While debate still rages in the trenches of collector forums regarding the Mint’s newer coin and medal designs, another topic has been steadily approaching and is gradually coming into focus — soon to eclipse all others. The simultaneous centenary ...

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2021 Morgan and Peace dollars: A long-anticipated release approaches and more...

2021 Morgan and Peace dollars: A long-anticipated release approaches

While debate still rages in the trenches of collector forums regarding the Mint’s newer coin and medal designs, another topic has been steadily approaching and is gradually coming into focus — soon to eclipse all others. The simultaneous centenary anniversary of the striking of the first Peace dollar and the striking of the last Morgan dollar is now upon us. To mark this momentous occasion, the Mint is issuing 2021 editions of both the Morgan and Peace silver dollars. Whatever opinions collectors tend to strongly disagree on from day to day, most would likely agree upon a shared appreciation for the sublime beauty etched into silver from the minds and hands of Anthony de Francisci and George T. Morgan. The following is a description of the various types of issues the Mint will be releasing, commencing on May 24.

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Morgans with “CC” and “O” Privy Marks   

The first coins to commemorate this anniversary are 2021 Morgan silver dollars with “CC” and...

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U.S. Mint sales report: Week ending April 11, 2021

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This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending April 11, 2021. The Mint’s best-selling product last week was the 2021-P Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site silver five-ounce Uncirculated coin (21AJ), which sold 19,833 units. In second place was the 2021-S U.S. Mint Proof Set (21RG) with 8,200 sold. The third best-selling item last week was the 2021-P Christa McAuliffe $1 silver Proof coin (21CH), with 1,950 individual units sold. It’s followed by the 2021-P National Law Enforcement Museum $1 Silver Proof coin (21CC), with 1,407 sold; and the 2021-S National Law Enforcement Museum 50c clad Proof coin (21CE), with 997 sold.

Last week saw a downward adjustment of -34 for the 2020 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Set (P)(D) (20RJ), -17 for the 2020-S U.S. Mint Proof Set (plus 2020-W Proof nickel) (20RG), -11 for the 2021-W America Gold Eagle Proof Four-Coin Set (21EF), -11 for the 2021-W one-ounce American Gold Eagle $50 Proof coin (21EB), and -7 for the...

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Bowers on collecting: A curious Buffalo nickel

By Q. David Bowers

In early 1962, C.G. Langworthy and Robert Kerr found a very strange 1938-D Buffalo nickel. Under magnification there clearly appeared an “S” mintmark peeking out from beneath the “D!” This was truly one-of-a-kind. They had never heard of such a coin before. Later they found a second one.

Not believing their eyes, the two gentlemen contacted Margo Russell, editor of Coin World. In those days, that weekly newspaper, which had begun in 1960, lacked extensive research files. Margo called upon me to examine and verify the nickel, as she had done with other coins before.

I, too, could not believe my eyes, at least at first. The two mintmarks were each clear. The whole story was written up in the September 14, 1962 issue of Coin World. No one knew whether the 1938-D/S over mintmark, as it came to be known, was an extreme rarity worth a small fortune, or whether others would be found.

As to why such a coin was made, the story is likely this:

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United States Mint announces 2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Program designs

Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) officially announced the designs for the 2021 American Innovation $1 Coin Program. This multi-year series that started in 2018 honors innovation and innovators by issuing $1 coins for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. The Mint works with the Governor’s offices of each state along with subject matter experts to determine design concepts emblematic of innovation significant and meaningful to their jurisdiction and/or its role in the nation. After designs are developed and reviewed, the Secretary of the Treasury selects the final design for each coin. The 2021 designs honor innovations and/or innovators from New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, and North Carolina.

“The New Hampshire series of the 2021 American Innovation Coin is a fitting tribute to both Ralph Baer, the Father of Video Games, and the pioneering, innovative spirit that each Granite Stater carries with them,” said Governor...

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U.S. Mint sales report: Week ending April 4, 2021

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This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending April 4, 2021. The Mint’s best-selling product last week was the 2021-S U.S. Mint Proof Set (21RG), which sold 7,202 units. In second place was the 2021-P Christa McAuliffe $1 silver Proof coin (21CH) with 1,046 sold. The third best-selling item last week was the 2021 Birth Set (21RD), with 462 individual units sold. It’s followed by the 2021-P National Law Enforcement Museum $1 Silver Proof coin (21CC), with 415 sold; and the 2020-S American Innovation $1 Proof Set (20GA), with 358 sold.

Last week saw a downward adjustment of -15 for the 2020 U.S. Mint Uncirculated Set (P)(D) (20RJ), -9 for the 2021-S one-ounce American Silver Eagle $1 Proof coin (21EA), -8 for the 2020-S U.S. Mint Proof Set (plus 2020-W Proof nickel) (20RG), -4 for the 2019-S U.S. Mint Proof Set (19RG), and -2 for the 2020-W End of WWII 1/2-ounce $25 gold Proof coin (20XG).

The following are the U.S. Mint’s cumulative sales...

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