United States Mint Holiday Ornaments on Sale October 21

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2021 editions of the Mighty Minters’ Ornament and the United States Mint Ornament on October 21 at noon EDT. Orders for both products are limited to 15 units per household for the first 24 hours of sales.

Crafted in solid brass and imitation rhodium, both ornaments feature the final coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program with the familiar George Washington obverse (heads) design visible. “2021,” “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST” appear on the obverse (heads) of the quarter, which has an uncirculated finish. Additional details are below.

Mighty Minters’ Ornament
This year, the ornament has a “Winter is Sweet” theme and highlights Mighty Minters Layla, a peahen, and Eli the fox, the Mint’s coin-collecting ambassadors. The America the Beautiful Quarters coin is centered between the Mighty Minters and two red and white candy canes. Priced at $27.95, this delightful ornament is perfect for gift-giving and will appeal to children and adults alike. The United States Mint Seal is engraved on the back of the ornament, along with “Made in the U.S.A.” and “©2021 U.S. Mint.” A silver-colored cord is attached.

The Mighty Minters&esquires; Ornament has festive red packaging that replicates the ornament design on the front. The back of the packaging lists descriptive information about the coin and Mighty Minters’ Layla and Eli, along with the Mint Director’s signature.

2021 United States Mint Ornament
This year’s ornament has a festive wreath-like design with a brilliant holly motif enhanced by two deer silhouettes on each side. The intricate and reflective holly design includes berries shaded in red and a stylized red ring that encircles the quarter. An engraved version of the United States Mint Seal is on the back of the ornament, along with “MADE IN THE U.S.A.” and “©2021 U.S. Mint.” This one-of-a kind ornament is suspended from a red ribbon and is priced at $29.95.

The United States Mint Ornament is displayed in a beautiful green box and includes a Certificate of Authenticity with information about the coin and the ornament. The United States Mint Seal and the words “2021 United States Mint Ornament” are hot stamped in silver foil on the top of the lid.

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Mighty Minters Ornament – https://catalog.usmint.gov/mighty-minters-2021-ornament-21XT.html (product code 21XT)
United States Mint Ornament – https://catalog.usmint.gov/united-states-mint-2021-ornament-21XU.html (product code 21XU)

The Mint’s Holiday Ornaments are also included in the Product Enrollment Program. Click on the link for details.

To view additional United States Mint products, visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/.

Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date of October 21, 2021, at noon EDT.

To reduce the risk of employee exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, the Mint’s sales centers are closed until further notice. Please use the United States Mint catalog site at https://catalog.usmint.gov/ as your primary source of the most current information on product and service status.

ANA College Scholarship Renamed

On September 14, the ANA Board of Governors voted unanimously to name the Association’s annual higher education scholarship the Gerome Walton Memorial College Scholarship to honor Gerome Walton’s countless contributions to the ANA. An accomplished numismatist and longtime ANA volunteer, Walton procured a Modern Woodmen grant, which helps to fund the scholarship.

Walton served as the ANA’s assistant treasurer from 1988 until his passing in August 2021. He was an avid numismatic author and researcher who generously contributed his expertise to the ANA. In 1978 he wrote A History of Nebraska Banking and Paper Money, which became the preeminent reference on the topic. His August 2020 Numismatist article, “The Women Behind Nebraska Bank Notes,” earned the second-place ANA Catherine Sheehan Literary Award for U.S. Paper Money Studies.

The Gerome Walton Memorial College Scholarship is awarded annually to two deserving students based on exceptional academic performance, numismatic accomplishments and financial need. The scholarship provides $1,000 to go toward the winners’ tuition, books or supplies, and recipients are eligible to receive the scholarship for up to four years.

Applications for the 2022 Gerome Walton Memorial College Scholarship will be available in January. Applicants must be high school seniors and members of the Association.

For additional information, contact ANA Education Director Rod Gillis at (719) 482-9845 or email gillis@money.org.

2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Proof Set™ Available on October 14

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Proof Set on October 14 at noon EDT. The set is priced at $24.00.

The American Innovation® $1 Coin Program is a multi-year series featuring coins with distinctive reverse (tails) designs that celebrate America’s ingenuity and the pioneering efforts of individuals or groups from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. The 2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Proof Set includes coins honoring innovations from New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, and North Carolina. Designs for these coins were created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designers and sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artists. Descriptions of the coins are below.

New Hampshire – The reverse depicts Ralph Baer’s brown box game “Handball” on the right side of the coin. The left side of the coin features “NEW HAMPSHIRE” and “PLAYER 1” on an incused background. “IN-HOME VIDEO GAME SYSTEM” and “RALPH BAER” encircle the outside of the coin in a text that is meant to pay homage to Ralph Baer’s Odyssey game. The additional inscription is “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” The coin’s design is also symbolic of an arcade token. AIP Designer Christina Hess created the design, which was sculpted by Medallic Artist Eric David Custer.

Virginia – The reverse of this coin depicts a view of the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel as a cross section cut away, illustrating the ingenuity involved in constructing it. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “VIRGINIA.” AIP Designer Matt Swaim created this design, which Medallic Artist John P. McGraw sculpted.

New York – Created by AIP Designer Ronald D. Sanders and sculpted by Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill, the reverse of this coin depicts a packet boat being pulled from a city in the East toward the country areas to the West. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “NEW YORK.”

North Carolina – This reverse features a stack of three textbooks with “First Public University” on the spine of the middle book. A lamp of knowledge is perched atop the books, and olive branches curve around the edge of the design. Additional inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “NORTH CAROLINA.” The design was created by AIP Designer Ronald D. Sanders and sculpted by Chief Engraver Joseph Menna.

The obverse (heads) of all American Innovation $1 Coins depicts a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” The design also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation. The inscriptions “2021,” “S” mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the coins’ edge. AIP Designer Justin Kunz created the design, which Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill sculpted.

All coins in the set were struck at the Mint’s San Francisco facility. A Certificate of Authenticity is included.

To sign up for a REMIND ME alert, please visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/american-innovation-2021-1-coin-proof-set-21GA.html (product code 21GA).

The American Innovation $1 Coin Proof Sets are included in the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program. Structured like a magazine subscription, this program affords customers the convenience of signing up to receive automatic shipments of products in a series. The shipments continue until the enrollment is cancelled. For details, visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/shop/enrollments/.

Additional products in the American Innovation $1 Coin Program are available at https://catalog.usmint.gov/coins/coin-programs/american-innovation-dollar-coins/.

Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date of October 14, 2021, at noon EDT.

To reduce the risk of employee exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, the Mint’s sales centers are closed until further notice. Please use the United States Mint catalog site at https://catalog.usmint.gov/ as your primary source of the most current information on product and service status.

The Royal Mint celebrates 100 Years of Insulin on official UK coin

Designer Iris De La Torre reveals The Royal Mints 100 Years of Insulin 50p

The Royal Mint has launched a commemorative 50p coin in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin, marking the historic medical breakthrough for the first time on official UK coin.

The 100 Years of Insulin 50p celebrates the life-saving treatment for diabetes discovered by researchers; Dr John Macleod, Sir Frederick Banting, Dr Charles Best and Dr James Collip in 1921.

Designed by renowned artist Iris De La Torre, the contemporary design is an artistic interpretation of the structure of insulin along with its molecular formula.

Inspired by an image of human insulin crystals through a microscope, the design features a geometric pattern repeat using hexagons and circular shapes on the canvas of an official UK 50p coin.

The new 50p coin, available in brilliant uncirculated and precious metals, is the fifth release in The Royal Mint’s ‘Innovation in Science’ series, which pays tribute to some of the greatest scientific discoveries.

The latest 50p follows commemorative coins in recognition of the life and work of inventors Charles Babbage, John Logie Baird, Rosalind Franklin and Stephen Hawking, as part of the collectable series.

The Royal Mint’s Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin Clare Maclennan said: “The collectable 100 Years of Insulin 50p, designed by artist Iris De La Torre, is a beautiful piece of art which celebrates the importance of the ground-breaking discovery of insulin on an official UK coin. A landmark medical breakthrough of the twentieth century, it has transformed the lives of people with diabetes for 100 years and is a fitting addition to our Innovation in Science collectable series, marking the greatest scientific innovations and the remarkable people behind them.”

Designer of the 100 Years of Insulin 50p, artist Iris De La Torre, said: “Coins are pieces of art and maintainers of history and tradition and so to see my design on an official UK coin that celebrates and raises awareness of such an important discovery is a dream come true.”

Speaking of the design, she added: “I came up with a design inspired by images of an accurate segmentation of single-isolated human insulin crystals for in-situ microscopy that I found in a medical document online. The image shows segments of human insulin crystals in the form of hexagons. It is a beautiful image and inspired a pattern repeat which worked well on the 50p coin.”

Professor Mirela Delibegovic, Director of the University of Aberdeen’s Cardiovascular and Diabetes Centre, consulted with The Royal Mint on this project, adding: “The insulin breakthrough is one of the most significant in medical sciences and was led by a team which included University of Aberdeen graduate JJR MacLeod. We are delighted to see this legacy recognised on a UK coin. This beautiful design is a fitting tribute to the Toronto research team and for all the researchers who have followed in their footsteps by working on new ways to treat and manage diabetes.”

The 100 Years of Insulin 50p coin is available to purchase from today at The Royal Mint website.

The Royal Mint in collaboration with the Imperial War Museums reveals a commemorative coin dedicated to marking Remembrance Day

The Remembrance Day 2021 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin reverse – UK21RDSP

The Royal Mint, the original maker of UK coins, in collaboration with the Imperial War Museums, has today revealed a commemorative coin dedicated to marking Remembrance Day.

This year’s Remembrance Day commemorative coin features a reverse design created by the acclaimed artist Gary Breeze. Alongside symbolic red poppies, the coin carries an inscription from the famous fourth stanza of Laurence Binyon’s enduring poem ‘For the Fallen’, a tribute to those who died during the First World War.

Using the latest innovative technology, the poppies that feature on the coin have been digitally printed to add the vivid red colour that is commonly associated with the flower.

Clare Maclennan, Director of the Commemorative Coin Division at The Royal Mint said, “We are honoured to be revealing this year’s Remembrance Day commemorative coin in collaboration with the Imperial War Museums. The Royal Mint’s Remembrance Day commemorative coin provides a poignant tribute to all who served in both world wars as well as a reminder of the brave men and women in our Armed Forces – past and present.”

Designer of the Remembrance Day coin, Gary Breeze, reveals his inspiration behind this year’s design, “In 2015, I produced a commemorative stamp for the Royal Mail featuring the same fragment of the poem ‘For The Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon. I find the words incredibly moving – there is perhaps no greater sadness than that which is felt on waking up and this is expressed so economically in that single sentence. I wanted the inscription on the coin to be incised, like lettering on a war memorial, and the style is inspired by lettering from the interwar period.”

The first Remembrance Day was held on 11 November 1919 – exactly one year after the signing of the Armistice with Germany. Remembrance Day provides veterans and the public with an opportunity to come together to honour the service and sacrifice of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.

The coin is available to be purchased in Silver Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated editions from www.royalmint.com.

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