The following press release is courtesy of the United States Mint. The public and the media are invited to the ceremony to mark the release of the Ellis Island quarter, the 39th coin in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters ...

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United States Mint and National Park Service to launch America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Ellis Island on Aug. 30 and more...

United States Mint and National Park Service to launch America the Beautiful Quarters Program coin honoring Ellis Island on Aug. 30


The following press release is courtesy of the United States Mint.


The public and the media are invited to the ceremony to mark the release of the Ellis Island quarter, the 39th coin in the United States Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The event, which will take place Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at 11 a.m (Eastern), includes a coin exchange of $10 rolls of newly minted Ellis Island quarters after the ceremony. Barbara Fox, designer of the quarter’s reverse, will be available for interviews before the ceremony. The following will be present at the event:

  • Todd Baldau, senior advisor, United States Mint
  • John Hnedak, deputy superintendent, Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island
  • Zach McCue, projects director for U.S. Senator Cory Booker
  • Erica Daughtrey, communications director for U.S. Congressman Albio Sires
  • Dave Krolak, master of ceremonies
  • Janis Calella, president, Save Ellis Island

The ceremony will take place in the flagpole...

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It’s 10 p.m.—do you know where your nickels are?

When I was a kid growing up in my grandmother’s house, silver quarters still turned up occasionally in circulation. Granny had for years been picking them out of her change from the Sunflower grocery store and putting them in brown plastic medicine bottles that were the perfect size for quarter dollars. (Homemade coin rolls, most assuredly not PVC-free.) Unfortunately for her, this was after the invention of Coca-Cola and before the widespread use of childproof caps. Also unfortunate was the fact that I could reach the topmost shelf of the medicine cabinet by climbing on the sink. I hate to imagine how many of those worn-but-lovely silver quarters ended up in the till of the convenience store down the road. (Even then I could appreciate the ringing sound of a silver quarter when it fell on the Formica counter, compared to the flat tap of the clad coins. Not that I knew the term “clad coins.” There were just “silver quarters” and “those other...

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Final design choices for the 2018 America the Beautiful quarters

(Coin-design images courtesy of the U.S. Mint)

The following is a re-post from Mint News Blog’s sister site, Coin Update.


The U.S. Mint unveiled the reverse designs for the 2018 America the Beautiful quarters on August 1 at the American Numismatics Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver.

The national sites to be recognized in 2018 are Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin, Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota, Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, and Block Island National Wildlife Refuge in Rhode Island. Each quarter reverse in the series depicts a scenic representation of the park or historic site at the center, framed by a plain, raised, circular border on which the park name (or an abbreviated version of it) appears at the top, the state name and E PLURIBUS UNUM at lower left and lower right, respectively, and the date of issue below.

The design representing Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore...

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Author Louis Golino wins a Numismatic Literary Guild award

The following is a re-post from our sister site, Coin Update.


During the 2017 Numismatic Literary Guild (www.nlgonline.org) awards ceremony, held during the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money in Denver, Colorado, on August 3, Coin Update contributor Louis Golino won his second NLG award to date.

The award for the best article in a non-numismatic publication was given for his story “Liberty Centennial Designs,” published in the magazine Elemetal Direct, about the 2016 trio of gold Liberty coins.

Louis has been writing about coins since 2010 for a wide range of publications and websites. He began by writing for Coin Update on modern U.S. coins. He then wrote a weekly column for CoinWeek on classic and modern coins and precious metals for five years, and wrote regularly for American Hard Assets / Elemetal Direct. In 2015 he started a monthly column on world coins in The Numismatist; he also writes periodic feature stories there, including several...

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Favorite Everhart medal and coin designs, part 5: The Dalai Lama medal and National Baseball Hall of Fame commemorative coins

(Wikipedia photo courtesy of the Dalai Lama)

Conclusion to a five-part series. Click here to read part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4.

Updated 8/8/17 at noon to correct the statement that Don Everhart designed the obverse and reverse of the Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal. The designer and sculptor of the reverse was Joseph Menna.


Don Everhart, the United States Mint’s senior sculptor-engraver, retired from his position in Philadelphia last week. This week I’m exploring some of my favorite Everhart medal and coin designs and engravings.On Tuesday I showed the 2006 State quarter for Nevada; on Wednesday, the 2009 Women Airforce Service Pilots medal; on Thursday, the Statue of Liberty reverse of the Presidential dollar series; on Friday, two coins in the First Spouse gold program. Today: two more examples of Everhart’s art, a sampling of more than 100 coins and medals he worked on during his tenure at the Mint.

The 2006 Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal

In chapter 2...

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