This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending May 17, 2020. The Mint’s best-selling product this week was the 2020-S U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set (plus 2020-W Reverse Proof nickel) (20RH), which sold 7,876 units. In second place was the ...
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U.S. Mint sales report: Week ending May 17, 2020

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This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending May 17, 2020. The Mint’s best-selling product this week was the 2020-S U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set (plus 2020-W Reverse Proof nickel) (20RH), which sold 7,876 units. In second place was the 2020-S U.S. Mint Proof Set (plus 2020-W Proof nickel) (20RG) with 7,005 sold. The third best-selling item this week was the 2020-S America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (20AQ), with 1,199 individual units sold. It’s followed by the 2019-W one-ounce American Silver Eagle $1 Uncirculated coin (19EG), with 889 sold; and the 2019-S U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set (plus 2020-W Reverse Proof cent) (19RH), with 735 sold.

This week saw a downward adjustment of -91 for the 2020-W one-ounce American Silver Eagle $1 Proof coin (20EA), -4 for the 2019-W one-ounce American Gold Buffalo $50 Proof coin (19EM), -2 for the 2020 America the Beautiful American Samoa 100-Coin Bag (S) (20ABC), and -1 for the 2019-S one-ounce American...

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Bowers on collecting: From 1954

By Q. David Bowers

In the December 1954 issue of The Numismatist Stuart Mosher presented the following:

Copper Quiz for Coin Collectors. Count five for each correct answer. If you score 70 you have a very fine score. Fifty or less is below average, while 90 or more is remarkable.

  1. Which contains the most copper, a Lincoln cent of 1954 or a Jefferson nickel of 1954?
  2. What country is famous for issuing the largest copper coins?
  3. Approximately what percentage of copper will be found in foreign gold coins?
  4. What country of ancient times used copper coins weighing about one pound and equal in value to one ox?
  5. If you were to refine 20 pounds of current U.S. silver coins, how much copper would you obtain?
  6. What country issued the same denomination and about the same type of copper coins for over 2,000 years?
  7. Why are policemen sometimes called “cops,” or “coppers?”
  8. What state in the U.S. produces the most copper?
  9. What country in the world produces the most...

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America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site on sale

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) is accepting orders for the 2020 America the Beautiful five-ounce silver Uncirculated coin honoring Weir Farm National Historic Site in Connecticut beginning today at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Priced at $178.25, this coin’s reverse (tails) design portrays an artist, wearing a painter’s smock, painting outside Julian Alden Weir’s studio at Weir Farm. It is inspired by various images of the studio and Weir’s paintings created on the property, as well as descriptions of Weir and his fellow artist’s creative inspiration from the rural environment. The composition allows the viewer to feel as if he or she is standing where Weir once stood. The inscription A NATIONAL PARK FOR ART is included. Additional inscriptions are WEIR FARM, CONNECTICUT, 2020, and E PLURIBUS UNUM.

The obverse (heads) features a 1932 restored portrait of George Washington.

Each coin is encapsulated and comes with a certificate of...

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U.S. Mint sales report: Week ending May 10, 2020

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This U.S. Mint numismatic sales report covers the week ending May 10, 2020. The Mint’s best-selling product this week was the 2020-S U.S. Mint Proof Set (plus 2020-W Proof nickel) (20RG), which sold 3,750 units. In second place was the 2019-S U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set (plus 2020-W Reverse Proof cent) (19RH) with 904 sold. The third best-selling item this week was the 2020-S America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set (20AQ), with 897 individual units sold. It’s followed by the 2019-W one-ounce American Silver Eagle $1 Uncirculated coin (19EG), with 782 sold; and the 2020-S America the Beautiful Quarters Proof Set (20AP), with 636 sold.

This week saw a downward adjustment of -54 for the 2020-S U.S. Mint Silver Proof Set (plus 2020-W Reverse Proof nickel) (20RH), and -4 for the 2019-S one-ounce American Silver Eagle $1 Proof coin (19EM).

The following are the U.S. Mint’s cumulative sales figures for the reporting period ending Sunday, May 10. “LKS”...

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United States Mint introduces new storage box for collectible coin rolls on May 18

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Washington — The United States Mint (Mint) will roll out the new Coin Roll Collector Box (product code K65) on May 18 at noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The new storage box replaces the Quarter Roll Collector’s Box (K61) and the Dollar Coin Rolls Collector’s Box (K62).

Priced at $16.25, the Coin Roll Collector Box conveniently stores rolls of $1 coins or quarters issued in the Native American $1 Coin Program, the American Innovation $1 Coin Program, and the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The box will also accommodate coin rolls issued under past programs, including the Presidential $1 Coin Program, the 50 State Quarters Program, and the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories Quarters Program. Up to five $1 coin rolls (25 coins per roll) or five quarter rolls (40 quarters per roll) can be stored.

The Coin Roll Collector Box measures 6.5 in. x 4.5 in. x 1.5 in. and is constructed of chipboard wrapped in black leather-textured paper. The United...

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