Numismatic Association (ANA), the Money Museum exhibit honors WWI soldiers through a spectacular display of medals and military decorations such as the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor, the French Croix de Guerre (Cross of War) and the Victoria Cross (the highest award of the United Kingdom).

“You call these baubles, well, it is with baubles that men are led… Do you think that you would be able to make men fight by reasoning? Never. That is good only for the scholar in his study. The Soldier needs glory, distinctions, rewards.” —Napoleon Bonaparte

During World War I, military decorations were created or revived by all combatant nations. Medals were awarded for bravery, heroism, and service in battles or campaigns. Strictly speaking, medals incorporate all awards that hang from a ribbon, while decorations are awarded only for battlefield accomplishments.

Military decorations have been awarded since ancient times. Egypt had the Order of the Golden Collar during the Old Kingdom (2686-2181 B.C.) and the Romans had torcs (neck bands), armillae (arm bands) and phalerae (metal discs), often in gold or silver, for bravery and military achievements. Richly jeweled necklaces and bracelets were given during the early Middle Ages, which became the basis for modern orders of chivalry and military decorations.

Admission Information

Effective June 1, admission prices to the ANA’s Money Museum are as follows:

  • General Admission – $8
  • Seniors (55+), military and students (with ID) – $6
  • Groups of 8 or more – $5 per person*
  • School groups and children 12 and under – Free
*Guided tours are available by reservation only.

Admission to the Money Museum is free on the third Saturday of every month. Admission is always free for children 12 and under, ANA members, and Colorado College students, staff and faculty.

The Money Museum is located at 818 N. Cascade Ave, adjacent to the campus of Colorado College and next door to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Museum hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org/money-museum.

The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered, nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging the study and collection of coins and related items. The ANA helps its 25,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of instructional and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

James Earl Jones Coin Collecting Video Available Free on New PNG YouTube Channel

(Temecula, California) May 25, 2017 – The award-winning educational video, “Money: History in Your Hands,” narrated by acclaimed actor James Earl Jones, now is available for free viewing on the Professional Numismatists Guild YouTube.com channel.

“We currently have more than a dozen videos about rare coins, paper money and precious metals available for complimentary viewing on PNG’s YouTube channel. They will be helpful for beginners to advanced collectors and investors with informative advice about buying, storing and selling numismatic items as well as gold, silver and platinum bullion items,” said PNG Executive Director Robert Brueggeman.

“An important part of our educational effort is the video, ‘Money: History in Your Hands,’ jointly created by PNG and the American Numismatic Association, and hosted on camera by James Earl Jones. It gives viewers a compelling overview of the history of money, and how it relates to art, culture, history, politics and religion,” explained Brueggeman. “The 29-minute video is available for convenient viewing in two parts.”

Other informative PNG videos focus on topics of discovering the enjoyment of coin collecting, how to determine the value of your coins, and the importance of working with a reputable, knowledgeable dealer when you buy or sell.

All of the videos are can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb5co6ZLKPitRAw-6pDxeCw

Founded in 1955, the Professional Numismatists Guild is a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers. A directory of dealers, the PNG Member Code of Ethics and the organization’s Collector’s Bill of Rights can be found at www.PNGdealers.org. For additional information, contact the PNG by email at info@PNGdealers.org or by phone at 951-587-8300.

Money: History in Your Hands – Part I (Posted June 3, 2016)
Money: History in Your Hands – Part II (Posted April 3, 2017)
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