New Appointee Joins Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

Harcourt Fuller
(Image from his profile page at GSU)

WASHINGTON – The United States Minthas appointed Dr. Harcourt Fuller to the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC), as the member recommended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He replaces Thomas J. Uram, who recently completed his second term on the CCAC, which included two years as chairperson.

Currently an Associate Professor of African and African Diaspora History in the Department of History at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Dr. Fuller has taught at Connecticut College, Florida International University, and Emmanuel College. He was also a Visiting Scholar and Researcher at Boston University.

A coin and currency collector since his childhood years, Dr. Fuller is a member of the American Numismatic Association and the International Bank Note Society. His numismatic research has been highlighted in Coin World and the IBNS Journal, and in 2021, he spoke at the Metropolitan Coin Club of Atlanta, and his “Money Talks” presentation was featured at the American Numismatic Society. He is also the creator of the traveling museum exhibition, Black Money Exhibit: World Currencies Featuring African and African Diasporic History and Cultures; the Black Money Exhibit soundtrack; and the forthcoming documentary film, Black Women on Money.

Dr. Fuller holds a Ph.D. in International History and an M.Sc. (with Merit) in History of International Relations from the London School of Economics. He also holds a B.A. in International Studies, an M.A. in History, and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the City College of New York. His notable awards include a Fulbright Global Scholar Award, a Whiting Public Humanities Fellowship, and an Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society Grant. During his graduate studies, he held the position of Research Assistant in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum in London.

Dr. Fuller is also the producer of the award-winning documentary film Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess (2015), which chronicles the history and legacy of the 18th century African-Jamaican anti-slavery leader, Nanny of the Maroons.

About the CCAC

The CCAC was established by an Act of Congress in 2003. It advises the Secretary of the Treasury on theme or design proposals relating to circulating coinage, bullion coinage, Congressional Gold Medals, and other medals produced by the United States Mint. The CCAC also makes commemorative coin recommendations to the Secretary and advises on the events, persons, or places to be commemorated, as well as on the mintage levels and proposed designs. The CCAC is subject to the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury. The United States Mint is responsible for providing necessary and appropriate administrative support, technical services, and advice.

The CCAC submits an annual report to Congress and the Secretary of the Treasury, describing its activities and providing recommendations.

Important news about American Innovation® Program Enrollments

U.S. MintPlease note: 2021 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coins will no longer be available for individual sale.

The following coins will only be available in the 2021 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Set (21GC):

  • 2021 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin – New Hampshire (21GE)
  • 2021 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin – Virginia (21GF)
  • 2021 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin – North Carolina (21GG)
  • 2021 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin – New York (21GH)

Those enrolled to receive the American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Coin™ will be automatically enrolled to receive the 2021 American Innovation $1 Reverse Proof Set™, scheduled for release on November 8, 2021.

If you do not wish to receive the Reverse Proof Set, you may visit your Account Enrollments page and opt out of receiving the set 30 days prior to its release.

We appreciate your continuing support for this program and we hope you continue to collect the American Innovation Reverse Proof coins.

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U.S. Mint 2021 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set Featuring American Eagle Coins Available on October 1

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2021 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set–American Eagle Collection on October 1 at noon EDT. Production is limited to 50,000, with orders limited to one per household for the first 24 hours of sales.

This exquisite set includes the following six proof quality coins:

  • One American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin – New Design, “S” Mint mark
    The obverse (heads) of this coin features a refreshed depiction of Adolph A. Weinman’s full-length figure of Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended and branches of laurel and oak in her left. For the 2021 coin, the Mint returned to its original historical assets to render a closer reflection of Weinman’s original vision that includes the addition of his traditional artist mark.

    The new reverse (tails) depicts a single eagle as it approaches a landing, carrying an oak branch as if to add it to a nest. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “1 OZ. FINE SILVER,” and “ONE DOLLAR.”

  • One American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin – Classic Design, “W” Mint mark
    The obverse features Adolph A. Weinman’s original Walking Liberty design depicting the full-length figure of Liberty in full stride, enveloped in folds of the flag, with her right hand extended and branches of laurel and oak in her left. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2021.” The reverse displays former Chief Engraver John Mercanti’s rendition of a heraldic eagle with shield, an olive branch in the right talon, and arrows in the left. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “1 OZ. FINE SILVER – ONE DOLLAR.”
  • One America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin
    The final quarter in this series honors the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama. The coin’s obverse (heads) depicts a restored 1932 portrait of George Washington by sculptor John Flanagan. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.” The reverse depicts a Tuskegee Airman pilot suiting up to join the fight during World War II with the Moton Field control tower in the background. The pilot looks upward with pride and confidence as two P-51 Mustangs pass overhead. The inscription “THEY FOUGHT TWO WARS” is arced across the top as a reference to the dual battles the Tuskegee Airmen fought—fascism abroad and racial discrimination at home. Inscriptions are “TUSKEGEE AIRMEN,” “ALABAMA,” “2021,” and “E PLURIBUS UNUM.”
  • One Washington Crossing the Delaware Quarter
    The obverse marks a return to the familiar depiction of George Washington by John Flanagan as it appeared on the quarter from 1932 to 1998. It was modified for the 50 State Quarters and America the Beautiful Quarters Programs. In this depiction, Washington’s portrait is larger, with higher relief. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2021.” The reverse depicts General George Washington commanding his troops through the overnight crossing of the ice-choked Delaware River prior to the Battle of Trenton during the American Revolutionary War. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “CROSSING THE DELAWARE,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”
  • One Kennedy half dollar
  • One Roosevelt dime

The quarters, half dollar, and dime are struck in 99.9 percent silver. All coins are housed in a single lens and inserted in a black presentation case. A Certificate of Authenticity is included.

The 2021 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set is priced at $235.00. To set up a REMIND ME alert, visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/limited-edition-2021-silver-proof-set-american-eagle-collection-21RCN.html (product code 21RCN). This product is not included in the Mint’s Bulk Purchase Program.

View additional United States Mint American Eagle products at https://catalog.usmint.gov/coins/coin-programs/american-eagle-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 and time of October 1, 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.

Long Beach Expo Opens Doors This Week

The First Long Beach Collectibles Show Since 2020 Will Be Held This Week at Long Beach Convention Center September 30-October 2, 2021

(Long Beach, California — September 28, 2021) The Long Beach Expo, the largest coin, currency, stamp, and sports collectible show on the West Coast, will return for the first time since 2020 when it opens its doors to the public this week from September 30 through October 2, 2021, at the Long Beach Convention Center. The Long Beach Expo will be headlined by lot viewings for a multimillion-dollar sale by Heritage Auctions and sport more than 400 collectibles dealers. Among the attractions are a rare collection of copper United States large cents dating back to the 18 th century, opportunities to meet with coin and sports memorabilia experts, on-site collectibles grading, the chance to win gold coins and sports rarities, and much more.

For free admission to this week’s Long Beach Expo September 30 through October 2, 2021, visit: https://www.longbeachexpo.com/visitors/registration and use promo code “LBEPR”.

“We are excited to kick off the first Long Beach Expo in more than 18 months,” says PCGS Interim President Stephanie Sabin. “There is so much pent-up energy across all areas of collectibles right now, and we’ve seen this in record prices for coins, sports cards, and more. With all the excitement in the coin and collectibles community and a wide variety of popular attractions at the Long Beach Expo, I’m sure we will have a very busy convention floor this week!”

Among the many Long Beach Expo highlights are:

  • Heritage Auctions — The official auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo and world’s largest collectibles auctioneer will showcase many exciting lots for its upcoming Signature Auctions (U.S. Coins #1334 and U.S. Currency #3585) to be held October 7-10 from their headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Learn more about Heritage Auctions, explore their complete Signature Auction schedule, and find out how to consign to future Heritage Auctions events by visiting our Auctions [https://www.longbeachexpo.com/auctions] page.
  • PCGS Set Registry Presents: The Walter J. Husak Collection of Large Cents, 1793-1814 (Booth #413) — The culmination of indescribable patience and effort, this collection includes 87 remarkable specimens of large, heavy copper coins totaling more than $7 million in value. This collection consists of many of the finest specimens known of the very first coins ever struck by the U.S. Mint for mass circulation, predating the silver and gold coinage that came along in the mid-1790s.
  • PCGS On-Site Grading (Booth #401) — PCGS is offering on-site grading submissions for banknotes at Express or higher service level through Thursday, September 30 at 5 PM and for coins through Friday, October 1 at 5 PM. Be sure to take advantage of a special PCGS $10 Crossover special for U.S. coins that don’t cross.
  • PSA Grading & PSA/DNA Authentication (Booth #1061) — PSA will be offering on-site and drop-off grading for limited trading card authentication and grading services and accepting drop-off submissions for autograph authentication services.
  • “Meet the Expert” Coin Sessions at the PCGS (Booth #401) — Come by the PCGS booth to meet Steve Feltner, PCGS director of numismatic education and outreach. You can receive in-person insights on your collectible coins, and collectors of all ages and experience are welcome! Visit Steve at the PCGS booth (#401) 10:30 AM through 12:30 PM on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1.
  • “Meet the Expert” Sport Sessions at the Memory Lane Booth (Booth #1047) — Bring your sports items for an evaluation by the Memory Lane experts. You might even receive an offer! Get an opportunity to find out more about your sports collectibles and what they’re worth 11 AM through 12 PM on Thursday, September 30; Friday, October 1; and Saturday October 2.
  • Win A Free Gold Coin and Sports Prize — Each day of the show we’ll award an American Eagle One-Half Oz. Gold coin and an authenticated sports jersey to a show attendee! Preregister for the show and be automatically entered to win! Drawings take place at 2 PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. * Attendees must be present to win.

The Long Beach Expo will be held from September 30 and runs through October 2. Doors open 10 AM through 6:30 PM on Thursday, September 30 and Friday, October 1, and 10 AM through 4:30 PM on Saturday, October 2. The Long Beach Expo will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center — Hall C, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California 90802.

About Long Beach Expo

Since 1964, the Long Beach Expo (LBE) has been the leading international trade show in the coin, currency, stamp, and sports collectibles industry held by Expos Unlimited. Located in Long Beach, California, the Long Beach Expo brings together more than 10,000 dealers and collectors worldwide at its three shows held three times per year, hosted by Expos Unlimited, a division of  Collectors Universe  and a sister company of  Professional Coin Grading Service  (PCGS),  Professional Sports Authenticator  (PSA),  Certified Coin Exchange  (CCE),  Collectors Corner  and  Coinflation. To learn more about the Long Beach Expo, visit  www.longbeachexpo.com  or follow on  Instagram Twitter  and  Facebook.

2021 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set® Available September 28

WASHINGTON – The 2021 United States Mint (Mint) Uncirculated Coin Set® will be available for purchase on September 28 at noon (EDT). This year, the set contains two folders with seven coins each—one with coins from the United States Mint at Philadelphia and the other with coins from the United States Mint at Denver. The following coins are included along with a Certificate of Authenticity:

One America the Beautiful Quarters® Program Coin honoring the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama—the final coin in the program.
The reverse (tails) depicts a Tuskegee Airman pilot suiting up to join the fight during World War II with the Moton Field control tower in the background. The pilot looks upward with pride and confidence as two P-51 Mustangs pass overhead. The inscription “THEY FOUGHT TWO WARS” is arced across the top as a reference to the dual battles the Tuskegee Airmen fought—fascism abroad and racial discrimination at home. United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Chris Costello created the design, which United States Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill sculpted.

The obverse (heads) depicts a restored 1932 portrait of George Washington by sculptor John Flanagan. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

One General George Washington Crossing the Delaware Quarter
The reverse features General George Washington commanding his troops through the overnight crossing of the ice-choked Delaware River prior to the Battle of Trenton during the American Revolutionary War. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “CROSSING THE DELAWARE,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.” AIP Designer Benjamin Sowards created the design, which was sculpted by former Medallic Artist Michael Gaudioso.

The obverse design marks a return to the familiar depiction of George Washington by John Flanagan as it appeared on the quarter from 1932 to 1998. It was modified for the 50 State Quarters and the America the Beautiful Quarters® Programs. In this depiction, Washington’s portrait is larger, with higher relief. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2021.”

One Native American $1 Coin
The theme of the 2021 coin is Native Americans in the U.S. Military. The reverse features eagle feathers, which were traditionally earned in battle or by performing a brave deed. Eagle feathers are revered and respected, receiving the utmost care and handling, and are to be displayed proudly in homes. Stars representing five branches of the U.S. Military are in the foreground, while a circle provides an additional reference to Native Americans. Inscriptions are “NATIVE AMERICANS – DISTINGUISHED MILITARY SERVICE SINCE 1775,” “$1,” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” AIP Designer Donna Weaver created the design, which Chief Engraver Joseph Menna sculpted.an additional reference to Native Americans. Inscriptions are “NATIVE AMERICANS – DISTINGUISHED MILITARY SERVICE SINCE 1775,” “$1,” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” AIP Designer Donna Weaver created the design, which Chief Engraver Joseph Menna sculpted.

The obverse retains the central figure of Sacagawea carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The year, mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.

  • One Kennedy half dollar
  • One Roosevelt dime
  • One Jefferson nickel
  • One Lincoln penny

The 2021 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set is priced at $25.25. To set up a REMIND ME alert, visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/uncirculated-coin-set-2021-21RJ.html (product code 21RJ). This recurring set may also be purchased through the Mint’s Product Enrollment Program and the Authorized Bulk Purchase Program. Click on the respective links 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 and time of September 28, 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.

Legend Rare Coin Auctions Renews Sponsorship of PCGS Members Only Shows

The New Jersey boutique coin auction firm will continue sponsoring the exclusive coin shows held by Professional Coin Grading Service

Santa Ana, California – September 18, 2021) – The longstanding partnership between Professional Coin Grading Service (www.PCGS.com) and Legend Rare Coin Auctions continues as the New Jersey boutique coin firm renews its sponsorship of the PCGS Members Only Coin Shows. The PCGS Members Only Shows, usually held six times per year, have long been headlined by Legend Rare Coin Auctions, which serves as the show’s official auction company.

“We are excited to continue working with Legend Rare Coin Auctions,” says PCGS Interim President Stephanie Sabin. “Our relationship with Legend goes back decades, and they have been such wonderful promoters not only of PCGS Members Only Shows but also of the hobby in general. Their auctions shine a light on some of the hobby’s most extraordinary coins, including storied seven-figure rarities such as the 1894-S Barber Dime, which they recently handled.”

“Legend Auctions has enjoyed a successful relationship with PCGS being the official auctioneer of the Members Only Shows,” remarks Legend Rare Coin Auctions Owner and President Laura Sperber. “We see sustained strong growth with PCGS’ worldwide audience. That’s exactly what we are seeking to expand the scope and eventually the size of our sales – the more action, the better coins we receive for sale.”

Sperber says it’s a “win-win” for both Legend Rare Coin Auctions and PCGS. “Plus, we love the PCGS Members Only Shows. Our boutique size is perfect for them. Attendance and the business transacted can rival major shows. We’ve met so many new people and picked up some lasting great customers. Attend one of these shows, its worthy of your time!”

PCGS Members Only Shows are typically held six times per year, with the primary location in Las Vegas with a rotation of additional cities across the United States. For more information about PCGS Members Only Shows, please visit https://www.pcgs.com/shows.

About Professional Coin Grading Service

Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) is a third-party coin and banknote grading company that was launched in 1986. Over 35 years, PCGS has examined and certified more than 47 million U.S. and world coins, medals, and tokens with a combined value of over $46 billion. For more information about PCGS products and services, including how to submit your coins for authentication and grading, please visit www.PCGS.com or call PCGS Customer Service at (800) 447-8848.

Skinner’s September Coins and Currency Sale Will Present an 1812 $5 “Capped Bust” half-eagle—estimated at $18,000-$20,000

The sale features a diverse selection of American, foreign and ancient coins as well ascoins from rare mints, including Carson City, Charlotte, New Orleans.

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Skinner Auctioneers will host an auction of Coins and Currency with online bidding open from September 14-21, 2021. The sale will feature a diverse selection of American, foreign and ancient coins, with the majority of the sale representing U.S. coins from the 19th and early 20th centuries, particularly early denomination gold. The sale is notable for its representation of type coinage as well as a range of domestic coins from rare mints, including Carson City, Charlotte and New Orleans.

The centerpiece of the sale is an 1812 $5 “Capped Bust” half-eagle, estimated at $18,000-$20,000, and minted just in advance of the War of 1812. Given that much of the early 19th-century gold has been melted and many coins were shipped overseas during this period, this coin is considered extremely rare. Its authenticity was certified by a third party in the 1980s and it has stayed in protective plating since then.

Also represented is a 1905 U.S. Liberty Head Quarter Eagle proof, estimated at $12,000-$14,000. This limited-series coin is in choice condition, and only 144 proofs of this version were originally struck. The remaining U.S. coins represented in this auction range from 1798 to 2011, with the exception of a 1652 Pine Tree shilling—estimated at $800- $1,200—the first coin minted in the United States during colonial times. Because only the king had the power to issue coins, the colonies were held hostage to very low circulation of hard currency during the early years, with all trade dependent on England. Massachusetts took advantage of a crisis of succession in 1652 – after Charles I was beheaded and before King James had been crowned – to begin minting currency for domestic circulation, an act of rebellion. This coin remains a powerful symbol of early American independence and audacity.

The sale will also highlight coins from Rome, Greece and ancient India. The most famous of these coins is the Athenian Owl tetradrachm, estimated at $600-$800, which remains among the most recognizable coins of the ancient world.

About Skinner

Skinner attracts top consignments and commands record-breaking prices in the international auction marketplace. With renowned expertise and extraordinary service, Skinner is the place for buyers, sellers and the passionately curious. Skinner appraisers are familiar faces on PBS’s 19-time Emmy Award-nominated ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. Visit us in Boston, Marlborough, New York, Maine, Florida, or online at https://www.skinnerinc.com.

The Royal Mint launches official 50p coin to honour British inventor Charles Babbage

The Royal Mint, the Original Maker of UK coins, is celebrating the life and legacy of Charles Babbage with a commemorative 50p coin, released to mark the 150th anniversary of his death.

As part of The Royal Mint’s ‘Innovation in Science’ series, which pays tribute to some of Britain’s greatest minds, the Charles Babbage 50p follows collectable coins in honour of John Logie Baird, Rosalind Franklin and Stephen Hawking.

An influential scientist, Charles Babbage was a lifelong inventor who believed that scientifi­c advancement should bene­fit everyone. He was best known for his mechanical calculator, or ‘Difference Engine,’ and conceived the Analytical Engine, that had many essential features found in modern digital computers.

Designed by Nigel Tudman and Jas Bhamra, the latest collectable coin honours Babbage’s legacy with a design that links his machinery to the digital age on the canvas of a 50p piece. The making of the Charles Babbage coin, available in brilliant uncirculated, gold, silver piedfort and silver, combines traditional minting skills and modern technology.

Clare Maclennan, The Royal Mint’s Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin, said: “Known as the Father of the Computer, Charles Babbage’s inventions have influenced the way we all work and play today, and there is possibly no greater example of the importance of his legacy than in recent times with the reliance of digital media during the pandemic.”

She added: “The collectable Charles Babbage 50p is the latest tribute to some of Britain’s greatest scientific inventors on official UK coin. Our Innovation in Science series has proved extremely popular with coin collectors and we are delighted to add Charles Babbage to the collection, marking 150 years since his death.”

Difference Engine edition of coins, designed and produced by The Royal Mint. Photographed on-gallery at the Science Museum in London, by Difference Engine No.2

Speaking of the coin design, London-based graphic designer Nigel Tudman said: “The Charles Babbage coin brief has been my favourite so far as it involved expressing the development of an idea; taking a complex subject and stripping it back to the essentials to create an attractive yet simple design that contains a subtle message or brain teaser.

“Our aim was to achieve a timeless design created in low relief on the canvas of a 50p which celebrated Babbage the inventor and took inspiration from his Difference Engines. Using a geometric modernist typeface and suggesting the horizontal and vertical bars and numbers from the original machine, the design reflects the movement and flow of the calculations in motion, adding the extra twist of encoding Babbage’s name.”

The coin is available to purchase from today in a range of precious metals and brilliant uncirculated at The Royal Mint website.

George H.W. Bush Coin and Chronicles Set Available on September 17

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will accept orders for the Coin and Chronicles Set–George H.W. Bush on September 17 at noon EDT. This special set includes:

  • One 2020 George H.W. Bush Presidential $1 Reverse Proof Coin (available only in this set)
  • One George H.W. Bush Presidential 99.9 percent silver medal produced in San Francisco (no mint mark)
  • One Barbara Bush First Spouse 1 5/16″ bronze medal
  • One U.S. postage stamp issued in 2019 in honor of President Bush, and
  • One biographical booklet including images from his life and presidency.

The $1 coin, silver medal, bronze medal, and stamp are displayed in a custom-designed folder with slip case. The Certificate of Authenticity is printed on the back of the packaging.

The obverse (heads) of the George H.W. Bush $1 Reverse Proof Coin was designed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Designer Elana Hagler and sculpted by Chief Engraver Joseph Menna. The design features the likeness of President Bush with the inscriptions “GEORGE H.W. BUSH,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “41st PRESIDENT,” “and “1989-1993.”

The coin’s reverse (tails), designed and engraved by former Mint Lead Engraver Don Everhart, depicts a striking rendition of the Statue of Liberty, with the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “$1.” “2020,” “S” (mint mark), and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the coin’s edge.

The Presidential Silver Medal is 99.9 percent silver and features the same designs as the Bush Presidential Bronze Medal. Designed and engraved by former Chief Engraver John Mercanti, the obverse features the President’s portrait with the White House in the background. The inscription “GEORGE BUSH” is centered along the top left border.

The medal’s reverse was designed and engraved by former Medallic Artist Chester Martin. The design depicts the Presidential Seal, flanked by draped, burning torches of liberty. The inscription “OUR TIME IS A TIME OF HISTORIC CHANGE, WHEN MEN AND NATIONS CAN TRANSFORM HISTORY” is centered at the top of the medal. The inscription “INAUGURATED JANUARY 20, 1989” is centered along its lower border.

The Barbara Bush First Spouse Bronze Medal bears the same central image as the First Spouse Gold Coin issued in her honor. The obverse depicts a portrait of Mrs. Bush with the inscriptions “BARBARA BUSH,” “41st,” and “1989-1993.” The design was created by AIP Designer Benjamin Sowards and sculpted by Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill.

The reverse depicts a person reading, with an open road symbolizing literacy, knowledge, and life’s journey. The sun represents the promise of a brighter future. The reverse design was created by AIP Designer Barbara Fox and sculpted by former Mint Medallic Artist John P. McGraw.

The George H.W. Bush Coin and Chronicles Set is priced at $120. Production is limited to 35,000 units, with orders limited to one per household for the first 24 hours. To set up a REMIND ME alert, visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/coin-and-chronicles-set-george-herbert-walker-bush-20PA.html (product code 20PA). This product will not be offered through the Mint’s Authorized Bulk Purchase Program.

Additional products honoring President George H. W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush are available at https://catalog.usmint.gov/coins/coin-programs/bush-presidential-coins/. View the Mint’s complete selection of products at: 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 and time of September 17, 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 to auction rare samples for first time in its history – including Kew Gardens 50p

For the first time in its history, The Royal Mint is offering collectors the chance to own exceptionally rare ‘trial pieces’ featuring designs such as the highly collectible Kew Gardens 50p and the iconic ‘Three Graces’ – a collection that sold out in 25 minutes in December 2020. These bespoke items are expected to drive high levels of interest from collectors and art enthusiasts when they go to auction later this month.

A trial piece is one of the first samples struck using a new die, and is carefully inspected by coin makers at The Royal Mint to ensure it meets their exacting standards. The trial pieces are then stored for posterity and the design is officially approved by Her Majesty the Queen before coin striking can begin.

To ensure authenticity, each die trial piece bears a hallmark stating the quality of the metal and a unique latent security feature – designed by The Royal Mint’s Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers. A die trial piece is one of the first coins struck and sets the standard for all coins issued. They are used to prove tooling, and clarity of design and detail for proof coins, ensuring they are accurate enough for a perfect strike to be used in production.

These pieces do not form part of the standard issue limit and have not been put on sale before by The Royal Mint.

On 26th September, The Royal Mint will offer 60 rare examples of trial pieces to the public for the first time following growing demand from collectors.

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint, said: “Each year The Royal Mint introduces a range of original new coin designs celebrating British milestones, anniversaries and themes. Each of these designs requires a trial to ensure the design meets our exacting standards, and results in a handful of trial pieces.

“This month we are delighted to offer a sample of our trial pieces at auction for the first time. Each of the trial pieces has played an integral role in creating the final coin, and offer collectors the chance to own a part of numismatic history.

“Interest in trial pieces has grown significantly over recent years, as customers increasingly seek out exclusive and rare items for their collections. Many customers will treasures the trial pieces as part of a collection or even investments – so we have added a security feature to safeguard their provenance.”

The trial pieces auction is the pinnacle of The Royal Mint’s Collect Week, an annual celebration of collecting. This year’s Collect Week includes a series of free webinars, awards and virtual events for collectors across the globe, all hosted on the Royal Mint’s website.

To learn more about the intricate world of die trial pieces and what makes them so special, the Royal Mint is holding a free webinar with New Product Technical Manager Dan Thomas and Chief Engraver Gordon Summers, who will discuss the process and detail of how die trial pieces are used to help maintain the high production standards. Held on Monday, 20 September 2021 at 11am, this webinar is suitable for both budding numismatists and seasoned collectors interested in gaining an insight how our 1,100-year-old organisation makes its coins.

For more information visit The Royal Mint’s website www.royalmint.com/collect/auction.

The full list of pieces in the auction is as follows:

  • The Piedfort Sovereign 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Gold Proof Kilo (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Two-Ounce Silver Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Five-Ounce Silver Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Silver Proof Kilo (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Ten-Ounce Silver Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Three Graces 2020 UK Ten-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
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  • The Queen’s Beasts The Falcon of The Plantagenets 2019 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2019 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2021 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2021 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Britannia 2019 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • C – Cricket 2019 UK 10p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • David Bowie 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • David Bowie 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • David Bowie 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
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  • D-Day Landings 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The 75th Ann D-day Normandy Landings 2019 UK £2 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Elton John 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Elton John 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • A Celebration of the Reign of George III 2020 UK Two-Once Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • A Celebration of the Reign of George III 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • A Celebration of the Reign of George III 2020 UK £5 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Team GB 2020 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Britannia New Pence 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Bond, James Bond 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Pay Attention 007 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Shaken not stirred 2020 UK One Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • 007 Special Issue 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Bond, James Bond 2020 UK Two-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Kew Gardens 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
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  • The 400th Anniversary of the Voyage of the Mayflower 2020 UK £2 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Queen 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • Queen 2020 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • 50 Years of the 50p 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
  • The Queen’s Beasts The White Horse of Hanover 2020 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
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  • The 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Victoria 2019 UK Five-Ounce Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
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  • The Double Sovereign 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
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  • The Five Sovereign Piece 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
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  • The Half-Sovereign 2019 Gold Proof (Trial Piece)
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