United States Mint Set to Release Coins Recognizing the Fight Against Breast Cancer on March 15

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for product options in the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program beginning on March 15 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

Public Law 114-148—the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Act—authorizes this three-coin program in recognition of America’s fight against breast cancer. The program includes a clad coin, a silver coin, and the Nation’s first-ever gold coin with a pink hue.

The table below lists available product options and their prices. Each option comes with the Mint’s customary Certificate of Authenticity.

18CE Proof $5 Gold Coin See pricing grid See pricing grid
18CF Uncirculated $5 Gold Coin See pricing grid See pricing grid
18CG Proof Silver Dollar $51.95 $56.95
18CH Uncirculated Silver Dollar $48.95 $53.95
18CJ Proof Clad Half Dollar $27.95 $32.95
18CK Uncirculated Clad Half Dollar $25.95 $30.95

The introductory sales period ends on April 16, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET. At that time, regular pricing will take effect.

The Mint prices gold product options according to the range in which they appear on the Mint’s “2018 Pricing of Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, and Platinum Products” table, available here.

Coin prices include surcharges of $35 for each gold coin, $10 for each silver coin, and $5 for each half dollar coin. The Mint is authorized to distribute the surcharges—in accordance with the law—to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to further its efforts in breast cancer research.

Public law authorizes the Mint to strike and issue up to 50,000 gold coins, 400,000 silver dollar coins, and 750,000 half dollar coins in proof and uncirculated qualities. Customer demand will determine the ratio of proof to uncirculated coins minted within the authorized mintage limits.

In October 2018, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Mint will offer a coin and stamp set featuring the Breast Cancer Awareness Proof Half Dollar and a Breast Cancer Awareness Stamp from the U.S. Postal Service. This product option will be limited to 25,000 units.

The Mint will accept orders at catalog.usmint.gov/ 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468), while 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.

The Mint will limit orders for the gold coins to one per household per product option, across all sales channels, including bulk purchases, for the first 24 hours of sales. The Mint will remove the limit at the end of the 24-hour sales period.

Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Emily Damstra won the Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Design Competition. Her obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) designs are depicted on all coins in this program. Damstra’s obverse design features two women. The older woman has her hands on her chest and a relieved expression on her face. The younger woman, with a scarf on her head, holds one hand over her chest and the other raised in a fist as if she is ready to fight. A butterfly flies above the two women. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “2018,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

Damstra’s reverse design features a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly in flight, a symbol of hope. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “BREAST CANCER AWARENESS,” and the respective denomination of each coin: “FIVE DOLLARS” for the pink-hued gold coin, “ONE DOLLAR” for the silver coin, and “HALF DOLLAR” for the clad coin.

Alabama Becomes 37th State with a Sales-Tax Exemption

On Tuesday, March 6, 2018, Alabama governor Kay Ivey signed into law Senate Bill 156 to exempt the gross proceeds from the sales of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion, and money from sales and use tax for five years. The law is a sales-and-use tax exemption on U.S.A. coins and currency and precious-metals bullion sales.

“The bill’s author, Senator Tim Melson along with its House sponsor, Representative Ron Johnson, championed the bill through the legislature,” said Phil Darby (J & P Coins and Currency, Helena, Alabama). “Alabama coin businesses and collectors owe them a debt of gratitude.”

In the summer of 2016, Darby, and Steve Caiola (Alabama Gold Refinery, Homewood, Alabama) started collaborating with the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) on a campaign to obtain a state coin, currency, and precious-metals bullion sales-tax exemption. Darby and Caiola hired Graham Champion (Public Strategies, Montgomery, Alabama) as the campaign’s lobbyist. Darby, Caiola, Champion, ICTA treasurer Pat Heller, and ICTA chief operating officer David Crenshaw met with the state’s department of revenue deputy commissioner, Michael Gamble, to lay the exemption’s groundwork. In short, our bill (and many others) never came up for debate in the House because other, contentious legislation ruled the 2017 session. Along with hundreds of other bills, our bill died when the session adjourned sine die on May 19, 2017. For the next year’s session, Champion secured Representative Johnson to sponsor our House legislation.

“We promoted the sales-tax exemption as a legitimate jobs and economic-development issue with the legislators,” said lobbyist Champion. “We were pleased with the unanimous support of our legislation in both houses, recognizing the benefits to the state’s revenue, to in-state businesses, and to in-state investors and collectors from eliminating the sales tax. We are also very appreciative that Governor Ivey signed the bill.

“Alabama now joins the 36 other states with a sales-tax exemption,” said Crenshaw. “We thank Phil Darby, Steve Caiola, lobbyist Graham Champion, Representative Johnson, Senator Melson, ICTA Alabama members, and everyone who helped make this exemption a reality.”

The bill was enrolled on Tuesday, February 27, and ratified and presented to Governor Ivey for her signature. The new law’s effective date is June 1, 2018.

“The ICTA partnership, along with lobbyist Graham Champion, was invaluable to the success of our efforts,” said Caiola.

Alabama is now eligible to host a national coin show such as the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo. With three industry leading events in Baltimore, Whitman Coin & Collectibles Expo is North America’s leading producer of coin and currency shows.

“We have discussed the possibility of hosting a show in Alabama, however, we have been reluctant because of the sales-tax obstacle,” said Mary Burleson, president Whitman Publishing. “The new law allows us to once again give serious consideration to hosting a successful show in Alabama.”

Now Available – World War I – 2018 Intaglio Print Homefront

First Day of Sale: March 8, 2018 (8:00 a.m. ET) – The Bureau of Engraving and Printing is pleased to introduce, “Homefront,”one of three cards in the “World War I – 100th Anniversary 2018” Intaglio Print Program. The Treasury Department issued Liberty Loans and Victory Bonds produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing to assist with financing the Great War. This collection highlights inspiring allegorical and historical figures featured on these bonds, engraved American iconography, and currency issued during the War. The complete three-card collection is available for $51.00.

NOTE: This product will begin shipping on March 22, 2018.

Please visit our website for additional product information at www.moneyfactorystore.gov.

New 2019 Official Red Book Includes More Coins, More Die Variety Photos

Best-Selling Annual Guide Prices Nearly 8,000 Items

(Pelham, AL) — The 72nd edition of the hobby’s Guide Book of United States Coins (popularly known as the “Red Book”) will debut at the Whitman Baltimore Coin and Collectibles Expo on March 22, 2018. It features new and extensively updated content reflecting the current market for collectible coins. The Red Book can be pre-ordered online (including at Whitman.com) in several formats. After the Baltimore Expo it will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide.

Coin collectors have used the Red Book to value their collections since the 1st edition was published in 1946. Over many years of guiding the publication through numerous revisions and improvements, long-time Senior Editor Kenneth Bressett, now serving in the role of Editor Emeritus, has often commented on the grassroots nature of the guide, and the way collectors regard it as a book that belongs to the entire hobby. “The Red Book is a reliable standard reference written not only for collectors, but by collectors,” said Bressett. “Through their constant vigilance and input hobbyists contribute significantly each year to the Red Book’s consistency and reflection of market trends.”

At 464 pages the new 72nd edition prices nearly 8,000 entries in up to 9 grades each, with more than 32,000 retail valuations in total. “The Red Book gives a deep, wide-ranging look at today’s retail prices,” said Senior Editor Jeff Garrett. “We draw on the experience of more than 100 active coin dealers and market analysts nationwide.”

Research Editor Q. David Bowers said, “The Red Book is a single-volume library. It gives collectors and dealers valuable historical information for every U.S. coin series, from half cents up through gold $20 coins, and more.” These are illustrated by 2,000 photographs, including more enlarged close-ups of rare die varieties this year.

The latest coins from the United States Mint—Lincoln cents, Jefferson nickels, Roosevelt dimes, America the Beautiful quarters, Kennedy half dollars, Native American dollars, commemorative coins, and government-packaged coin sets—are kept up to date.

The 72nd-edition Red Book includes illustrations of the Mint’s new 2018 Centennial of World War I silver medals honoring the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Service, and Coast Guard, plus the World War I silver dollar and the new program of Breast Cancer Awareness commemoratives, including, struck for the first time ever, a pink gold $5 coin.

The 72nd edition covers 71 additional new issues compared to the 71st edition, and 15 new coin sets. Mintages have been updated across the board using the latest numismatic research and government data.

The 72nd edition continues a section that debuted with the 70th, covering foreign coins that circulated as legal tender in the British American colonies and early United States. This section includes photographs, history, and pricing for collectible Spanish-American, Dutch, French, and English coins dating from the 1550s to the 1820s.

Expansions and updates are also seen in the appendices. The appendix on modern U.S. Mint medals covers more than 40 medals and sets, now including the American Revolution Bicentennial medals, National Wildlife Refuge System centennial medals, silver Presidential medals, and others.

As in past years, collectors will benefit from the Red Book’s recent auction records provided for significant rare coins. Listed throughout the charts are nearly 200 notable auction results. Combined with the listed retail prices, the auction data help advanced collectors understand the modern market for high-priced rarities.

In addition, the appendix of the “Top 250 U.S. Coin Prices Realized at Auction” has been fully updated. Since the last edition 2 more coins have broken the $1 million mark, for a new total of 95. The coin at #250, a 1794 silver dollar, sold for $4,200 more than #250 in last year’s edition.

In a positive measure of the health of the hobby and ongoing numismatic research, the Red Book’s bibliography includes 28 standard references published within the past five years.

The cover of the spiral-bound 72nd edition shows a mix of classic and modern American coins: a 1792 Birch cent, a 2017 Boys Town commemorative silver dollar, and an 1855-S Liberty Seated half dollar.

All versions and formats of the 72nd-edition Red Book will be available at its national debut at the Whitman Publishing booth during the Baltimore Expo, March 22–25, 2018, at the Baltimore Convention Center.

About the Guide Book of United States Coins

A Guide Book of United States Coins is the world’s most popular annual retail price guide for U.S. coins, tokens, and other numismatic items. 24 million copies have been purchased since 1946, making it one of the best-selling nonfiction titles in the history of U.S. publishing.

For the 72nd edition, more than 140 professional coin dealers, scholars, and other numismatic experts contributed their knowledge under the direction of Senior Editor Jeff Garrett, Research Editor Q. David Bowers, and Editor Emeritus Kenneth Bressett.

The 72nd edition of the Red Book is available online and at bookstores and hobby shops nationwide. In addition to offering a Large Print Edition and several formats of the regular edition (hardcover; spiralbound softcover; and spiralbound hardcover), Whitman Publishing is also taking pre-orders for the leather-bound Limited Edition (250 copies autographed by Bressett). Details about the forthcoming 1,504-page expanded Deluxe Edition, popularly known as MEGA RED™, will be available at the Whitman Baltimore Expo and pre-orders will be taken for anticipated delivery in June. For more information and to order, visit Whitman Publishing at www.Whitman.com.

About Whitman Publishing

Whitman Publishing is the world’s leading producer of numismatic reference books, supplies, and products to display and store coins and paper money. The company’s high-quality books educate readers in the rich, colorful history of American and world coinage and currency, and teach how to build great a collection. Archival-quality Whitman folders, albums, cases, and other holders keep collectibles safe and allow them to be shown off to friends and family.

Whitman Publishing is the Official Supplier of the American Numismatic Association. As a benefit of membership in the ANA, members can borrow the Red Book (and other Whitman books) for free from the Association’s Dwight N. Manley Numismatic Library, and also receive 10% off all Whitman purchases. Details are at www.money.org.

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A Guide Book of United States Coins, 72nd edition
464 pages
Full color
By R.S. Yeoman; senior editor Jeff Garrett; research editor Q. David Bowers;
  editor emeritus Kenneth Bressett.

$15.95 convenient lay-flat spiralbound
$17.95 classic red hardcover
$19.95 spiralbound hardcover
$29.95 Large Print Edition
$49.95 expanded Deluxe Edition (1,504 pages)
$99.95 leather-bound Limited Edition (250 copies)
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