2018 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set Available October 18

WASHINGTON – The 2018 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set (product code 18RC) will be available for purchase beginning on October 18 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set is priced at $144.95.

The following proof quality coins are included:

  • One American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin;
  • Five quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin), Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota), Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia), and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island);
  • One Kennedy half dollar; and
  • One Roosevelt dime.

The half dollar, quarters, and dime are composed of 90 percent silver—generally referred to as “coin silver”—while the American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin is composed of 99.9 percent silver. All coins bear the “S” mint mark of the San Francisco Mint.

A Certificate of Authenticity comes with each set. The United States Mint (Mint) has limited this product to 50,000 sets, with orders limited to two sets per household.

The Mint accepts orders at catalog.usmint.gov/ and 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Information about shipping options is available at catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.

United States Mint Unveils Designs for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) unveiled the designs for the 2019 Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program today. The obverse and reverse designs will be featured on the four coins in the program: a $5 gold coin, a standard size $1 silver coin, a half dollar clad coin, and a five ounce $1 silver proof coin. In a manufacturing first for the Mint, the five-ounce silver proof coin will be curved, as will the other coins in the program.

The obverse design was selected from entries in a juried competition as required by the authorizing legislation, Public Law 114-282. The winning design is by Gary Cooper of Belfast, Maine. It features the inscriptions “MERCURY,” “GEMINI,” and “APOLLO”— separated by phases of the Moon—and a footprint on the lunar surface. The design represents the efforts of the United States space program leading up to the first manned Moon landing. Additional inscriptions are “2019,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “LIBERTY.” Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna sculpted the design.

The reverse design is by Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill. It features a representation of a close-up of the iconic ‘Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’ photograph taken July 20, 1969, showing just the visor and part of the helmet of astronaut Buzz Aldrin. The reflection in Aldrin’s helmet includes astronaut Neil Armstrong, the United States flag, and the lunar lander. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” the respective denomination, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” Ms. Hemphill also sculpted the design.

The law that authorizes the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program also requires the Mint to collect surcharges from coin sales—$35 for each gold coin, $10 for each $1 silver coin, $5 for each half-dollar coin, and $50 for each five-ounce silver proof coin. The Mint is authorized to distribute the surcharges as follows:

  • one half to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum’s ”Destination Moon” exhibit,
  • one quarter to the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, and
  • one quarter to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

The Mint will announce the release date and pricing for this coin program prior to the opening of sales in January 2019.

Mentors Encouraged to Join ANA’s Diploma Program

Chance for Experienced Collectors to Pass on Knowledge

An organization dedicated to educating and encouraging the study of numismatics, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) offers individuals the opportunity to discover and explore the world of money by enrolling in the School of Numismatics Diploma Program.

Those who complete correspondence courses, hands-on seminars or a combination of the two, can receive a “Numismatic Scholar” certificate. There is a final exam that consists of an extensive 200-question written test covering information from all of the correspondence courses. Students embark on an exciting and rewarding journey while acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to appreciate and enjoy the hobby.

While students take part in the program, they can request a mentor to help answer numismatic-related questions they may have. It’s the mentor’s responsibility to help guide students through the courses. The ANA is currently looking for mentors to apply to the program.

Qualifications to be a mentor for the Diploma Program include:​

  • Experienced background in numismatics
  • Be available to answer emails and occasional phone calls
  • Graduation from the ANA Diploma Program not required but encouraged

Correspondence courses include “Introduction to Numismatics,” “Grading U.S. Coins Today,” “Detecting Counterfeit & Altered U.S. Coins” and more. In-class courses may be used as substitutions for required courses. All students are required to be ANA members to complete the Diploma Program.

To enroll as a student or mentor, or for more information, contact Suzanne Seyfi, ANA education assistant, at (719) 482-9829 or email her at sseyfi@money.org.

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 educational and outreach programs as well as its museum, library, publications, and conventions. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or visit www.money.org.

Major Barber Exhibits and Lectures Planned for October 2018 Baltimore Expo

(Baltimore, Maryland) — The Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo will feature two groundbreaking new exhibits and lectures on personal artifacts from the family of U.S. Mint chief engravers William Barber and Charles E. Barber. The Expo is open to the public and runs from Thursday to Sunday, October 25–28, 2018, at the Baltimore Convention Center. The exhibits will be on display through Saturday.

The Barber exhibits are being brought to the Expo by the nonprofit Barber Coin Collectors’ Society (www.barbercoins.org) and Liberty Seated Collectors Club (www.lsccweb.org). Both clubs will hold meetings with educational programs during the Expo, and everyone is invited to attend.

The exhibits include recently revealed personal artifacts from the family archives of William and Charles Barber. These artifacts change the popular conception (and misconceptions) of the father and son who served as the fifth and sixth chief engravers of the United States Mint.

Members of the Trepagnier family, Charles Barber’s descendants who currently own the personal archives and have generously allowed them to be displayed, will be in attendance and will meet collectors and talk about their famous ancestors.

The Charles Barber exhibit includes:

  • a painted portrait and six new photographs of Charles E. Barber, which show aspects of his personality not seen in his single previously known portrait
  • a photo showing Charles Barber and George T. Morgan together in 1897
  • a 39-star flag presented to Charles Barber by President Theodore Roosevelt
  • the last remaining five patterns from the famous Charles Barber Collection of patterns still held by the family.
  • the first edition of the Woodin-Adams pattern reference, inscribed to Charles Barber, 1913
  • key-date Barber coins (Liberty Head nickels, and Barber dimes, quarters, and half dollars)
  • Barber’s commemorative coins, Hawaiian coinage, and Cuban coinage
  • Barber’s 1905 passport
  • memos from U.S. Mint departments for Barber’s 1905 European mint trip, some with his handwritten notes
  • a diary of Edith Barber from the family’s European trip, which sheds new light on her father’s relationships
  • copies of Barber’s 1905 trip report, with results matching handwritten notes
  • a 1906 Mint Assay medal, in its original case, portraying Theodore Roosevelt
  • letters to Charles Barber from Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Victor David Brenner

On Friday, October 26, at 3:00 p.m., the Barber Coin Collectors’ Society will present a free educational program entitled “The Charles Barber You Didn’t Know,” in Room 301 of the Convention Center.

Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker has viewed the artifacts and attended an August 2018 presentation by BCCS president John Frost at the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia. Tucker called Frost’s research and the generosity of the Trepagnier family “one of the most important numismatic developments of the 21st century.” The research will be featured in the second edition of the Guide Book of Barber Silver Coins, by Q. David Bowers, which will debut this holiday season.

A second exhibit will feature artifacts relating to William Barber—Charles’s father and the fifth chief engraver of the Mint, designer of the U.S. trade dollar and the twenty-cent piece. On display will be:

  • an 1869 presidential proclamation naming William Barber as engraver, from President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward
  • paintings of William Barber and his wife, Anna Maria Barber
  • a portrait medal of William Barber by Charles E. Barber
  • three original pencil/pen coin design sketches by William Barber
  • a U.S. Centennial medal, and Grant second inaugural medal, by Barber
  • a scan of an 1875 letter by William Barber about Carson City Mint dies and breakage
  • an 1875-CC twenty-cent piece struck from a broken reverse die
  • a memo by Mint officials on the death of William Barber
  • a set of trade dollars
  • a set of twenty-cent pieces, including one of William Barber’s patterns
  • a copy of Medallic History of the United States 1776–1876, first edition, by J. Loubat, inscribed to William Barber, 1878
  • Inside the Mint Cabinet, by Elizabeth Johnston, inscribed to William Barber, 1876

The Liberty Seated Collectors Club meeting will be held Friday, October 26, at 9:00 a.m., in Room 301 of the Convention Center. Its educational program is “William Barber Revealed!”

The Whitman Coin and Collectibles Baltimore Expo is a leading hobbyist convention in North America, held thrice yearly at the Baltimore Convention Center. It connects hundreds of coin and paper-money dealers with thousands of collectors and is a venue for educational programs, club meetings, new book launches, and social activities for hobbyists from around the world. More information is online at Expo.Whitman.com.

2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set™ Available October 10

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set™ (product code 18AC) on October 10 at noon Eastern Time (ET). The set is priced at $8.95.

The 2018-dated set includes 10 circulating quarters—five from the Philadelphia Mint and five from the Denver Mint—with reverse (tails) designs honoring: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Michigan), Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Wisconsin), Voyageurs National Park (Minnesota), Cumberland Island National Seashore (Georgia), and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge (Rhode Island).

The obverse (heads) of the quarters features the restored 1932 portrait of George Washington by sculptor John Flanagan. Required obverse inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

The coins are held in a durable plastic card that features a picturesque image and a brief description of each site and coin. The packaging allows the coins to be easily removed and placed in albums or other collecting tools. A Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the back of the card.

The Mint accepts orders at catalog.usmint.gov/ and 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Information about shipping options is available at catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.

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