On August 28, the first colorized coins ever produced by the US Mint are being released: a Basketball Hall of Fame 2020-S Colorized Half Dollar and 2020-P Colorized Silver Dollar. NGC is offering a special attribution — First Colorized US Coins — to celebrate this historic innovation in US coinage.
Along with the attribution, the vibrant NGC Basketball Celebration Special Label is offered for free to all submitters. NGC designations, including Tip Off Releases for coins received within the first week of release and Early Releases and First Releases for coins received within the first 30 days of release, are also available.
For years, collectors have wondered if the US Mint would ever create a colorized coin. When it was announced that a portion of the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins would be colorized, there was tremendous excitement throughout the hobby.
In addition to being the first colorized coins ever produced by the US Mint, the basketball coins are only the third US curved coins. These factors — and a limited mintage of just 75,000 coins for each issue — make the colorized basketball coins a must-have for many collectors.