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Celebrate Hall of Famer Pete Rose with Exclusive Hand-Signed Coins!

Pete Rose Hand Signed Coins

Fan-Favorite Coins Hand-Signed by Pete Rose

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”My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more.” – Pete Rose

Baseball fans world-wide know the name, Pete Rose. Considered to be one the most talented players to have ever stepped on the field, Rose carried jersey No. 14 for the Cincinnati Reds from 1963 to 1978. A true lover of the game, Rose played and coached for the Reds from 1984 to 1986 and continued exclusively as a manager for the team in 1989.

Now, to celebrate Roses’ many records including all-time leader in hits, he will be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame this weekend. To commemorate this momentous occasion, ModernCoinMart (MCM) is offering the US Mint’s official Baseball Hall of Fame coins with exclusive NGC labels hand-signed by Pete Rose himself!

Available to fans and collectors are a variety of autographed baseball coins and sets including 2014 PCGS MS70 and PR70 3-piece sets. Baseball enthusiasts can also purchase Proof 2014 MS69 and PR69 DCAM Silver Dollars, all in hand-signed, PCGS Baseball Hall of Fame labels! As part of this exclusive offer, super-fans can hit a home-run with their own Pete Rose autographed baseball bat, included in all 3-piece sets.

Take your collection out to the ball game and order now to avoid disappointment!

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Serengeti Big 5 – High Relief Silver Coins

The Serengeti and the big five are a deadly combination. An even deadlier combination are those two combined with high relief silver coins. This is exactly what the Big 5 coin series of Tanzania offers; high relief Tanzanian coins with a high silver content, featuring members of the big five in the Serengeti. This is not even to mention the high face value and other positive factors… all factors that will be discussed in this article.  

Serengeti Big 5

The Big 5 coin series kicked off in 2014 with the release of the limited edition 2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion coin. This was followed by the recent release of the 2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant coin. This is the first two of a total number of five coins that will be released in this series. Each coin will feature a member of the big five in the Serengeti ecosystem and will be struck in proof quality with a high relief finish, making these coins highly collectible.

The Big Five

For those not familiar with the use of the term “big 5” in this instance, it is used to refer to the big five game animals which roam Africa, namely the African lion, the African elephant, the Cape buffalo, the African leopard, and last but not least, the White or Black rhinoceros.

the big 5

The big 5 – Source of Image: GreatAfricanSafaris.com

The Serengeti

The Serengeti, one of East Africa’s most admired game areas and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is an ecosystem of 12,000 square miles that is located within the African countries of Tanzania and Kenya. The governments of these countries manage a number of protected areas within this ecosystem; protected areas that are helping to ensure that 80% plus of this ecosystem enjoys legal protection. These protected areas consist of game reserves, national parks and other conservation areas. 

What makes the Serengeti truly spectacular is the fact that it is host to the largest terrestrial migration on the planet. It is therefore no wonder that the name “Serengeti” brings to mind scenes of mass animal migration as featured in wildlife shows such as Animal Planet and the National Geographic Channel.

To give you an idea of what is meant by mass animal migration…

Interesting enough, the name “Serengeti” originates from the word “Serengit” in the Maasai language, which means “Endless Plains.” A very fitting description considering the vastness of the Serengeti. Its diverse habitats are home to a great number of large mammals, including the big five, and no less than 500 bird species.

African Lion Facts

The term “African lion” is used to collectively refer to the several subspecies of lions that can be found in Africa. The lion, scientifically known as Panthera lio, is a member of the Felidae family. It is one of the big cats in the genus Panthera. This genus was first described in 1816 by German naturalist Lorenz Okenfuss. He counted among those who believed that the significance of life is derived from a force that cannot be fully explained through scientific means alone.

african lion

More African lion facts include:

  • Second Largest Cat: A few male lions exceed 550 lb in weight.
  • Vulnerable species: African lions have seen a considerable decline in numbers due to a number of reasons, including habitat loss and poaching. It is estimated that the African lion population has declined 80-90% since 1975 and that only about 32,000 are left in the wild. This might not sound like a big deal, but if one considers that 200,000 African lions were in the wild 40 years ago, then none of these lions will be left in the wild in another 40 years if the rate of decline is not stopped. This makes the Serengeti ecosystem a vital component in the survival of the African lion.
  • Wild vs Captivity: Lions can live 10-14 years in the wild and 20 years plus in captivity. Male lions normally don’t live longer than 10 years in the wild. This is mainly due to injuries sustained during fighting over territory and females. Is it the same reason why women tend to live longer than men? It certainly makes one wonder.
  • Grassland and Savanna: The typical, although not exclusive, habitat of African lions include grassland and savanna that can be found in the Serengeti and other places in Africa.
  • Social Life: Lions live a very social life when compared to the social life of other cats. Family is at the top of their social lives. A family of lions is called a pride and normally consists of female family members, offspring and a few adult males.
  • Hunting: Female lions hunt together in groups. Lions are in general keystone as well as apex predators. This in essence means that they will both hunt and scavenge for food. They normally do so in a 50:50 ratio.

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African Elephant Facts

The African elephant, the largest terrestrial animal still in existence today, forms part of the genus Loxodonta, a term derived out of Greek. Loxodonta includes two species, namely the bigger African bush elephant (Loxodonta Africana) and the smaller African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis).

The African elephant can be found in the Serengeti where these giants of Africa enjoy relative peace and calm, especially within government controlled protected areas. However, poaching has become a huge problem outside of these areas. E.g. an aerial report of 2014 shows that a total of 192 elephant carcasses were discovered in the Serengeti. A 117 were discovered within Kenya’s side of the Serengeti and no less than 75 on the Tanzanian side. Even more worrying, 84% of the carcasses discovered in Kenya were discovered outside the protected areas and all the carcasses had tusks missing. This is a tell-tale sign of poaching activity and the sheer scale of untimely elephant deaths, shocked conservationists.

Interesting enough it was revealed in a scientific study that elephants tend to avoid known areas of danger and stress. This is why more elephants can be found within the protected areas in the Serengeti than outside where there are more people.

African Elephant

African elephant – Source of Image: World Animal Foundation

More African elephant facts include:

  • Big and Heavy: Measures up to 10 feet from ground level to shoulder and can weigh up to a massive 6.6 tons! Can you imagine it?
  • Trunk, Tusks and Ears: An elephant uses its trunk, which consists of more or less a 100,000 different muscles; for breathing, drinking, smelling and to grab items, including food. This while it uses its trunks to strip bark from trees, but perhaps most importantly, to dig out food and to find water. Male elephants also use their tusks when they battle for dominance or to protect themselves against intruders. The very same trunks are frequently the target of poachers. The reason being is because some people place a very high value on ivory. It has been used since ancient times in the making of ivory carvings and a range of other items, including dominoes, fans and even false teeth. An elephant’s ears radiate heat. This loss of heat plays an essential role in controlling its body temperature, especially to cool the animals in the African heat. In instances when it gets really hot, when the ears fail to get the job done, an elephant will find a water hole or spot of water to cool down in. This is normally followed by a mud bath, which leave its skin with a mud layer. This is nature’s way of protecting an elephant’s skin, something beauty spas have copied and pasted.
  • Social Life: Elephants are very sociable animals. Elephant cows normally live with their young in family herds. This while elephant bulls tend to separate themselves from the herd. They only pay a visit when it is time for business, when the females are in heat.
  • Sleeping Habits: Elephants don’t sleep a lot. The reason being, is because their large bodies need a lot of food. This means these giants use a great deal of time to roam large areas in the search for food. This constant necessity for large quantities of food presents a huge challenge, especially to pregnant cows that have to carry calves for close to 22 months. This completely overshadows the duration of pregnancy of all other mammals as well as the 9 months associated with human pregnancy.

Serengeti Big 5 Coins

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin

Obverse: 2014 Serengeti Lion Coin

The obverse of this lion coin features an African male lion against the back drop of acacia trees somewhere in the Serengeti. This while silhouettes of the big 5 are depicted in its mane alongside the rim of the coin. It also includes the following inscriptions: “LION”, the “BIG V” logo (in reference to the big 5) and the year of issue, namely “2014”.

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin Obverse

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin – Obverse

Reverse: 2014 Serengeti Lion Coin

The reverse of this lion coin features the Tanzania Coat of Arms. It also includes the following inscriptions: The country of issue “TANZANIA” and the denomination of a “1000 Shillings”, both inscriptions that make it Tanzania currency or legal tender in Tanzania.

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin Reverse

2014 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Lion Coin – Reverse

Specs: Big 5 Serengeti Lion Coin

  • Coin Weight and Metal: 1 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Coin Finish: High Relief
  • Strike Type: Proof
  • Coin Diameter: 38.61 mm
  • Coin Denomination: 1000 Shillings
  • Year of Issue: 2014
  • Coin Mintage: 5,000
  • Country of Issue: Tanzania

Why should you be interested in this 1 oz high relief lion coin?

  • First coin in Serengeti Big 5 coin series.
  • Features a member of the big 5, namely the African lion.
  • Highly limited (5,000 coins maximum).
  • Proof strike and high relief finish.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Ideal Father’s Day gift.
  • More affordable than gold.

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant Coin

Obverse: 2015 Serengeti Elephant Coin

The obverse of this elephant coin features an African elephant against the back drop of acacia trees somewhere in the Serengeti. This while silhouettes of the big 5 are depicted alongside the rim of the coin to the left. It also includes the following inscriptions: “ELEPHANT”, the “BIG V” logo and the year of issue, namely “2015”.

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant Obverse

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant – Obverse

Reverse: 2015 Serengeti Elephant Coin

The reverse of this elephant coin features the Tanzania Coat of Arms. It also features a similar design and inscriptions as can be seen on the reverse of the lion coin.

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant Reverse

2015 1 oz. Silver Serengeti Elephant – Reverse

Specs: Big 5 Serengeti Elephant Coin

  • Coin Weight and Metal: 1 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver
  • Coin Finish: High Relief
  • Strike Type: Proof
  • Coin Diameter: 38.61 mm
  • Coin Denomination: 1000 Shillings
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Coin Mintage: 5,000
  • Country of Issue: Tanzania

Why should you be interested in this 1 oz high relief elephant coin?

  • Second coin in Serengeti Big 5 coin series.
  • Features a member of the big 5, namely the African elephant.
  • Highly limited (5,000 coins maximum).
  • Proof strike and high relief finish.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Ideal Father’s Day gift.
  • More affordable than gold.

Ordering and Pricing

Both of the above-mentioned coins are available for sale at ModernCoinMart (MCM). Each coin comes certified and encapsulated by the Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC). Prices include free domestic shipping (within the States). They accept PayPal as payment from both US and non-US PayPal accounts and ship to more than 70 countries. Be sure to place your order here.

Safari the Serengeti with the Big 5 Series Silver Elephant & Lion Coins!

The Big 5 of the Serengeti Series

The Big 5 of the Serengeti Series

The first two coins in the 5-coin series are here!

The rulers of the Serengeti in Africa–five species of mammals that are at the top of the food chain–are vividly represented on these beautiful one troy ouns Mint Uncirculated Coin Setce .999 fine silver proof coins from Tanzania in stunning high relief. The Big 5 animals consist of the lion, elephant, rhino, leopard, and the buffalo. The lion and elephant represent the 2014 and 2015 issues–the first two in the series–in amazing detail and are graded by NGC with special labels designed exclusively for this series! Don’t miss out, though – this series is limited to a maximum of 5,000 coins of each design. Get yours today!

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2015 United States Mint and Proof Sets

2015 United States Mint & Proof Sets Are Here

Celebrate this year’s coin designs!

Since the early days of the United States Mint, special sets of coins have been issued so that collectors could have an example of each coin issued from one convenient place. The coin issues represented in these sets tell the ongoing story of the history of the nation’s mint and their coins. Now, MCM is bringing you these popular sets at fantastic prices and FREE shipping.

Add these sets to your collection today!

Coin Review – RCM Interconnection Silver Hologram Coin Series

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Coin Review – RCM Interconnection Silver Hologram Coin Series

2014 US Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set Available for Sale

The 2014 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set is available for sale. The following coins come with the set: 1 x American Eagle 1 oz Silver Proof Coin, 5 x quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program, 1 x Kennedy half-dollar and last but not least, 1 x Roosevelt dime. Grab yours here.

2014 United States Mint Limited Edition Silver Proof Set

Source of Image: US Mint

2014 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark – Declared Mintage: 8,397

Word is out that The Perth Mint has released the final mintage figures of 2014 Australian silver bullion privy coins, including the 2014 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark, which will be the focus of this article.

2014 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark

It will most likely come as a surprise to more than one collector to see that the declared mintage figure of the 2014 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark has come in at 8,397 coins, a figure that is much lower than the declared mintage of 10,392 of the 2013 issue! I can have it wrong, but it seems that the consensus in the market place was that the final mintage number of the 2014 Koala Chinese Privy coin would be much higher than that of the 2013 issue. 

Personally I was not 100% convinced that the mintage figure of the 2014 issue would be higher than that of 2013. As I’ve stated in a post at the Modern Coin Forum (MCF) on December 24th last year (2014):

By my calculations and observations, I honestly don’t think more than 500 of the 2014 ones ended up in the West. I could be dead wrong, but I don’t believe so. The main source in the West seems to have only about 133-153 still available for sale with a couple of odd pieces listed here and there” (2015 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark, MCF).

Needless to say, despite my scepticism pertaining to the mentioned ‘market consensus’ being vindicated to some extent, it has still come as a pleasant surprise to me to see the 2014 final mintage figure actually coming in lower than the final mintage figure of the 2013 issue.

I mean, almost 2,000 less of the 2014 Koala Chinese Privy coins were minted than the 2013 issue! Who would have guessed it, especially considering the increase in demand for koala Chinese privy coins after MCF member, Joe Koromaus (joe1320), brought the 2013 Koala Chinese Privy coin to our attention in June last year?

I’ll tell you, probably nobody except The Perth Mint and China Gold Coin, a third party that placed the custom mint order for the minting of the coins at The Perth Mint.

NGC Population

The current NGC population of the koala with Chinese privy coins should not be seen as the Alpha and Omega, especially given that all is not said and done yet.

However, it will serve the serious collector, who wishes to increase chances of seeing a healthy monetary return further down the line, well to keep an eye on the NGC population of these coins. Unfortunately PCGS is not playing ball yet, but if and when they do, it will be wise to consider the numbers in their population report(s) as well.

2013P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coin – NGC Census

It seems that only 16 of the 2013P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coins were graded and encapsulated by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) so far (as on 2015-03-12): 1 x MS 67, 2 x MS 68, 10 x MS 69 and 3 x MS 70.

MS70 2013 Chinese Privy Koalas

Source of Image: MCF – KPSan8819

The NGC population or census numbers of the 2013P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coin are certainly low, especially in terms of the top or investment grade MS 70 coins of which all three belong to MCF members: joe1320 and KPSan8819.

2014P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coin – NGC Census

The NGC population or census numbers of the 2014P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coin are certainly a bit of a guess at this stage.

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Source of Video: MisterSilverMonster

I feel the numbers are conflicting at this stage, because one NGC census report states that the total number of coins graded as “Early Releases” is a 102 (9 x MS 69 and 93 x MS 70), while another NGC census report states that only 5 of the 2014P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coins were graded in total (2 x MS 69 and 3 x MS 70). Perhaps I have the cat completely by its tail here. I would appreciate it if someone could confirm or clarify my take on this in the comments section below.

Thus, it seems that the NGC population of 2013P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coins are at this stage much lower than the NGC population of 2014P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coins. This can of course all change, especially if more collectors decide to send their coins in for grading, but for now the 2013 issue seems to have the lowest NGC population numbers.

Availability

It is at this stage almost impossible to acquire the much sought after 2013P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coin, especially graded and encapsulated. Unless you have 2 x raw coins to send to KPSan8819 and an “envelope stuffed full of cash”.

Good news is that the 2014P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coin is still available for sale, although I expect the opportunity to buy these freely in the market place to close faster than the fly of the head master’s jeans caught behind a stadium, especially now that the declared mintage figure is out.

Thus, if you haven’t dipped your hand in the cookie jar yet, you may want to do so sooner rather than later.

Others and I expect these coins to be a huge hit down the road, especially considering that “future Koala and Kangaroo collectors will need these coins to complete their collections so best of luck hunting for these coins or well-done if you already own a few” (2015 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark, MCF, KoalaT).  

Tip: Be sure to search for “chinese privy” at eBay.

Why should you be interested in the 2014P Australia S$1 Koala Chinese Privy Coin?

  • Extremely low declared mintage of only 8,397 coins of which, according to a reliable source, only an estimated “3/4 went to Asia, 1/4 to the west”.
  • Perth Mint quality – These coins were minted by The Perth Mint. You will be hard-pressed to find bullion coins of a higher quality elsewhere in the world.
  • Each coin contains 1oz of three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Chinese investor demand for ‘investment grade’ coins are growing and they prefer NGC graded, encapsulated coins – as do the rest of the world. This Australian coin with Chinese privy mark is set to be a winner in the Chinese and other markets!
  • Join the hunt for these coins, especially considering that investors and collectors alike are expected to jump all over this considering the release of the final mintage figure.
  • Do I need to continue?

Mesopotamia – First Coin in the Imperial Art Coin Series

The extremely limited mintage, high relief, antique finish Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 is the first coin in a new coin series by The Mint of Poland, namely the Imperial Art series. This first coin in the new coin series presents the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, while the second coin in the series will present the ancient civilization of Egypt. Only 500 of these coins will be minted and distributed worldwide.

Obverse

The coin features Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on its obverse. This is in acknowledgement of the British Empire, the largest empire in recorded history. It also features the Palace of King Sargon II in Khorsabad (Dur-Sharrukin), the Lamassu, which is a sculpture of a bull with a human face that originated from Sumerian tradition, and a bust of King Sargon II on its obverse.

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 Obverse

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – Obverse

Reverse

The Cuneiform, a fragment of the Code of Hummurabi, the River Euphrates, the Ishtar Gate and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, are featured on the reverse of the coin.

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 Reverse 1

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – Reverse

All of the above fit in with the theme of the Imperial Art series, namely: Art, architecture and the achievements of the greatest civilizations and empires.

Green Agate Crystal

Each Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 also has an inlay of green agate crystal, which symbolizes the rich vegetation of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon as well as the rich lands in the river basins of the rivers, Tigris and Euphrates.

Palace of King Sargon II in Khorsabad (Dur-Sharrukin) and Lamassu

The palace of the Assyrian king Sargon II, who ruled from 721 to 705 BC, is located in modern day Khorsabad or a city that was known as Dur-Sharrukin during ancient times, which means “the fortress of Sargon”. This city was built during the reign of king Sargon II to serve as a capital city. It was discovered among other buildings between 1842 and 1844 by Paul-Emile Botta. He was a French archaeologist.

Lamassu

Lamassu – Source of Image: The British Museum

Interesting enough, a pair of colossal human-headed winged bulls was left behind when the French abandoned the site. These magical creatures or hybrid, Assyrian protective deities called Lamassu, who once guarded an entrance to the palace of king Sargon II, were at 16 tons of alabaster each, simply too heavy to move. This was until 1849 when Henry Rawlinson, a British subject, bought them from the French consul and had them moved by having them sawn into several bits.

The Cuneiform

The Cuneiform counts among the oldest systems of writing. It was used to for one write down the Code of Hammurabi, which is a set of Babylonian laws of ancient Mesopotamia that dates back to 1754 BC.

Code of Hammurabi

Code of Hammurabi – Source of Image: Wikipedia

The laws contained in the Code of Hammurabi, one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world, covers subjects ranging from slander to food. E.g. it is stated in Ex. Law #22: “If any one is committing a robbery and is caught, then he shall be put to death” and in Ex. Law #196: “If a man destroy the eye of another man, they shall destroy his eye. If one break a man’s bone, they shall break his bone. If one destroy the eye of a freeman or break the bone of a freeman he shall pay one mana of silver. If one destroy the eye of a man’s slave or break a bone of a man’s slave he shall pay one-half his price.

The ancients seem to have had a much better idea of what justice entails than what the status quo is today.

The River Euphrates

The 1,740 mi (2,800 km) long Euphrates, a river of great historical significance, is the longest river of Western Asia. It runs from eastern Turkey through Syria and Iraq to connect with the Tigris in the Shatt al-Arab, which in turn, empties into the Persian Gulf. Together with the Tigris, it is one of the two most notable and defining rivers of Mesopotamia.

The River Euphrates

The River Euphrates – Source of Image: FlickRiver.com

The Ishtar Gate

The Ishtar Gate, constructed by order of King Nebuchadnezzar II on the North side of the city of Babylon around 575 BC, was dedicated to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar. It was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World when it was part of the Walls of Babylon. This was until it was replaced by the Lighthouse of Alexandria in the third century BC. It was excavated in the beginning of the 20th century. A reconstruction, using the original glazed bricks, can be seen in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany.

The Ishtar Gate

The Ishtar Gate – Source of Image: Wikipedia

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, as previously mentioned, were one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. What makes it even more remarkable is that it were the only wonder of the ancient world whose location cannot be established with 100% certainty.

Hanging Gardens of Babylon

Artist depiction of Hanging Gardens of Babylon – Source of Image: Wikipedia

In fact, no definitive archaeological evidence exists to proof that the Hanging Gardens of Babylon ever existed. If it existed, it was probably destroyed after the first century AD. Given the lack of evidence, it seems to be only the romantic ideal of an eastern garden by ancient Greek and Roman writers such as Quintus Curtius Rufus, Strabo and Diodorus Siculus. Needless to say, it is quite funny that the romantic ideal of a few ancient writers is seen as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Safe to say, that if the Hanging Gardens of Babylon existed, it could rightly be seen as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Why should you be interested in the Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal coin?

  • Extremely limited (500 coins worldwide).
  • First coin in new “Imperial Art” coin series.
  • High relief, antique finish.
  • Individually numbered – Edge of coin + Certificate of Authenticity (CoA).
  • 2 oz of three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Features one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, namely the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
  • Exclusive coin minted by The Mint of Poland.
  • New minting technology that makes tiny details visible.
  • Contains inlay of real green agate crystal.
  • Each coin comes in a luxury gift box and elegant case.
  • Ideal gift for any occasion, business and otherwise.

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 - CoA

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – CoA

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 - Themed Case

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – Themed Case

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 - Wooden Box

Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Niue 2014 – Wooden Box

Drawbacks

  • Affordability may be an issue for some, but First Coin Company offers a special 8% discount (Discount Code: MESO12). In addition, only 1 coin will be issued in the series per year, which makes it quite manageable in terms of the overall cost.

Specs

Metal: 2 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver

Year of Issue: 2014

Country: Niue Island

Weight: 62.60 g

Diameter: 50 mm

Denomination (NZD): $2

Quality/finish: High relief, antique finish.

Mintage: 500

How to Be a Proud Owner of this Exclusive Coin

First Coin Companythe exclusive distributor of this coin in the United States and also official international distributor, is the best place to purchase the Mesopotamia Imperial Art Agate Crystal 2 Oz Silver Coin. They offer a special discount of 8% (Discount Code: MESO12), free worldwide shipping and even go as far as to refund duties and taxes if any. Be sure to get more information here.

Update: Update: First Coin Company will place a few coins with unique serial numbers on their website soon. These coins will have a higher price due to its uniqueness. 

Be a Proud Owner of Batman’s 75th Anniversary Commemorative Gold and Silver Coins

Collectors of commemorative coins now have the rare opportunity to own two limited mintage Batman coins, one gold and one silver. These coins were struck to mark Batman’s 75th anniversary and celebrate over 7 decades of an outstanding crime-fighting career. The island nation of Niue is offering collectors a 1/4 ounce gold $25 proof coin, and a 2-ounce silver $2 coin, to commemorate this event. All lovers of Batman, particularly those who have been ardent readers of the DC Comics series for several decades, can now take advantage of this unique offer. After reading this brief history of Batman and the unique benefits of owning these coins, you can proceed to ModernCoinMart (MCM) to get them at competitive prices, including free domestic shipping here in the States.

2014 Niue 1-4 Oz Gold Batman - 75th Anniversary $25 Proof

2014 Niue 1/4 Oz Gold Batman – 75th Anniversary $25 Proof

2014 Niue 2 Oz Silver Batman - 75th Anniversary $5 Proof 1

2014 Niue 2 Oz Silver Batman – 75th Anniversary $5 Proof

Batman’s Eventful History

Batman has a very interesting history. His 75 years of successfully fighting crime are full of interesting landmarks and historical turning points. Here are some highlights from Batman’s remarkable life which reveal how he became one of the world’s most popular fictional detective icons.

1939

Early in 1939, the owners of National Comics, which later became DC Comics, were searching for another superhero that will be as successful as Superman. Vin Sullivan, the Editor of Detective Comics, asked the quiet cartoonist Bob Kane to create a new superhero. Kane designed the original Batman. The script of the very first Batman story, which came out in Detective Comics # 27, was produced by Bill Finger and drawn Bob Kane. It was titled: The Case of the Chemical Syndicate and released on March 30, 1939. However, May 1939 was written on the cover. 

Detective Comics # 27

Detective Comics # 27 – Source of Image: Wikipedia

In the first Batman story, he was introduced as Bruce Wayne, a bored socialite who wore a cape and fought crime ruthlessly. In the Detective Comics # 29, Batman unveiled his well-known Utility Belt and used it to remove a single gas pellet containing deadly gas. In Sept. 1939, the Batarang and Batplane made their initial appearances in Detective Comics # 31. But the popular tragic origin story of Batman which revealed how his parents were killed by a mugger as they returned home from a movie was released in November 1939.

1940s

In April 1940, Batman’s loyal assistant, Robin (also known as the Boy Wonder) was introduced to the world. Dick Grayson’s (Robin) parents were murdered by a gangster and Batman teamed up with him to fight crime. This led to the evolution of Batman. He was transformed from a solitary detective, who constantly spoke to himself, to a father-figure who shared jokes with his younger partner.

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Batman and Robin – Source of Image: Wikipedia

Batman was given his self-titled comic in 1940 although his stories were still published in Detective Comics. Batman # 1 introduced his two most prominent lifelong enemies, Catwoman and the Joker. Several other enduring aspects of Batman’s world came to be in the 1940s including his home, Gotham City, the Batcave and the Batmobile. In 1948, Batman developed a love relationship with Vicki Vale, the photo journalist.

1950s

In the 1950s, Batman took on the role of a science-fiction star. An new Bat-family of characters were added including the Batwoman, Bat-girl, Bat-mite and a crime-fighting dog called Bat-hound. However, due to concerns about the link between juvenile delinquency and comic books, Catwoman was dropped in 1954 did not return till 1966. Also, Batman and Superman, who were both members of DC’s Justice Society of America joined forces unofficially to fight crime in 1952.

1960s

To stop the downward slide in sales of Detective Comics and Batman, they were assigned to Julie Schwartz who made significant changes to revive their fortunes. The yellow oval around the bat on Batman’s chest was introduced along with the new Batmobile and he acquired a hotline to the police headquarters. Bat-mite and Batwoman were retired. The focus of the comic series returned from science fiction to detective stories.

1966 Batman Movie Poster

1966 Batman Movie Poster – Source of Image: www.bat-mania.co.uk

The Batman TV series starring Burt Ward and Adam West started in January 1966. Many tie-in toys and different types of clothing and merchandise were created because of the TV series. The sales of the comics increased rapidly.

1970s and 1980s

During this period, an all-knowing villain called Ra’s al Ghul was introduced by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams. This personality was developed into a global threat. In 1971, Batman came back on TV with the Adventures of Batman – an animated series that was aired under various names till early 1981.

In the mid-80s, a 4-issue series titled Batman the Dark Knight, by Klaus Janson and Frank Miller repositioned Batman is a more mature crime fighter coming out of his retirement to rescue Gotham City from criminals. During the same period, an updated story of Batman’s origin known as Batman: Year One was released and it became a bestseller.

1990s

Batman grew in popularity through another movie: Batman Returns starring Michael Keaton as Batman with Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito as Catwoman and Penguin. The Animated Series was also shown on TV throughout the decade. In 1993, DC Comics published a storyline called the Knight Fall in which Batman’s back was broken by a ruthless villain, then Azrael, an anti-hero took over the role of Batman.

2000s

Writer Jeph Loeb created a 12-part series called Hush. It was drawn by Jim Lee and it attracted a fresh audience to the Batman comics. The story featured many of Batman’s worst enemies including Hush, a villain from the Dark Knight’s childhood. Two Batman movies: Batman Begins starring Christian Bale and the Oscar-winning movie, The Dark Knight, released in 2008, were all-time hits. In 2009, Batman’s Arkham Asylum console video game became one of the record-breaking video consoles of all time. DC Comics re-launched the Batman series starting with all over from #1 in 2011. And in 2012, a copy of the original comic, that unveiled Bruce Wayne as Batman to the world in 1939, was sold for a whopping $1.07 million.

The Island of Niue

After reading that eventful journey of 75 years, you should also know some useful facts about the Island nation of Niue – the country releasing the commemorative coins. This South Pacific island is helping to spread the joy of all Batman lovers and fans all over the world. Niue is one of the smallest islands on earth with a land mass of 269 square kilometres. The island is about 2,400 kilometres northeast of New Zealand. More popular islands close to Niue include the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga. The 1,600 inhabitants of Niue are mainly Polynesian and they commonly call their island the “the Rock of Polynesia”. Although the island is self-governing, it is an associated state of New Zealand. So Niue is known as the Zealand Territory of Niue with its capital at Alofi and their currency is the New Zealand Dollar. 

Since 1987, Niue has been producing commemorative coins. Coin collectors recently had a chance to buy coins with Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Dock, released by Niue. Now they have launched two attractive precious metal coins to commemorate 75 years of Batman.

The 75th Anniversary Batman Coins

You should celebrate the Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary with the extremely limited mintage Niue 1/4 oz. gold proof coin which is officially licensed by DC Comics. The obverse design has an image of the Caped Crusader in a crouched position. In the background, you have the Batman symbol and a line of text that reads: 75 years of Batman 2014. The reverse has the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. This gold coin has a face value of 25 Dollars (NZD), and a purity level of 99.9 percent. Mintage of the gold coin is limited to 750 pieces.

2014 Niue 1-4 Oz Gold Batman - 75th Anniversary $25 Proof in Custom DC Comics Packaging

2014 Niue 1/4 Oz Gold Batman – 75th Anniversary $25 Proof in Custom DC Comics Packaging

The 2 oz. silver coin has the same obverse and reverse design as the gold coin. But its mintage is limited to 7,500 pieces. Each coin comes with a colorful 4-color collectible tin plus a 75th anniversary lapel pin, and a laser etched certificate of authenticity signed by Frank Miller. The limited mintages and the popularity of Batman make these coins a valuable treasure to own. But that’s not the only benefit of owning these Batman coins.

2014 Niue 2 Oz Silver Batman - 75th Anniversary $5 Proof in Custom DC Comics Packaging

2014 Niue 2 Oz Silver Batman – 75th Anniversary $5 Proof in Custom DC Comics Packaging

Advantages of Owning Batman Coins

  • Each coin comes with an augmented reality app from DC Comics. You can use this app on your mobile devices to see a 3-dimensional image of Batman and even snap a photo with him!
  • You are broadening your knowledge of geography, politics and history while you enhance your appreciation of precious metals. A summary of such valuable information can be found in the coin’s Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Owning a batman gold or silver coin associates you with an outstanding historical success.
  • You can demonstrate your commitment to fight crime and maintain justice and peace in your community by collecting these commemorative coins.
  • Buying the Batman commemorative coins provides a unique experience with the pride of ownership and personal achievement.
  • Collecting, studying and organizing commemorative coins helps to maintain high mental functioning for older adults. It helps you to continuously engage with life and it makes the latter years more rewarding.

Where to Purchase Your Batman Coins

You do not need to travel to the Island of Niue to be a proud owner of these exclusive Batman coins. Simply go to the ModernCoinMart website to buy one or more of these precious coins. The coins where originally slated for release in 2014 but the 2015 Batman coins are available for instant purchase and shipping. MCM, the leader in precious metals and modern coins, is selling these commemorative coins and other exclusive modern coins recently released by Niue at relatively low prices and all prices included free domestic shipping. MCM also offers discounts to those who decide to pay by bank wire or check. But due to the limited number of Batman coins produced, the stock of these coins is expected to run out quite fast. So you should act as fast as you can. 

Conclusion

Acquiring these exclusive batman coins is a very fulfilling way to diversify your coin collection. Due to the popularity of the Batman legacy, you can expect the release of more related coins that will help you to assemble a precious series of coins in the years to come. 

Niue Island Rotating Horse $2 Silver Coin Torus shape 2 oz Proof 2014

2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set

Who would have guessed the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set is going to generate so much interest, especially considering that it doesn’t contain any gold, silver or platinum?

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2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set – 2014-D Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin

The 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set (product code TA9) had a slow start of 9,720 units sold through November 23, 2014. This was until folks learned and confirmed that the quality of the coin that comes in the set, namely the 2014 Native American $1 Coin, is indeed “enhanced uncirculated”; making it the first uncirculated clad coin ever issued in that quality by the U.S. Mint.

2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set

2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set

After folks started to receive their sets and confirmed the unique, “enhanced uncirculated” appearance of the coin, sales jumped no less than 4,353 units in a day to reach 14,073 units (US Mint numismatic product sales report – November 30). The product was then listed as “out of stock”, which led to a lot of speculation whether it will be able for sale again or not. The US Mint then opened the flood gates on December 3 again, which led to it being listed as “out of stock” again. After that the sale of units has been opened again in dribs and drabs and at uncertain intervals with no prior notification given, even to those who have subscribed to receive email notification. 

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2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set – Tri-fold Folder

Source of Above Images: US Mint

For how long the musical chairs will continue stand to be seen, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it will run for a while, especially given the 50,000 product limit. The limit is not that high, but even products with that sort of limit tends to take long to sell out. However, with no household order limit in place and the uniqueness of the product, I would also not be surprised if it sells out quickly, especially if dealers and flippers get to jump on it more often than not.

2014 Coin and Currency Set

It seems that more than one potential buyer are annoyed by the fact that the “out of stock” designation used by the U.S. Mint can mean more than one thing. As Bob (rvnmedic6869) at MCF notes: So, what does “out of stock” mean this second time? Truly out of stock and producing more, or the number of orders hit the 50k limit and actually is sold out?

Who knows what is going to happen next, but the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set, which has seen first light in honor of Native American hospitality during the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is clearly generating a lot of interest, although most likely not for all the right reasons.

For those of you not familiar with the Lewis and Clark Expedition or the Corps of Discovery Expedition

It was an expedition commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson shortly after the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. It was the first expedition to cross the Western United States (or Western portion of the US) and consisted of a select group of U.S. Army volunteers led by Lewis and Clark. Lewis was a Captain while Clark was a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

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Lewis and Clark

The primary aim of the expedition, which lasted from May 1804 to September 1806, was three-fold:

  • Explore and map the newly acquired territory,
  • find a practical route across the Western half of the continent,
  • and establish an American territorial presence before other countries try to claim it.

Secondary aims included: “to study the area’s plants, animal life, and geography, and establish trade with local Indian tribes” (Wikipedia). 

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Route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Source of Above Images: Wikipedia

The Lewis and Clark Expedition was for most part a huge success, despite the fact that they didn’t manage to find continuous water to the Pacific Ocean. However, they did reach the Pacific, mapped and established the presence required for a legal claim to the land. They also established trade and diplomatic relations with at least 24 indigenous nations. It should be noted that they did encounter hostilities from two rival tribes, namely the Teton-Sioux tribe under Black Buffalo and the Partisan tribe. However, most of the Indian nations they encountered “offered their assistance, providing the expedition with their knowledge of the wilderness and with the acquisition of food” (Wikipedia).

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Back to the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set

The set actually includes the Enhanced Uncirculated 2014 Native American $1 Coin as well as a $1 note produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

To be more exact, the 2014-D Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin is struck at the Denver Mint and carries the “D” mint mark, while the 2013 $1 Federal Reserve Note is printed for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Both the coin and the note come neatly packaged within a very presentable tri-fold folder, which contains more information pertaining to the coin, note and the role Native Americans played during the Lewis and Clark Expedition, as well as a Certificate of Authenticity (CoA).

Controversy…

The $1 note that’s part of the set seems to have unleashed more controversy than excitement, although probably a good mix of both.

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2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set – 2013 $1 Federal Reserve Note

The reason for the controversy is because a portion of the market feels that a 2014 $1 note, or even a $2 note depicting President Thomas Jefferson (who commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition), would have been more appropriate or made more sense. In fact, it is difficult to understand why the Mint decided to include a 2013 $1 Federal Reserve Note, something they’ve failed to explain this far. One cannot help to think that they have some explaining to do, especially considering their claim that reads: “Distinctive pairing of an enhanced uncirculated 2014” (US Mint Website). What exactly is distinctive in terms of the pairing here?

Given the above, it should be safe to say that the 2014-D Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin seems to be the star of the proverbial show.

2007 Presidential Dollars Thomas Jefferson Position A First Day of Issue

2007 Presidential Dollars Thomas Jefferson Position A First Day of Issue

In addition, I don’t know how much quality control has improved at the U.S. Mint since the 2007 Presidential Dollars were minted, but personally I am hoping to see an error coin or two among the 2014-D Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coins, especially considering that it also has the date and mint mark on its rim.

Prices…

The 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set, if and when available from the Mint again, can be purchased at a price of $13.95 per set. This while all online orders of $100 or more, placed by December 11 at the US Mint website, will qualify for free holiday shipping.

Thus, you can get the best price on these coins in Original Government Packaging (OGP) by buying directly from the Mint’s website. However, expect to play a game of musical chairs earmarked by on and off availability with little or no prior notification.

2014 Coin and Currency Set

Alternatively the set can be purchased at online market places such as eBay or from  major online coin & precious metals dealer, ModernCoinMart (MCM), which is currently offering the Enhanced Uncirculated Native American Dollar graded NGC SP69 Early Releases at a very special price of $99. If you buy the coin from MCM, they will include the $1 note PMG graded GEM UNC at no additional charge. Just $99 while supplies last!

If you wish to buy and hold these for investment purposes (or potentially make serious money from it), you may want to buy high grade coins graded and slabbed by reputable coin grading companies such as NGC and PCGS. No guarantee is of course given that these will hold value, long-term or otherwise, but professionally graded and slabbed high grade coins tend to uphold its value better than low grade coins.

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Enhanced Uncirculated Native American Dollar graded NGC SP69 Early Releases

Needless to say, you want to compare prices and keep potential future price performance (or lack thereof) in mind.

I personally expect the prices of these coins to settle at the $20-30 mark long-term in OGP. On the other hand, I expect prices of high grade coins to settle at much higher price levels, probably within the $80-650 price range (if not higher).

However, a lot will depend on whether we will see the full production of 50,000 of these sets and how wide the sets will be distributed. Given the fact that there is no household limit, it could lead to a situation where the widest possible distribution is not accomplished.

Keep in mind that no guarantee is given here; I am making predictions based on my personal experiences. It must not be deemed as investment or financial advice.

Complementary Sets

If you’re looking for previously issued Lewis & Clark coin and/or currency sets to complement your 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set, then you may want to consider the following sets that were issued by the U.S. Mint in 2004:

2004 Lewis and Clark Coinage and Currency Set

The 2004 Lewis and Clark Coinage and Currency Set was limited to 50,000 units and achieved a full sell out. 

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2004 Lewis and Clark Coinage and Currency Set – Replica Series 1901 $10 “Bison” United States Note

The set contains the following coinage and currency:

  • Uncirculated Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Silver Dollar.
  • 2 x Uncirculated 2004-dated Westward Journey Nickel Series™ coins.
  • 2004-dated Uncirculated Golden Dollar.
  • Silver plated bronze replica of the Jefferson Peace Medal.
  • Replica Series 1901 $10 “Bison” United States Note.

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2004 Lewis and Clark Coinage and Currency Set – Silver-plated bronze duplicate of Peach Medal

Besides coinage and currency, the 2004 Lewis and Clark Coinage and Currency Set also contains:

  • Two insightful booklets pertaining to the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Louisiana Purchase.
  • 3 x Lewis & Clark expedition-themed stamps

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2004 Lewis and Clark Coinage and Currency Set – Stamps

Source of Above Images: Provident Metals

The 2004 Lewis and Clark Coinage and Currency Set was issued on May 12, 2004, at a price of $90 per set. The set can currently be purchased at eBay at “Buy Now” prices that range from as low as $38 to as high as $200 per set.

Lewis & Clark Coin & Pouch Set

Each Lewis & Clark Coin & Pouch Set came with a handcrafted pouch and a proof version of the 2004 Lewis and Clark Silver Dollar. This set was also limited to 50,000 sets and achieved a full sell out.

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Lewis & Clark Coin & Pouch Set

It was released on September 7, 2004 at a price of $120 each. The delay in release was due to the fact that the pouches that were included in the sets had to be crafted by hand. This was done by Native American artisans from no less than 11 Native American tribal nations which ensured that no two pouches are exactly alike. The first batch of pouches was made by members of the following tribes: Shawnee United Remnant Band of Ohio, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – Errol, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – Wynona, Confederated Tribes of Salish & Kootenai, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Blackfeet nation.

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Lewis & Clark Coin & Pouch Set – 2004 Lewis and Clark Silver Dollar

Interesting enough, the U.S. Mint states in a later update: “It has come to the attention of the United States Mint that the Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band of Ohio, one of the organizations whose artisans produced pouches for the 2004 United States Mint Lewis and Clark Coin and Pouch Set, is not officially recognized as an Indian tribe by state or Federal authorities. Accordingly, we are informing members of the public who own a set containing a pouch produced by the Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band of Ohio that the pouch is not an authentic American “Indian” arts and crafts product” (2004 United States Mint Lewis and Clark Coin and Pouch Sets Containing Pouches From the Shawnee Nation United Remnant Band of Ohio).

The U.S. Mint first ordered 30,000 pouches, but had to commission a subset of the original Native Americans to produce 20,000 more pouches. This was after they realized that demand for the Lewis & Clark Coin & Pouch Set was extremely high and required the entire 50,000 pouches, which allegedly cost $35 per pouch. In addition, some claim that the 20,000 additional pouches ordered were of a much lower quality than the first 30,000 ordered. If you wish to read more about the pouches and the artisans that were involved, then be sure to pay a visit here.

The Lewis & Clark Coin & Pouch Set can currently be purchased at eBay at “Buy Now” prices that range from as low as $65 to as high as $350 per set. Prices of the sets seem to be heavily dependent on the individual artists who designed each poach. E.g. poaches hand crafted by Leonard Good Bear of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes for one seem to demand higher prices and premiums.

Why should you be interested in the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set?

  • Product limit: 50,000 (no more than 50,000 sets will be available for sale).
  • Date and mint mark on rim.
  • Honors Native American hospitality.
  • First enhanced uncirculated clad coin (issued by the U.S. Mint).

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Specs

  • Denomination: Dollar
  • Quality: Enhanced Uncirculated
  • Composition: 6% Zine, 3.5% Manganese, 2% Nickel
  • Weight: 8.1 grams
  • Diameter: 1.043 inches (26.49 mm)
  • Thickness: 2.00 mm
  • Edge: Lettering
  • Mint and Mint Mark: Denver – D

Be sure to get more information directly from the Mint’s website.