Update: As of Friday morning, May 19, the Mint has corrected the catalog listing to indicate the medal is from the Philadelphia Mint.  Earlier today the U.S. Mint posted the first formal catalog images of the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary ...

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Mint posts catalog images of 2017-P American Liberty silver medal

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Update: As of Friday morning, May 19, the Mint has corrected the catalog listing to indicate the medal is from the Philadelphia Mint. 

Earlier today the U.S. Mint posted the first formal catalog images of the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary silver medal—the first of five medals, in four different finishes, to be released this year. The only one of these medals to be sold individually, according to a report by Coin World, is a Proof from the Philadelphia Mint. The other four medals, available only in a set, are to be a Philadelphia Reverse Proof strike, a San Francisco Proof strike, aDenver Uncirculated strike, and a West Point Enhanced Uncirculated strike.

When the Mint updated its calendar to include June 2017 releases, the American Liberty silver medal was scheduled for the 14th. The mint was listed as West Point, which stirred some speculation as to a possible change in the Mint’s plans. The images posted today, however, have a P mintmark in the lower left field on...

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U.S. Mint fills in its June 2017 calendar

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Edited May 16 at 9 p.m. to clarify which American Liberty silver medal will be released in June.

The Mint has updated its product-release schedule to include the month of June, which will be bracketed at the beginning and end of the month by the American Eagle 1-ounce gold and silver Uncirculated coins. The high point will be in the middle of the month—June 14, to be specific—when the Mint will release the 2017-W “Enhanced Uncirculated” American Liberty 225th Anniversary 1-ounce silver medal.

The America the Beautiful Quarters Program will release its third ATB design of the year (and the 38th overall) in June. The Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri) will have its traditional quarter launch and coin exchange on June 5, the same day the roll and bag products are available for order from the Mint’s website. The three-coin set, with special Uncirculated-finish coins from the Philadelphia and Denver mints and a Proof from the San Francisco Mint, will follow on ...

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2017 Uncirculated Coin Set on sale May 17

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The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Coin Set (17RJ) on May 17 at noon Eastern Time.

This year’s set consists of 20 coins in two folders—one folder of 10 coins from the Philadelphia Mint and one folder of 10 from the Denver Mint. Coins in each folder include:

  • Five quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (Washington, D.C.); Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri), Ellis Island (Statue of Liberty National Monument; New Jersey), and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (Indiana);
  • One Native American $1 coin with a reverse design featuring a profiled likeness of Sequoyah writing “Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation” in syllabary along the border of the design;
  • One Kennedy half dollar;
  • One Roosevelt dime;
  • One Jefferson nickel; and
  • One Lincoln cent.

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2017-US-Mint-Set-17rj-PhiladelphiaThe Mint’s Uncirculated coins are struck on...

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2017-W American Buffalo gold Proof coins available May 11

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The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2017-W American Buffalo 1-ounce gold Proof coin (product code 17EL) at noon Eastern Time on May 11.

The American Buffalo gold Proof coin was the first 24-karat gold Proof to be struck by the Mint. The obverse and reverse designs are based on James Earle Fraser’s original Indian Head / Buffalo nickel designs. The obverse bears the profile of a Native American with the inscriptions LIBERTY, 2017, the initial F (for Fraser), and the mintmark W (for the U.S. Mint at West Point). The coin’s reverse features an American buffalo, also known as the bison, with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, $50, 1OZ., and .9999 FINE GOLD. Full specifications are as follows:

Denomination$50
FinishProof
Composition99.99% gold
Diameter1.287 inches (32.70 mm)
Weight1.0000 troy ounce (31.103 g)
EdgeReeded
Mint and mintmarkWest Point (W)



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Editorials on the Buffalo nickel, written shortly after its release

1913-5c-o-r-StxOn May 11, the Mint will release the 2017-W American Buffalo gold Proof coin. James Earle Fraser’s iconic Indian Head / Buffalo design debuted on the nickel five-cent piece in 1913, and today is a beloved classic.

As with so many designs, however, Fraser’s nickel did not receive universal approval. Numismatic author Roger Burdette quotes a New York Times editorial that said, “The new ‘nickel’ is a striking example of what a coin intended for wide circulation should not be … [it] is not pleasing to look at when new and shiny, and will be an abomination when old and dull.” Not only was the coin criticized for its aesthetic qualities, the concept of representing Liberty as something other than the traditional goddess figure was viewed askance.

Since these criticisms will sound familiar to collectors of modern Mint coinage, particularly the concern about Miss Liberty, I thought it would be interesting to exhume a few editorials published in the Numismatist back in 1913, to...

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