Jun 1, 2022 | Announcements, Shows & Conventions
Diverse attractions include on-site grading by coin, banknote, and sports memorabilia authenticators plus educational seminars at the Long Beach Convention Center
(Long Beach, CA – June 1, 2022) – The Long Beach Coin, Currency, Stamp & Sports Collectible Show (www.LongBeachExpo.com) unfolds at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California, June 30 through July 2, 2022. One of the biggest collectibles shows on the West Coast is headlined by a multimillion-dollar Heritage Auctions event and brings hundreds of dealers, an exciting array of attractions, Meet the Expert sessions with collectibles experts, a comprehensive speaker series, on-site grading of coins and sports cards, a treasure hunt for kids, giveaways, and much more.
Thousands of people come from all over the United States and beyond to attend the Long Beach Expo, a longtime collectibles tradition in southern California. The June 30-July 2, 2022, Long Beach Expo will bring together hundreds of dealers from across the collectibles world and will host a diverse array of exciting attractions. Courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service.
“It’s always great to be back at the Long Beach Expo, just a short drive away from the Professional Coin Grading Service headquarters in Santa Ana,” says Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) President Stephanie Sabin. “Some of the biggest action of the year occurs at the Long Beach Expo, where thousands of coin collectors and enthusiasts of many other collectibles hobbies come together to buy, sell, trade, learn, and explore. Among the main attractions will be the exhibition of John Q Little’s All-Time Finest Standing Liberty Quarter Collection, featuring quarters that were struck from 1916 through 1930 and are considered by many among the nation’s most beautiful coins.”
Other highlights include four Meet the Expert sessions where the public can find out what their coins, banknotes, collectible cards, and video games are worth. “It’s a thrill to have four Meet the Expert sessions at the Long Beach Expo,” remarks PCGS Senior Event Manager Samantha Dark. “We have something for virtually everyone here at the Long Beach Expo, including the chance for collectors to submit their coins and collectible cards for grading right here at the show, chances to win coins and sports collectibles, a variety of educational speakers, a treasure hunt with prizes for young attendees, and an amazing talented face painter.” She adds, “the Long Beach Expo is a true destination for camaraderie and fun.”
Below is a complete list of attractions for the June 30-July 2 Long Beach Expo:
- Heritage Auctions sale of rare coins
- Onsite grading of coins, banknotes, trading cards, and memorabilia from PCGS and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
- Kids’ Treasure Hunt with prizes on Saturday, July 1, 2022
- Giveaways of valuable coins, banknotes, and sports collectibles
- John Q Little’s All-Time Finest Standing Liberty Quarter Exhibit
- Coin Grading Competition
- Meet the Expert sessions with –
- Steve Feltner, PCGS Director of Numismatic Education & Grading Team Leader
- Philip Thomas, PCGS Banknote Specialist & Research Manager
- Dan Wulkan of Memory Lane
- Dan Gomez, WATA Games Head of Research and Authentication
- Educational speaker series covering a wide array of collectibles topics
- Kids Zone with activities for young attendees
- Face painting by professional Long Beach artist Shawna Del Real from Face n’ Body Art
- And much more
*Check the attractions page (www.longbeachexpo.com/visitors/attractions) for times/dates of individual attractions.
Additionally, PCGS is offering a banknote on-site grading special allowing submitters to take advantage of show turnaround times and pay only $45 per note when submitting five or more qualifying notes for Regular Service on-site. More information can be found at https://www.pcgs.com/shows/detail/6703.
PCGS Collectors Club membership is required for all submissions, so those who are not members can join ahead of the event and also enjoy free admission to all Long Beach Expos by visiting https://www.pcgs.com/join.
PSA will be offering on-site card grading Thursday and Friday, and autograph authentication Friday and Saturday. Visit the show page for more info at https://www.psacard.com/resources/showdetail/427. They will also be accepting Take-Home Submissions for trading cards, unopened packs, tickets, autographs, memorabilia, and more.
The Long Beach Expo will be held from June 30 and runs through July 2. Doors open 10 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, and Friday, July 1, and 10 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 2. The Long Beach Expo will take place at the Long Beach Convention Center – Hall C, 100 S. Pine Avenue, Long Beach, California 90802.
Professional Coin Grading Service Director of Numismatic Education & Grading Team Leader Steve Feltner examines coins for a curious collector at a previous Long Beach Expo. Feltner will be on hand for his popular Meet the Expert sessions during the Long Beach Expo being held June 30-July 2, 2022. Courtesy of Professional Coin Grading Service.
About Long Beach Expo
Since 1964, the Long Beach Expo (LBE) has been the leading international trade show in the coin, banknote, 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.
May 31, 2022 | Announcements, U.S. Mint
WASHINGTON — The United States Mint (Mint) 2022 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin produced at the West Point Mint will be released on June 1 at noon EDT. Due to overwhelming demand, all inventory for this coin is reserved for enrollments. Customers may still have an opportunity to purchase the products, subject to availability, after enrollment orders are reconciled. All inventory resulting from cancellations, invalid, and/or fraudulent orders will be made available to the general public via “Remind Me” messages. To set up a “Remind Me” alert, please visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/american-eagle-2022-one-ounce-silver-uncirculated-coin-22EG.html/ (product code 22EG).
The American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin is the collector version of the official United States Mint American Eagle Silver Bullion Coin. Produced since 1986, this coin was updated in 2021 with a refreshed obverse (heads) and a completely redesigned reverse (tails) to mark the 35th anniversary of the American Eagle Coin Program.
Like its bullion counterpart, the obverse of the American Eagle Silver Uncirculated Coin features sculptor 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. Using technological advancements, the coin has been redesigned to encompass some of Weinman’s original details, which renders a closer reflection of his original vision, including the addition of his traditional artist mark. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “2022.”
The reverse was created by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Designer Emily Damstra and sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Michael Gaudioso. The design depicts an 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.”
To provide an added level of security, the redesigned American Eagle Silver Coin also includes a reed pattern variation. The Mint benchmarked its efforts against anti-counterfeiting programs implemented by major mints around the world.
The 2022 American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin (W) is priced at $67.
The American Eagle One Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is included in the Mint’s Numismatic Bulk Purchase Program. Click here for details.
Visit https://catalog.usmint.gov/ to shop additional United States Mint products.
May 31, 2022 | Announcements, Royal Mint
As the home of precious metals, The Royal Mint has today unveiled the latest design as part of its popular ‘Great Engravers’ minted bullion bar series featuring ‘Three Graces’.
Three Graces Bar Minted Silver 10oz Reverse
The Royal Mint has employed some of the greatest engravers to work on British coinage over its 1,100 year history. Remastered for investors, The Great Engravers minted bullion bar series celebrates their most iconic designs. Inspired by the resurgence of interest in classical art during the early nineteenth century, William Wyon RA recast the daughters of Zeus as three figures representing the recently united nations of England, Scotland and Ireland in his Three Graces design. This design grew to become one of the world’s most sought-after coin designs among numismatists.
The original design has been skilfully reinterpreted on a bullion bar by Royal Mint designer, Daniel Thorne. This new design of the Three Graces symbolises the reputation and history that underpin The Royal Mint’s precious metals offering, whilst breathing new life into a classic design.
Andrew Dickey, Divisional Director of Precious Metals at The Royal Mint comments: “As the UK’s home of precious metals, we are delighted to feature the Three Graces as the next design in our Great Engravers minted bullion bar series, combining intricate and iconic designs with precious metals investment products. Our Great Engravers minted bullion bar series offers an opportunity for investors to own physical gold or silver as part of their investment while also admiring the craftsmanship and details of the bar’s design.”
Three Graces Bar Minted Gold 1oz Obverse Blister Pack
Three Graces Bar Minted Gold 1oz Reverse Blister Pack
Three Graces Bar Minted Silver 1oz Obverse
Three Graces Bar Minted Silver 1oz Reverse
The Great Engravers Three Graces minted bullion range has been struck on a range of 999.9 fine gold and silver bars. Each bar is finished to The Royal Mint’s bullion standard, with the one-ounce gold and silver bars presented in unique, secure, Royal Mint branded blister packaging.
Each bar is limited in quantity with the bars being priced in line with live metal price.
Numbers quantities are as follows:
- Gold 1oz (4000 units)
- Silver 1oz (36,000 units)
- Silver 10oz (6,100 units)
This isn’t the first time The Royal Mint has remastered the iconic design. In 2021 The Royal Mint remastered the Three Graces on a commemorative coin and the newer versions have already started to command higher prices on secondary market – often fetching up to 10 times their original value.
The Royal Mint has been synonymous with precious metals for over 1,100 years and is the trusted home of precious metals in the UK. The Royal Mint are the primary producer of bullion coins and bars in Britain, as well as offering digital investment opportunities and safe storage, combining a flair for design with expertise in metalwork. The form has evolved from coin to bar to digital asset, including DigiGold and physically backed, exchange-traded commodities, as well as Little Treasures, a gold-backed savings account specifically for children.
To view the full range, visit www.royalmint.com/invest/bullion/three-graces.
Three Graces Bullion Bars
||Ten-Ounce Silver Bullion Bar
||One Ounce Silver Bullion Bar
||One Ounce Gold Bullion Bar
||89.79mm x 51.74mm
||50.14mm x 29.16mm
||50.14mm x 29.16mm
May 30, 2022 | Announcements, Royal Mint
As people across the world begin to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, The Royal Mint, the original maker of UK coins, has today launched a special three coin collection honouring Her Majesty’s reign.
The first coin in the collection focuses on Her Majesty’s awards and honours, recognising individual service in many forms. The second coin highlights Her Majesty’s work with charities and as a patron, whilst the third and final coin celebrates the Commonwealth, a ‘family of nations’ she has championed throughout her reign.
Each coin in the collection is united by featuring Her Majesty The Queen’s signature in the centre of each design. This marks the first time ever that this has featured on UK coinage during Her Majesty’s reign – a fitting tribute to mark The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen’s Reign Honours and Investitures 2022 UK 1-4oz Gold Proof Coin Obverse
The Queen’s Reign The Commonwealth 2022 UK 1-4oz Gold Proof Coin Reverse
The Queen’s Reign Honours and Investitures 2022 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin Obverse
The Queen’s Reign The Commonwealth 2022 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin Reverse
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “As we celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we are delighted to reveal a coin collection marking Her Majesty’s incredible reign. Each coin design in the collection is united by the inclusion of Her Majesty’s signature, which is the first time this has ever featured on UK coinage during her reign. This special coin collection provides collectors with a wonderful and unique way to mark this incredible milestone in history, making the collection a perfect tribute for anyone looking to celebrate The Queen’s reign.”
The coin collection has been designed by Irish artist and illustrator P. J. Lynch who has represented three key areas of Her Majesty’s reign with richly symbolic designs that were inspired by and feature The Queen’s signature, as a symbol of her personal commitment to others.
P. J. Lynch said of his design, “When creating this series, I initially focused on The Queen’s hands; she is so often shaking hands – it is how she welcomes and communicates with the people she meets. It led me to consider her signature, which is so symbolic, an instrument of state when she signs official documents, but also her personal promise and commitment.”
The coins forming this collection celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s reign, are available as gold Proof, silver Proof Piedfort, silver Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated editions from The Royal Mint’s website, www.royalmint.com/queens-reign.
May 26, 2022 | ANA, Announcements
Thomas Uram, a dedicated promoter of numismatics, is the recipient of the first-ever Chester L. Krause Memorial Distinguished Service Award, the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) highest honor.
The award will be presented at the Chicago World’s Fair of Money® (August 16-20). The ANA Board of Governors made the decision to rename the accolade – formerly known as the Farran Zerbe Memorial Award for Distinguished Service – at its April meeting to honor the memory and contributions of the renowned numismatic publisher and to name Uram as its first recipient.
Uram has been a stalwart supporter not only of the hobby, but of the ANA, which he joined as a Young Numismatist in 1974, and of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN), of which he is currently the president. He has served on the ANA board, as chair of two ANA committees, and as the assistant host club chair for the Pittsburgh World’s Fair of Money.
In 2012, the Pennsylvania resident was appointed to the United States Mint’s Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC). According to former United States Mint Director David J. Ryder, Uram’s “enthusiasm for numismatics and his efforts to strengthen the interface between the Mint and the ANA have been unceasing” and resulted in an elevated relationship between the two organizations.
According to Ryder, Uram was instrumental in the passage of the 1921 Silver Dollar Coin Anniversary Act, which authorized the minting of 2021 Morgan and Peace dollars. “It was Tom who first brought this important coin program to my attention, and his leadership was the single most driving force in getting this legislation passed,” said Ryder. “I can think of no contribution more meaningful to numismatics today.”
A collector of U.S. 2-cent pieces, medals and “curved” coins, Uram is the recipient of numerous numismatic awards recognizing his dedication to the hobby:
- ANA Presidential Award (2011)
- Radford Stearns Memorial Award for Achievement in Exhibiting (2014)
- Radford Stearns Memorial Award for People’s Choice exhibit (2015)
- Numismatic Ambassador (2017)
- ANA Glenn Smedley Memorial Award (2019)
- ANA Medal of Merit (2020)
A more detailed article about Tom Uram and his contributions to the hobby will appear in the August issue of The Numismatist, the official publication of the ANA.
May 23, 2022 | Announcements, Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is celebrating The Duke of Cambridge’s 40th birthday with a commemorative £5 coin, featuring a portrait of His Royal Highness. The £5 coin has been unveiled ahead of The Duke’s milestone celebration next month, with a regal design which pays homage to the senior member of the Royal family, and second in line to the throne.
Thomas Docherty Studio Shots for Prince Williams 40th – 12
Designed by Thomas T. Docherty, designer and engraver at The Royal Mint, the coin features Prince William’s portrait, depicted at a three-quarter angle to present a dynamic quality, and set amid his Royal Cypher and the number ‘40’ to reflect the stature and maturity of the future King.
Available in a range of base and precious metals finishes, the commemorative design has been struck on the opposite side of his grandmother’s effigy, the fifth definitive portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Jody Clark. On the £5 coin struck in silver and gold, the edge inscription: ‘HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE’ complements the theme with an original numismatic feature.
The new range also includes a limited-edition two-coin set featuring a quarter ounce gold celebration coin and a 1982 Sovereign, marking the year the Prince was born. The collection will also include a limited-edition coin made of 5oz of fine gold and minted to the highest quality to mark the special occasion. Combining traditional craftsmanship and innovative laser technology, the high relief finish gives the portrait an enhanced three-dimensional appearance.
The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK 1-4oz Gold Proof Coin obverse edge
The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK 1-4oz Gold Proof Coin reverse edge
The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin obverse
The 40th Birthday of HRH The Duke of Cambridge 2022 UK £5 Silver Proof Coin reverse edge
The original maker of coins has been trusted to tell the story of monarchs for centuries and the new release is the first UK coin featuring an individual portrait of HRH available at The Royal Mint.
Clare Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint, said: “As the trusted maker of coins for the monarchs, we are celebrating His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge’s landmark 40th Birthday with a commemorative coin fit for a future King. The elegant design features a portrait of HRH alongside his Royal Cypher and the number ‘40’, which pays homage to the maturity and grace of the Prince who has become a senior member of the Royal Family, a devoted husband and a loving father of three, through the eyes of the world. Marking this extra special occasion, we have also struck a limited-edition gold coin made with 5oz of fine gold and struck in high relief to elevate the artistry of the design. Our limited-edition precious metal coins combine fine craftsmanship and rarity, making them an attractive keepsake for collectors and investors.”
Speaking of the design, Royal Mint designer Thomas T. Docherty said: “The design strikes a balance between the fresh energy of His Royal Highness being a young dad with the ceremonial nature of his Royal position. A three-quarter angle of the portrait creates a more dynamic portrait rather than a traditional side-on profile. I used certain clay sculpting techniques on a digital platform to achieve the style needed for the design, to translate effectively from two to three dimensions. Using technology, we can now produce designs and sculptures with better efficiency compared to when I began my career 17 years ago. There’s a high level of skills and craftsmanship needed to sculpt designs – the tools are different but the principles remain the same.”
The project has been a labour of love for the 40-year-old father-of-two from Glasgow who moved to South Wales to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University twenty years ago. The experienced coin designer joined The Royal Mint in 2005 and his works include the 2008 £2 coin commemorating the centenary of the 1908 London Olympics, the Remembrance Day 2016 Alderney £5 coin and the 2018 Bicentenery of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein £2 coin.
Thomas added: “Even though our lives are a million miles apart, I understand how it feels to have just turned 40 and to have a young family of my own, so I wanted to ensure I captured His Royal Highness accurately at this stage in his life. I am incredibly proud to have designed and sculpted this coin, it will forever stand as a major achievement and highlight in my career.”
The HRH The Duke of Cambridge range is available from today at The Royal Mint.
May 20, 2022 | Announcements, Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has unveiled a new jewellery division – ‘886 by The Royal Mint’ – which combines its’ 1,100 years of British craftsmanship with the latest technology, using high quality gold recovered from electronic waste.
The jewellery and homeware division takes its name from the period The Royal Mint was founded, circa 886, and the inaugural collection features classic hoop earrings, T-bar chains, simple studs and elegant cuffs. Each piece is crafted from solid gold or silver, using ancient techniques more commonly used in coin and medal-making. The precious metals are struck and pulled rather than cast, increasing the density of the metal.
The expansion into luxury jewellery and homeware will help preserve the rare skills of The Royal Mint’s craftspeople, while promoting sustainable design and manufacturing. Around 70% of the collection is currently produced in-house at The Royal Mint.
With 7% of the world’s gold estimated to be contained in electronic waste, The Royal Mint has announced plans to build a plant in South Wales to recover precious metals from mobile phones and laptops. It is using patented new chemistry – created by Canadian clean tech start-up Excir – to recover over 99% of the precious metals contained within circuit boards.
A Royal Mint employee with new technology
The Royal Mint announce partnership with Canadian tech start up Excir
Construction of the plant is underway, and will be located within The Royal Mint’s highly secure site to provide a stream of precious metals directly into the business. When fully operational in 2023, The Royal Mint expects to process up to 90 tonnes of UK-sourced circuit boards per week – generating hundreds of kilograms of gold per year.
Anne Jessopp, Chief Executive of The Royal Mint, said: “This is an exciting time for The Royal Mint as we reinvent the business for the future. We are pioneering new ways to source sustainable precious metals, and champion British craftsmanship. Our new jewellery division ‘886 by The Royal Mint’ combines our unique heritage and skills, with a focus on cutting edge design and sustainability.”
Royal Mint’s Chief Engraver Gordon Summers working on a cufflink, part of the new 886 collection
Sean Millard, Chief Growth Officer for The Royal Mint, said: “886 by The Royal Mint combines the best of our craftsmanship and heritage with innovation – ushering in an exciting new chapter for both The Royal Mint and wider industry. We are here to challenge perceptions around precious metals and help to secure the future of British craftsmanship.”
“Working with our partners Excir, we have introduced world first technology to the UK capable of recovering precious metals from electronic waste in minutes. We estimate that 99% of the UK’s circuit boards are currently shipped overseas to be processed at high temperatures. When fully operational our plant will process tonnes of electronic waste each week, providing a new source of high quality gold direct to The Royal Mint.”
May 18, 2022 | Announcements, Royal Mint
The Royal Mint has today revealed a commemorative 50p celebrating the 50th anniversary of Pride UK. This coin marks the first time Britain’s LGBTQ+ community has been celebrated on official UK coinage, and forms part of The Royal Mint’s wider commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Asad Shaykh with 50th Anniversary of Pride 50p
The coin has been designed by Dominque Holmes, an east London artist, writer, and LGBTQ+ activist with a varied artistic background that includes tattoo artistry. The coin design features Pride in London’s values of Protest, Visibility, Unity, and Equality in rainbows. With state-of-the-art colour printing technology, the iconic colours of the Pride progression flag are recreated with special-edition colour versions of the silver and BU coins.
Since the first official Pride UK event in 1972, the Pride UK movement has been one of significant political and cultural importance. Now in its 50th year, Pride UK is more popular than ever and continues to fight against societal oppression and stand up for rights of the LGBTQ+ community.
50 Years of Pride 2022 UK 50p Silver Proof Coloured Coin Obverse – UK22PSPC
50 Years of Pride 2022 UK 50p Silver Proof Coloured Coin Reverse – UK22PSPC
Asad Shaykh, Director of Marketing and Communications at Pride in London said, “It was a privilege to visit The Royal Mint as part of our partnership and see our coin being made.
“It humbles me greatly that the words that I coined for the brand, PROTEST, VISIBILITY, UNITY & EQUALITY – will be on an actual coin, opposite the Queen. This queer brown immigrant has come a long way, powered by hope, love and this city. Nowhere in the world had this been possible, except the UK. Pride in London feels very proud today.”
Clare Maclennan, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “The 50th Anniversary of Pride UK is a milestone celebration, and it is a privilege to mark 50 years of progress with this 50p coin. This is the first ever UK coin dedicated to Britain’s LGBTQ+ community, with colour printing technology capturing the spirit of Pride UK with its iconic rainbow colours.
“It was an honour to host representatives from Pride in London at The Royal Mint recently to strike their own coins as part of the launch and discuss with them our commitment to diversity and inclusion within the business and show how we are reinventing for the future.”
As part of the launch, The Royal Mint will make a financial contribution to London LGBT Community Pride C.I.C. The 50p will not enter circulation but will be available to purchase via The Royal Mint website this summer. The range includes gold, silver, and brilliant uncirculated versions.
The launch of the new LGBTQ+ coin forms part of The Royal Mint’s wider commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. Alongside D&I training for all employees, a network of D&I Champions has been established to support The Royal Mint’s wider vision of celebrating differences for an inclusive future.
This commitment also extends to an LGBTQ+ society for employees at The Royal Mint; established last year. Named ‘Enfys’, the Welsh word for Rainbow, the group has hosted Q+A sessions, shared their personal stories and encouraged visibility and allyship amongst employees.
To find out more information about the 50th Anniversary of Pride 50p and to register for updates please visit The Royal Mint website.
May 10, 2022 | Announcements, Royal Mint
CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak has named Kenyan-born British artist Michael Armitage as the designer of a new £1 coin which will enter circulation in 2023, marking the 40th anniversary of the modern £1 coin.
The new £1 coin design will be minted at The Royal Mint, who will also release a special collector’s edition to coincide with the launch in early 2023. The new design will celebrate the culture, creativity, heritage and history of the UK in the 21st century.
It is the first change to the £1 since 2017, when a new 12 sided coin replaced the former ‘round pound’ and introduced a range of anti-counterfeit features. The new £1 design will retain these safety measures and feature the fifth effigy of Her Majesty the Queen on the obverse.
The son of a Yorkshireman and Kikuyu mother, Michael Armitage was born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1984 and now lives works between London and Nairobi. He trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, London and the Royal Academy Schools. In January 2022, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, elected him a Royal Academician in the category of painting.
Speaking at the official opening of the RCA’s Rausing Research and Innovation Centre, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “I am delighted that Michael will lend his vision to the creation of this new £1 coin design in its 40th anniversary year. This coin will symbolise the rich tapestry of modern Britain and honour our deep heritage and history.”
Coin artist Michael Armitage said: “It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to collaborate with The Royal Mint on the design of the new £1 coin. It is an honour to be part of the lineage of coin-making in the United Kingdom and I am grateful to the Chancellor and the selection panel for the opportunity to contribute to this history in considering what it is to be part of Great Britain today.”
Chief Executive of the Royal Mint, Anne Jessopp said: “The £1 coin is a symbol of Britain that is recognised around the world. As such we are delighted to work with Michael Armitage to create a new design that celebrates the people of Britain and our diverse culture. It is the first new £1 design since 2017 and will combine our 1,100 years of craftsmanship, with cutting edge design to champion modern Britain.”
Michael Armitage was chosen by an independent panel with expertise in coin design and art. The panel was established to advise the Chancellor on the artistic merits and ideas behind proposals put forward by selected candidates.
Further information on the history and previous designs of the £1 can be found here: £1 Coin | The Royal Mint.
May 6, 2022 | Announcements, U.S. Mint
WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2022 American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin on May 12 at noon EDT.
The Mint launched the American Buffalo Coin Program in 2006. The one-ounce coin in this program is the first 24-karat gold proof coin ever struck by the Mint and is the collector version of the official United States Mint American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Bullion Coin. Designs depicted on this coin are based on the 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel by sculptor James Earle Fraser. The obverse (heads) portrays a profile representation of a Native American with the inscriptions “LIBERTY” and “2022.” The reverse (tails) features an American Buffalo (also known as a bison) and the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “$50,” “1 OZ.,” and “.9999 FINE GOLD.”
Each coin is encapsulated and placed in a black presentation case with the United States Mint seal on the lid. The case fits into a black outer sleeve bearing an embossed gold foil image of the coin’s reverse, and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
The American Buffalo One Ounce Gold Proof Coin is priced according to the range in which it appears on the Mint’s Pricing of Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, Platinum and Palladium Products table. Current pricing information is available here.
To set up a REMIND ME alert for this coin, please visit: https://catalog.usmint.gov/american-buffalo-2022-one-ounce-gold-proof-coin-22EL.html (product code 22EL).
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 our website for all order placements or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
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 May 12, 2022, at noon EDT.