United States Mint Opens Sales of Kennedy Half Dollar Product Options

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) is now accepting orders for collectible bags and rolls of 2019 Kennedy Half Dollar coins.

The Mint began producing the Kennedy Half Dollar in 1964 to commemorate President John F. Kennedy’s life following his assassination in 1963. This coin is available for purchase in the following options:

19KA 200-Coin Bag P and D $139.95
19KB Two-Roll Set P and D $32.95

All product options contain circulating finish coins; however, the coins have never been placed in circulation. The coin rolls are wrapped in United States Mint paper coin wrap marked with a “P” or “D” for the mint of origin and “$10” for the face value. Each bag is marked with a “P” and “D” for the mint of origin and “$100” for the face value of the contents.

The obverse (heads) of the Kennedy Half Dollar features the original 1964 design of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and the inscriptions “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2019.” The reverse (tails) design is based on the Presidential Coat of Arms and includes the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “HALF DOLLAR.”

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

The bags and rolls of Kennedy Half Dollars are also available for purchase through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. Learn more about this convenient ordering method at catalog.usmint.gov/shop/product-enrollments/.

United States Mint Launches Quarter Honoring War in the Pacific National Historical Park in Guam

48th America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin recognizes those who participated in the Pacific Theater campaigns during World War II

ASAN, Guam — United States Mint (Mint) Director David J. Ryder joined an enthusiastic crowd today to celebrate the release of the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring War in the Pacific National Historical Park. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio, and site superintendent Barbara Alberti joined Mr. Ryder for the free event.

War in the Pacific National Historical Park was established to commemorate the bravery, courage, and sacrifice of those who participated in the Pacific Theater campaigns during World War II. The reverse (tails) design honoring the site depicts American forces coming ashore at Asan Bay, strengthening the number of troops on the island in the fight for Guam and its eventual liberation. Inscriptions are “WAR IN THE PACIFIC,” “GUAM,” “2019,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”

Asan Bay Overlook is perhaps the most iconic memorial in the park. The Memorial Wall lists the military personnel and local residents who died or suffered atrocities during the Japanese occupation. In his remarks, Director Ryder noted, “The American liberation of Guam hastened the end of the war, but came at a price of thousands of casualties. May this quarter stand as a tribute to the memories this park preserves.”

The Mint will release products featuring the War in the Pacific National Historical Park quarter design on June 3 at noon EDT. Orders will be accepted at the Mint’s online catalog at https://catalog.usmint.gov/coin-programs/america-the-beautiful-quarters-program/ and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

The War in the Pacific National Historical Park quarter is the 48th release in the United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The program is authorized by Public Law 110-456 and is a 12-year initiative to honor 56 national parks and other national sites. Each year for the duration of the program, the public will see five additional national sites depicted on the reverses of the America the Beautiful Quarters coins. The final coin will be issued at the end of the program in 2021. The Mint issues these quarters in the order in which the honored sites were first established as national sites.

Hoard of Historic Coin Boards in Goldberg Auction

(Los Angeles, California) – Nearly two dozen vintage coin boards, all at least 80 years old and most with a dozen or more historic U.S. coins in their respective slots, will be offered in the Pre-Long Beach auction conducted by Goldberg Coins and Collectibles (www.GoldbergCoins.com) in Los Angeles and online, June 2-5, 2019.

The treasure trove of boards was hidden away for decades at the Fullerton Coin and Stamp Company store in Fullerton, California, the oldest coin shop in Orange County. The 23 boards were consigned to the auction by Dwight Manley, noted numismatist, real estate developer and the coin shop’s owner since 2010.

“Starting in the 1930’s, fill-in-the-slots boards helped coin collecting become a popular hobby in the United States. Some of the historic boards in this amazing hoard are in excellent condition and date back to 1938,” said Larry Goldberg, co-owner of Goldberg Coins and Collectibles.

“They originally were created for collectors eight decades ago by well-known and not-so-well-known companies: Earl & Koehler; J. Oberwise & Company; and, of course, Whitman Publishing Company,” explained Goldberg. “Some of the companies offered to buy back the boards and coins when collectors filled the slots; an attractive incentive during the Great Depression.”

Many of the holes on these boards are filled with corresponding coins including Flying Eagle, Indian Head and early to mid-century Lincoln cents as well as Liberty Head and Buffalo/Indian Head nickels, and Barber and Mercury/Winged Liberty dimes.

“When I first saw these boards at the store it was like being a kid again and remembering the pure joy of putting coins into albums,” Manley recalled.

As a teenager, Manley worked at Fullerton coin shop and considered the store’s owner, William Pannier, an important mentor. When Pannier died in 2010, Manley purchased the store to keep it open. The shop originally opened in 1961 in downtown Fullerton, and Pannier bought it in 1976.

Interestingly, some of the coin board manufacturers used descriptions different than those commonly used today by numismatists. For example, a 1938 Whitman board for Barber dimes uses the title “LIBERTY HEAD DIME,” and another Whitman board for Barber dimes is titled “MORGAN DIME – LIBERTY HEAD.”

The individual boards, including the coins in them, have pre-auction estimates ranging from $200 to $750 and up.

“We’ve already had many inquiries about these historic coin boards, and it will be interesting to see how they do in our Pre-Long Beach auction,” said Goldberg.

For additional information, contact Goldberg Coins and Collectibles by phone at 310-551-2646, by email at info@GoldbergCoins.com and online at www.GoldbergCoins.com.

NGC Grades Gold and Palladium Rarities in Germany

NGC graded two significant collections during its on-site grading event in Munich, Germany, held February 18–23, 2019. The collections were submitted by SINCONA AG, a prominent Zurich, Switzerland-based numismatic auction house.

One collection comprised a variety of vintage US coins dating from 1794 to 1937, including numerous high-grade gold coins. The other collection featured a remarkably diverse set of modern palladium coins.

Now entirely certified by NGC, the two collections will be sold by SINCONA May 20–22. The US gold rarities will be featured in a standalone catalog of NGC-certified coins, while the palladium rarities will be included in another catalog with other bullion coins.

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