2017 is the bicentenary of one of the most famous coin designs in the world. In 1817 the Italian sculptor and engraver Benedetto Pistrucci (1783-1855), described at the time as “an artist of the greatest celebrity” created an iconic depiction of Saint George and the Dragon which continues to be struck on gold sovereigns to this day. Pistrucci was buried in Christ Church, Virginia Water in Surrey, where a plaque will be unveiled in his honour this weekend.
To mark this important anniversary, The London Mint Office has commissioned internationally renowned Canadian artist Angela Pistrucci to create a new interpretation of her great-great-great-great uncle’s most enduring work. The Government of Gibraltar obtained permission from Buckingham Palace to use Angela’s design on their 2017 gold sovereigns, and the new coin was unveiled to great acclaim at the 46th World Money Fair in Berlin earlier this year.
Exclusively available from The London Mint Office, the 22 carat gold quarter sovereign pays tribute to Benedetto Pistrucci’s most famous design and is being offered at a very special price.
Managing Director of The London Mint Office, Greg Prosser said: “This is an affordable way to own real gold. The price of the new gold quarter sovereign brings it to the attention of a whole new audience, so we expect demand to be extremely high. Benedetto Pistrucci’s Saint George and the Dragon design was timeless, and so this is a remarkable tribute to the iconic craftsmanship that appears to run in the family. Angela’s intricate work is one of the most stunning designs we have been involved with.”
Angela only truly understood the significance of her ancestor as an adult when she researched her family history, discovering that she and Benedetto shared a passion for cameos and relief sculpture. “Never in my wildest dreams”, she said “would I have believed that someday I would step into my ancestor’s shoes and design the sovereign.”
To prepare herself for this unique opportunity to follow in her ancestor’s footsteps, Angela won a scholarship to study Bas Relief in Rome at the prestigious Italian Mint IPZS which has an archive of Benedetto Pistrucci’s work on permanent display in their museum. Like her famous ancestor, Angela’s work has also been exhibited throughout the world.
The full range of sovereigns featuring Angela Pistrucci’s new interpretation of Saint George and the Dragon are exclusively available in the UK from The London Mint Office.
To obtain your gold quarter sovereign, please call 0808 178 2370 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am-5:30pm & Saturday 9am-1pm).
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) will hold a public meeting at 10 a.m. (ET) on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at United States Mint Headquarters, in the Second Floor Conference Room, at 801 9th St. NW, in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting is to conduct business related to the CCAC’s responsibility to advise the Secretary of the Treasury on themes and designs pertaining to United States coinage.
Agenda (subject to change):
- Review and discussion of candidate designs for the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters Program.
- Review and discussion of new and revised candidate designs for the Office of Strategic Services Congressional Gold Medal.
- Review and approval of annual report.
Who: Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC)
Pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 5135, the CCAC was established to:
- Advise the Secretary of the Treasury on any theme or design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, commemorative coins, Congressional gold medals, and national and other medals produced by the Secretary;
- Advise the Secretary of the Treasury with regard to the events, persons, or places that the Committee recommends to be commemorated; and
- Advise the Secretary of the Treasury with respect to the mintage level for any commemorative coin recommended.
When: Tuesday, September 19, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET).
Where: United States Mint Headquarters
801 9th St. NW
Second Floor Conference Room
Washington, D.C. 20220
The meeting is open to interested members of the public and news media.
Interested persons should call the CCAC HOTLINE at (202) 354-7502 for the latest update on meeting time and room location.
Interested members of the public may dial in to listen to the meeting at (866) 564-9287, access code 62956028.
Note: Dial-in access is listen only and phones must be kept on mute to not disturb discussion.
Members of the public interested in attending the meeting in person will be admitted into the meeting room on a first-come, first-serve basis as space is limited. Conference Room A&B can accommodate up to 50 members of the public at any one time. In addition, all persons entering a United States Mint facility must adhere to building security protocol. This means they must consent to the search of their persons and objects in their possession while on government grounds and when they enter and leave the facility, and are prohibited from bringing into the facility weapons of any type, illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or contraband.
The United States Mint Police Officer conducting the screening will evaluate whether an item may enter into or exit from a facility based upon federal law, Treasury policy, United States Mint Policy, and local operating procedure; and all prohibited and unauthorized items will be subject to confiscation and disposal.
Members of the public interested in submitting ideas for the CCAC’s consideration may fax them to (202) 756-6525.
Experts’ Three Tips To Avoid Gold Scams, According to Professional Numismatists Guild
(Temecula, California) September 12, 2017 – Following the recent fraud charges filed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission against a California gold seller, a trade group composed of veteran precious metals experts is urging investors to take three important steps before making any purchases of gold, silver or platinum bullion coins or ingots.
“To avoid paying too much when you buy or receiving too little when you sell, and to avoid potential scams, investors absolutely must know the credentials of the bullion dealer, not just what the dealer may tout on TV advertisements or with a fancy website,” cautioned Barry Stuppler of Woodland Hills, California, President of the nonprofit Professional Numismatists Guild (www.PNGdealers.org). “If you don’t know gold, you’d better know your gold dealer,” Stuppler emphasized.
The Temecula, California-based Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG) was founded in 1955. Two years ago, PNG established an Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program, APMD (www.APMDdealers.org), to provide consumer and investor protection in the marketplace. APMD members must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics (https://apmddealers.org/apmd-code-of-ethics/) in the buying and selling of precious metals. The firm that was recently sued by the CFTC is not a member of the APMD program.
“The second step investors must take is know the current spot price of the precious metal they want to buy or sell. Bullion items, such as the American Eagle, Canadian Maple Leaf and South African Krugerrand usually sell for only about three to five percent above the current spot price depending on the quantity purchased. Beware of high-pressure selling prices that would force you to wait for gold or silver to double or triple in value before you could make a profit,” warned Stuppler.
“The third step is to take prompt delivery of the bullion items you purchase. Be wary of sellers who want to keep and store your gold, or claim it will take months to deliver items to you. The reason many people buy precious metal coins and ingots is because of their liquidity, but if you don’t have possession of the items then you can’t act quickly when you want to sell,” said Stuppler who also is President of the California Coin and Bullion Merchants Association.
For additional information about the Accredited Precious Metals Dealer program, call the Professional Numismatists Guild at 951-587-8300 or visit www.APMDdealers.org. A list of APMD member-dealers is online at https://apmddealers.org/apmd-dealers.
WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set™ -Ellis Island (product code 17AM) on September 14, at noon Eastern Time (ET).
Priced at $9.95, this set contains two uncirculated Ellis Island quarters-one from the Philadelphia Mint and one from the Denver Mint-and one proof quarter from the San Francisco Mint. The coins are held in a durable plastic card featuring an image of Ellis Island. A Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the back of the card.
The reverse (tails) of the quarters depict an immigrant family approaching Ellis Island with a mixture of hope and uncertainty. The hospital building is visible in the background. Inscriptions are “ELLIS ISLAND,” “NEW JERSEY,” 2017,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.” The obverse (heads) design features the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan.
Orders will be accepted at https://catalog.usmint.gov/ and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Information on shipping options is available online.
(Pelham, Alabama)—Whitman Publishing has released an expanded, updated second edition of its best-selling Guide Book of Lincoln Cents, a popular entry in the Bowers Series of numismatic titles. The book continues in the tradition of the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars and other Bowers Series guides, now numbering more than two dozen volumes. The 320-page full-color book is available online (including at Whitman.com) and from booksellers nationwide for $19.95.
Generations of coin collectors have grown up with the Lincoln cent, America’s longest-running coin series, first minted in 1909. Author Q. David Bowers, the nation’s most widely published numismatic writer, provides a detailed study of this American classic, including history, grading, market values, and more. Lincoln cents are illustrated in full color, with high-resolution enlargements for important doubled dies and other varieties. Mintages, specifications, and retail values in multiple grades (including Brown, Red/Brown, and Red Mint State) add to the book’s reference value. More than 750 photographs illustrate the text.
“Lincoln cents are an evergreen coin series,” said Whitman publisher Dennis Tucker. “They’re fun and easy to collect, but they also offer challenges for the advanced hobbyist. Collectors bought tens of thousands of copies of the first edition of the Guide Book of Lincoln Cents. We know the second edition will be just as popular.”
On the technical and production side, A Guide Book of Lincoln Cents covers die preparation, design modifications, the coining process, distribution, Proofs, mintmarks, doubled dies, and other specialized topics. An appendix by specialist Fred Weinberg discusses errors and misstruck cents.
On the market side, the book explains how to specialize in Lincoln cents, and gives advice on determining authenticity, analyzing color and strike, being a smart buyer, realities of the marketplace, comparative rarities, Full Details, certification, establishing fair market prices, and more.
New to the second edition are full coverage of the 2009 cents minted for the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth; an appendix on pattern cents; an illustrated overview of Abraham Lincoln medals and tokens, based on the research of historian Fred Reed; a study of Lincoln portraiture from the 1800s to date, also based on Reed’s work; and a gallery of alternative 2009 Bicentennial coin designs that were reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee. The second edition also has a two-page index, and a new foreword by Joel Iskowitz, who designed the 2009 “Professional Life in Illinois” cent. The book has also been updated with new pricing and research. It is 16 pages longer than the first edition.
“Writing this book has been very enjoyable,” author Dave Bowers said. “It has reinforced my continuous belief that Lincoln cents are among the most fascinating coins in the entire American series.”
320 pages, full color
By Q. David Bowers; foreword by Joel Iskowitz