In this video from NASA, astronaut Christina Koch discusses the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin from space.
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NASA Senior Program Executive Willis Jenkins, artist Emily Damstra, and Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint Joe Menna discuss the 2019 Native American $1 Coin. The theme of the coin’s design is American Indians in the Space Program. Native Americans have been on the modern frontier of space flight since the beginning of NASA. Their contributions to the U.S. space program culminated in the space walks of John Herrington (Chickasaw Nation) on the International Space Station in 2002. This and other pioneering achievements date back to the work of Mary Golda Ross (Cherokee Nation). Considered the first Native American engineer in the U.S. space program, Ross helped develop the Agena spacecraft for the Gemini and Apollo space programs.
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June17, 2019 – The thrill of the hunt and the happiness of rewards continue with three more lucky coin finders in the Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) Quarter Quest.
The latest three bounty winners, one each from Georgia, Kentucky and Utah, were the first to discover and submit to PCGS for authentication and grading examples of the new 2019-W War in the Pacific National Historical Park quarters. One of the coins is now graded PCGS MS67.
Each of the three lucky submitters will receive $667 from PCGS.
As with the previous America the Beautiful series design quarters released this year, the United States Mint has struck only two million West Point mint mark examples of the War in the Pacific National Historic Park coins, also known as the Guam quarters, for the western Pacific Ocean territory where the park is located.
As part of the ongoing PCGS Quarter Quest, a $2,000 reward was offered for the first West Point Guam coin submitted. Three people whose submissions arrived virtually simultaneously will split the prize and are receiving their now PCGS-certified coins with a special insert label: PCGS First Discovery.
“The Quarter Quest continues to drive excitement for collecting and has brought the hunt back to the hobby. The fact that these quarters came from such a spread of states shows that anyone is capable of finding them. We are excited to see what happens with the release of the San Antonio Missions West Point Mint quarter in August,” said PCGS President Brett Charville.
The three latest winners explained how they found their 2019-W Gaum quarters.
“Ana” from Utah went to a Salt Lake City credit union with several colleagues from work and each purchased two rolls of quarters, the maximum allowed per person. After finding a West Point Guam coin, she immediately went to the post office and submitted it to PCGS by overnight delivery. Her coin is graded PCGS MS64.“Pamela H” of Georgia is a cashier who has collected coins for more than a decade and started purchasing boxes of quarters when the W mint mark program was announced. “I was shocked (when I found the coin in Acworth, Georgia). It was like hitting the jackpot,” she told PCGS. Her coin is graded PCGS MS67!
“Fernando A” of Kentucky,” who began collecting silver coins from subway fare as a youngster in Queens, New York, purchased a box of quarters from a Chase bank in Radcliff, Kentucky. He had only about 20 minutes from the time he found the W mint mark Guam quarter before the post office closed for the day, but he beat the clock. He has a special fondness for the War in the Pacific/Guam quarter. “As a veteran, it is something special to have been one of the winners for the Guam quarter bounty. The design resonates with me, I will definitely be keeping this coin,” he stated. His quarter is graded PCGS MS64.
The PCGS Quarter Quest continues with still two additional coin designs scheduled by the Mint this year. Any qualifying 2019 West Point mint mark quarters received within the first seven days after the PCGS First Discovery for each design has been confirmed will automatically receive the First Week of Discovery pedigree.
The qualifying coins submitted after those 7 days and within 45 days of the PCGS First Discovery will automatically receive an Early Find pedigree. Also, there are opportunities for bonus points for W mint mark quarters featuring these special pedigrees listed in the PCGS Set Registry.
PCGS has created an information page for the promotion at www.PCGS.com/2019quarterquest where coin hunters can check on updated bounties, see if a PCGS First Discovery has been graded and authenticated, and review the terms and conditions for the promotion.
For information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.
The American Numismatic Association is proud to announce the Official Auctioneers for the 2020 and 2021 World’s Fair of Money.
Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries will continue to provide auction services for the World’s Fair of Money in the years 2020 and 2021—on the heels of completing a six-year run conducting successful auctions for the annual ANA convention.
“We’re delighted that ANA members and World’s Fair of Money attendees will be able to consign to and purchase from Heritage Auctions and Stack’s Bowers Galleries – both of which have a long and successful history with the ANA,” said ANA Executive Director Kimberly Kiick. “Both auction houses have been long-standing supporters of our educational mission, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have them return as the Official Auctioneers for the show.”
Stack’s Bowers Galleries and Heritage Auctions each will conduct separate auctions for the next two World’s Fair of Money Official Auctions. The 2020 show will be held Aug. 4-8 in Pittsburgh, Penn.; the 2021 show will return to the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill., Aug. 10-14. Both organizations will be conducting auctions at the 2019 World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Aug. 13-17.
The World’s Fair of Money is the nation’s premier numismatic event, featuring the most expansive educational programs and the best numismatic inventory available anywhere. The show features hundreds of numismatic dealers; live auctions conducted by preeminent auction firms; the ANA’s signature Museum Showcase, exhibiting some of the world’s most valuable and beautiful coins and paper money; collector exhibits; as well as educational presentations, seminars and social events.
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 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.
The London Mint Office has made its very own unique commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6 with a special coin in Fairmined gold issued at Monnaie De Paris before making its journey to the Normandy beaches where Military Ambassador Simon Weston CBE paid his respects.
Falklands veteran Simon was at the Pegasus Memorial Museum at Ranville before an audience of invited guests in tribute to the largest seaborne invasion in history. The Normandy landings began on Tuesday, June 6, 1944, D-Day or Operation Neptune, marking the start of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. A 1,200 plane airborne assault preceded an amphibious assault involving more than 5,000 vessels. Nearly 160,000 troops crossed the English Channel on 6 June, and more than two million Allied troops were in France by the end of August.
The special coin was issued at France’s foremost mint, the Monnaie De Paris in Fairmined gold, which means it has been ethically mined. Some 15 million people work in gold worldwide, 90% of them in artisanal, small scale mines in developing countries, more likely to be affected by poverty, poor working conditions, child labour and toxic chemicals. Fairmined is an assurance label that certifies gold from empowered responsible artisanal and small-scale mining organisations. It transforms mining into an active force for good, ensuring social development and environmental protection.
Daniel Penney, Managing Director of The London Mint Office said: “D-Day began the liberation of France and laid the foundations of the Allied victory in WWII, so we needed a very special event to mark this historic milestone. It is an honour to work with the prestigious Monnaie De Paris, and we are delighted to be able to issue the coin in the ethically sourced, more sustainable Fairmined gold, and to take it on this poignant journey to Normandy.”
The Monnaie De Paris is France’s longest standing institution and the oldest enterprise in the world, officially founded in 864 as a coining workshop in Paris, the only one in France in continuous operation since it opened.