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Bring home the Smithsonian legacy in a new silver proof set!

Bring home the Smithsonian legacy in a new silver proof set!

The Smithsonian Institution is one of the greatest establishments in the United States. But where did this colossus of cultural collections come from? And how did it come to be?

The tale is as fascinating as it is revealing. And it began nearly 190 years ago, when James Smithson, a wealthy British chemist and mineralist, passed away in 1829.

He left his sizable estate to his nephew, Henry James Dickinson. But when Dickinson died several years later without an heir, a stipulation in Smithson’s will went into effect.

Set of 2 – 1838 Smithsonian Founders Silver Proofs NGC PF70 UC (Smithsonian Founders Labels)

All of his assets would go “to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge…”

Smithson’s final wish was graciously accepted by the U.S. Congress, which requested that the monies sent would be newly struck Gold Sovereigns — bearing the profile of the recently-crowned Queen Victoria.

The Royal Mint went to work, and soon 104,960 1838 British Gold Sovereigns were loaded on a ship bound for America.

Once Smithson’s treasure arrived, that coinage was shipped to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, where it was melted down and turned into 1838-dated $10 U.S. “Liberty” Gold Eagles — equaling more than $11 million in today’s money!

Now you can own .999 pure silver versions of the 1838 British Sovereign and U.S. Liberty Eagle — two gold coins that built the original Smithsonian Institution!

Add a piece of this incredible true story to your collection — with two dual-dated .999 pure silver proofs struck by the Commonwealth Mint, each modeled after the coins that made the founding of the Smithsonian Institution possible.

Officially evaluated by the Queen’s Assay office and approved by the Smithsonian Institution, this historic Silver Founder’s Two-Proof Set comes in a beautiful black lacquered wooden box, featuring a pewter engraving of the original Smithsonian Castle.

The coins enclosed will be graded as either Gem Proofs or perfect Proof 70 Ultra Cameo (PF70UC) coins by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation — each sonically sealed in individual acrylic cases with distinctive “Founder’s Set” labels, specially-designed for this occasion!

Order yours today! Only a very limited number of these sets will be minted and released. So don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to bring this 190-year-old story home!

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Morgan’s once-lost design now struck in 1/10 oz. pure gold!

Official Smithsonian 1/10 oz. Gold Union Commemorative

Honoring a design that was almost lost in time!

George T. Morgan is well-known for designing the highly popular Morgan Silver Dollar, as well as serving as the 7th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint from 1879 to 1917. He is considered by some to be one of the greatest coin designers in American history. In the summer of 2006, some of his original coin sketches were unearthed by researchers in the Smithsonian archives. Among these sketches was something never before seen — the design for a $100 5 oz. gold coin — the legendary Union!

Now that this creation has been brought back to light, we could not allow it to be forgotten again. Working alongside the Smithsonian, ModernCoinMart (MCM) created a 1/10 oz. gold commemorative proof that showcases Morgan’s historical design. Collectors and admirers of the great work of George T. Morgan now have a chance to see firsthand what the proposed 1876 $100 Gold Union coin would have looked like. Struck in 1/10 oz .999 fine gold, these proofs are available now at a price anyone can afford!

This stunning release has been expertly reviewed by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and is available in GEM Proof and PF70 condition. Each coin is secured in the sealed NGC holder with the official Smithsonian authorized label. This pure gold historical commemorative once nearly lost forever, is now available for purchase exclusively through ModernCoinMart. With a mintage of only 500 pieces, these re-strikes will not last long. Act now, and secure a piece of history for your collection today!

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Morgan’s once-lost design now struck in 1/10 oz. pure gold!

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Official Smithsonian 1/10 oz. Gold Union Commemorative

Honoring a design that was almost lost in time!

George T. Morgan is well-known for designing the highly popular Morgan Silver Dollar, as well as serving as the 7th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint from 1879 to 1917. He is considered by some to be one of the greatest coin designers in American history. In the summer of 2006, some of his original coin sketches were unearthed by researchers in the Smithsonian archives. Among these sketches was something never before seen — the design for a $100 5 oz. gold coin — the legendary Union!

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2016 Private Issue 1/10 oz. Proof Gold George T. Morgan 1876 $100 Union NGC PF70 UC

Now that this creation has been brought back to light, ModernCoinMart (MCM) could not allow it to be forgotten again. Working alongside the Smithsonian, they created a 1/10 oz. gold commemorative proof that showcases Morgan’s historical design. Collectors and admirers of the great work of George T. Morgan now have a chance to see firsthand what the proposed 1876 $100 Gold Union coin would have looked like. Struck in 1/10 oz .999 fine gold, these proofs are available now at a price anyone can afford!

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This stunning release has been expertly reviewed by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) and is available in GEM Proof and PF70 condition. Each coin is secured in the sealed NGC holder with the official Smithsonian authorized label. This pure gold historical commemorative once nearly lost forever, is now available for purchase exclusively through ModernCoinMart. With a mintage of only 500 pieces, these re-strikes will not last long. Act now, and secure a piece of history for your collection today!

Purchase This 1/10 oz. Gold Commemorative Proof NOW!

The coins that never were – Carson City Gold Proofs at a price you won’t believe!

1885-CC Gold Half Eagle

Lost in time – the 1885-CC Gold Half Eagle

Struck by the Carson City Mint, this is the “CC” coin that never was!

Legislation for these coins never passed, so the coins were never put into circulation. These “lost designs” have since been re-discovered and painstakingly recreated in the form of gold commemoratives so that collectors like you can add them to their collection and appreciate their historical significance.

1885-CC Gold $5 Commemorative Proof

1885-CC Gold $5 Commemorative Proof

Struck from 8.35 grams of .900 fine gold, this commemorative honors the lost 1885-CC $5 Coronet Half Eagle. No gold Half Eagles were struck from the Carson City Mint during 1885 and the series ended in 1890, making it difficult for collectors around the world to obtain these coins.

In an agreement with the Carson City Mint, ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to offer the lost Carson City Mint 1885 Half Eagle certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as GEM Deep Prooflike condition.

ModernCoinMart’s “Coins That Never Were” Collection

As a leader in the numismatic industry, ModernCoinMart is currently offering a wide variety of commemorates that honor designs that have been lost to the sands of time. Each design has been carefully reconstructed with modern minting technology and certified by NGC in GEM Proof, PF69, & PF70 condition. Limited quantities of these commemoratives are available with labels that have been hand-signed by the designer, US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti! Why add something to your collection that everyone else already has? Order a lost design from ModernCoinMart today and enjoy fast, free domestic shipping with no minimum!

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