(Santa Ana, California) — Thomas D. Rogers Sr., a U.S. Navy Veteran and sculptor-engraver from the United States Mint, has signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Rogers is best known for the ...

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U.S. Mint designer, Thomas Rogers, signs exclusive PCGS signature label deal

A rendering of the first label release in the Thomas D. Rogers Sr. Signature Series.

(Santa Ana, California) — Thomas D. Rogers Sr., a U.S. Navy Veteran and sculptor-engraver from the United States Mint, has signed an exclusive insert label signature deal with the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS). Rogers is best known for the soaring eagle reverse on the inaugural Sacagawea dollar and several State quarters including the Revolutionary War Minuteman on the Massachusetts issue. His sculpting signature “TDR” can also be seen on the first one-ounce U.S. Mint platinum bullion release reverse from 1997, a design still used today.

Thomas D, Rogers Sr. design of the reverse of the 2019 American Platinum Eagle. Hover to zoom.

“Any conversation of iconic coin sculptors must include Thomas D. Rogers. We are excited to allow collectors the chance to obtain a hand signed PCGS label by one of the masters behind so many legendary circulating coins, commemoratives, and bullion...

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U.S. Mint sales report: Week ending June 16, 2019

This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending June 16, 2019. The Mint’s best-selling product this week was the 2019 Proof Set (19RG), which sold 9,566 units. In second place was the 2019 Silver Proof Set (19RH), which sold 6,253 units. The third best-selling item this week was the 2019 American Silver Eagle one-ounce Uncirculated coin (19EG) with 3,503 sold. It’s followed by the 2019 one-ounce American Silver Eagle $1 Proof coin (19EA), with 3,392 individual units sold; and the 2019 Apollo 11 silver $1 Proof coin (19CC), with 2,243 sold.

This week saw no downward adjustments.

On June 13, the Mint released the 2019 American Gold Eagle one-ounce Uncirculated coin (19EH).

The following are the U.S. Mint’s cumulative sales figures for the reporting period ending Sunday, June 16. “LKS” indicates that the number given is the last known sales figure for a sold-out item. Mintage and product limits are indicated, where applicable; if a coin is in stock but is...

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June 18 CCAC meeting: Steve Gleason Congressional Gold Medal

On Tuesday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. (EDT), the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) held a meeting to review and discuss designs for upcoming Congressional Gold Medals by the Mint. Among the medals that were reviewed were the Steve Gleason Congressional Gold Medal and the Anwar El Sadat Congressional Gold Medal. Below are the various proposed designs for the Steve Gleason Congressional Gold Medal and their accompanying descriptions. Let us know in the comments which designs you would choose for the obverse and reverse!

Steve Gleason Congressional Gold Medal Obverse Designs

SG-O-01 — Steve Gleason CGM Obverse. Hover to zoom.

SG-O-02 — Steve Gleason CGM Obverse

SG-O-03 — Steve Gleason CGM Obverse

SG-O-04 — Steve Gleason CGM Obverse

SG-O-05 — Steve Gleason CGM Obverse

SG-O-06 — Steve Gleason CGM Obverse

SG-O-07 — Steve Gleason CGM Obverse

SG-O-08 — Steve Gleason CGM Obverse

SG-O-09 — Steve Gleason CGM Obverse

SG-O-10 —...

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Bowers on collecting: Focus on 20-cent pieces

By Q. David Bowers

I continue to discuss topics proposed a few weeks ago by readers. Next up is this from Matt from Santa Rosa, California:

When I read about the 20-cent coin that was issued by the Mint only between 1875 and 1878 I hear about how no one liked the coin and they did not circulate. When I look to buy one for my type set most of what I see for sale are circulated coins. If the coin did not circulate where are all the Uncirculated 20-cent pieces?

I will answer in two parts—this week, continuing into next week:

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The 20-cent piece, called by some a double dime, was born of the “Silver Question,” the great political issue of the 1870s. In the West, particularly at the Comstock Lode in Virginia City, Nevada, but also in other locations, silver was mined in ever-increasing quantities in the 1860s and found a ready market for coinage, not only domestically, but worldwide. In the 1870s that changed when several European countries reduced the silver...

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Reflections on the silver coinage of 1916

The first volume of the “Bowers Series” of numismatic references—the Guide Book of Morgan Silver Dollars—was published in 2004. As of 2019 that initial volume plus the two dozen that followed it have comprised more than 8,000 pages of information on U.S. copper half cents through gold double eagles, Proof sets, commemorative coins, tokens and medals, and other numismatic collectibles.

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Within that impressive lineup, in July 2015 volume 18 added three of the most popular U.S. coins ever minted—the Mercury dime, the Standing Liberty quarter, and the Liberty Walking half dollar.

The popularity of these three coin types has long been on our radar at Whitman Publishing. How could it not be? Collectors have bought thousands of Whitman blue folders and albums to save one coin from every date and mint. We get phone calls and letters asking about the coins and their die varieties, how to grade them, and how much they’re worth. For years we referred our readers...

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