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United States Mint Unveils Winning Designs to be Featured on World War I Centennial Silver Dollar

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint unveiled the winning designs in the World War I Centennial 2018 Commemorative Coin Design Competition today. The unveiling took place during the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) Annual Meeting and Exposition at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

The designs, by LeRoy Transfield of Orem, Utah, will be featured on the obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) of the World War I Centennial Silver Dollar scheduled for release next year.

“Our team at the U.S. Mint is proud to have the honor of crafting the coin that will commemorate the contributions and the history made by American men and women-of all walks of life-who bravely stepped forward 100 years ago to defend the interests of the nation and that of her allies,” said Thomas Johnson, Chief of the United States Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications, who spoke at the ceremony.

The obverse design, titled “Soldier’s Charge,” depicts an almost stone-like soldier gripping a rifle. Barbed wire twines in the lower right-hand side of the design. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY,” “1918,” “2018,” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.”

The wire design element continues onto the reverse design, titled “Poppies in the Wire,” which features abstract poppies mixed in with barbed wire. Inscriptions include “ONE DOLLAR,” “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” and “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”

Now retired United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart sculpted both designs.

Additional participants in the unveiling included Under Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy, U.S. World War I Centennial Commission Chair Robert Dalessandro, and World War I re-enactors who unveiled the designs.

The World War I American Veterans Centennial Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 113-212) authorizes the minting and issuance of not more than 350,000 silver dollars in commemoration of the centennial of America’s involvement in World War I. A surcharge of $10 for each coin sold is authorized to be paid to the United States Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars to assist the World War I Centennial Commission in commemorating the centenary of World War I.

Additional details about the World War I Centennial Silver Dollar will be announced prior to the coin’s release in 2018.

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A first from the China Mint: Chinese coins with a U.S. design!

Beijing International Coin Exposition Commemoratives First-ever U.S. Design on a Chinese Coin!

The China Mint has a popular and longstanding tradition of striking unique, commemorative coins or medals for shows and expositions around the world. The Chinese government’s commemoration of their 2016 Beijing International Coin Exposition has led to a numismatic first – a Chinese coin with a U.S. design!

2016 China Beijing Coin Expo 30 g Silver Proof ¥10 Coin NGC PF70 UC (Exclusive Great Wall Label)

Along with a classic Chinese “junk dollar” design, the obverse of this ¥10 silver coin has been emblazoned with the Indian Head side of a U.S. Buffalo Nickel. An iconic piece of U.S. circulation coinage, the buffalo nickel is particularly important to those who found their way to coin collecting after discovering the classic design in their pocket change.

2016 China Beijing Coin Expo 30 g Silver Proof ¥10 Coin NGC PF70 UC Early Releases (Chinese Character Label)

While inventory lasts, shop coins certified by NGC as Proof 69 and 70, with exclusive Great Wall labels and coveted designations. Out of a limited mintage of 30,000, only a fraction made their way to the U.S. Make sure one of these issues ends up in your collection!

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June 24

Roanoke Half Dollar

Approved on the 24th day of June in 1936, the Roanoke Half Dollar celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Roanoke Colony, more famously known as the Lost Colony.

Designed by William Marks Simpson the Roanoke Half features Sir Walter Raleigh on the coins obverse and Ellinore Dare with child Virginia Dare on the reverse. Raleigh was granted the charter for colonization by Queen Elizabeth I while Ellinore Dare birthed  the first child born in America to English parents.

Legislation authorized a minimum mintage of 25,000 coins with no maximum and the Philadelphia Mint would strike a total of 50,000 coins. Sales would be better than other recent issues but many would be returned leaving a total of just over 29,000.

Battle of Antietam Half Dollar

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam an act would be approved on the 24th day of June in 1937 authorizing up to 50,000 half dollars. All would be struck at the Philadelphia Mint and eventually 32,000 would be returned for melting, leaving the lowest mintage of the three Civil War themed classic commemoratives (Stone Mountain, Gettysburg, and Antietam).

Also designed by William Marks Simpson the Antietam Half features Generals George B. McClellan and Robert E. Lee on the obverse and the Burnside Bridge on the reverse.

The Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg) took place on September 17th, 1862. Over 22,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded on that day making it the most bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War.

Roanoke Half Dollar and Battle of Antietam Half coin images acquired with permission from David Lawrence Rare Coins.

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