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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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2017-P Ozark Riverways 5 Ounce Silver Coin for Collectors

Ozark National Scenic Riverways is honored on a 5-ounce silver coin that the United States Mint is introducing on Tuesday, July 11. This numismatic or collector coin is the third this year and the thirty-eighth overall from the U.S. Mint’s program of America the Beautiful 5 Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins. Program issues are produced at the […]

2017 Bullion American Silver Eagle Sales Fizzle in June

June was not a hot month in terms of 2017 American Eagle Silver bullion coin sales. It ended at 986,000 and that made the month the second slowest of the year for the United States Mint. So far, only April was slower with 835,000 coins purchased, but June’s slowdown seemed extra dramatic when compared to […]

2017 Silver Proof Set Release, Includes 10 Coins for Collectors

On Wednesday, June 7, the U.S. Mint will release one of its most popular annual products for collectors, the 2017 Silver Proof Set. This set has 10 coins in a proof finish, produced at the U.S. Mint in San Francisco with each bearing the facility’s ‘S’ mintmark. The coins are: 2017-S Native American $1 Coin […]

United States Mint Releases Annual Silver Proof Set on June 7

WASHINGTON – The United States Mint will open sales for the 2017 United States Mint Silver Proof Set® (product code 17RH) on June 7 at noon Eastern Time (ET).

This set is priced at $47.95 and contains the following coins:

  • Five silver Quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (IA); Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (DC); Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO); Ellis Island (New Jersey); and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (IN).
  • One Native American $1 Coin with a reverse design featuring a profiled likeness of Sequoyah writing “Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation” in syllabary along the border of the design. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES of AMERICA,” “$1” and “Sequoyah” written in English in the field of the design.
  • One Kennedy silver half dollar
  • One Roosevelt silver dime
  • One Jefferson nickel
  • One Lincoln penny

The quarters, half dollar, and dime are struck in 90 percent silver. All coins bear the “S” mint mark of the United States Mint at San Francisco. Each set includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

The Mint will accept orders at its online catalog and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT. Visit us online for information about shipping options.

The United States Mint Silver Proof Set is also available for purchase through the Product Enrollment Program. For additional information about this convenient order method, please review our FAQs.

Celebrate 2 U.S. Mint Engravers with special hand-signed 2-coin sets!

John Mercanti has been honored with the David Rittenhouse Award

Celebrate his achievements with signed 2-coin sets!

John Mercanti is a legend in the numismatic community. While boasting dozens of coin designs, Mercanti is best-known for his heraldic eagle design on the reverse of the American Silver Eagle. Mercanti also holds the title of the 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint! On May 17th, Mercanti accepted the David Rittenhouse Award and ModernCoinMart (MCM) was able to attend the ceremony to show our support.

2017-S American Silver Eagle Proof 2-Coin Congratulations Set NGC PF70 UC First Releases (Black Core Holder – Jones & Blue Mercanti Signed Labels)

This award was named after the first Director of the U.S. Mint, who was appointed by George Washington. Barbara Rittenhouse, descendent of David Rittenhouse and current President of the Board of Directors for Historic RittenhouseTown, said: “We reserve this prestigious award for those who have contributed their talents at the highest level to our nation.”

2017-S American Silver Eagle Proof 2-Coin Congratulations Set NGC PF70 UC First Releases (Jones & Blue Mercanti Signed Labels)

To celebrate, MCM is offering special 2-coin sets that have been hand-signed by John Mercanti and Elizabeth Jones! Each set has been certified by NGC to be in PF70 or PF69 condition with the coveted First Releases designation. These sets are available both in the standard white core holders and attractive black core holders. Join them as they celebrate the remarkable contributions of John Mercanti, as well as the fascinating history of numismatics.

Didn’t make it to the event? No problem. MCM was able to give their customers a behind-the-scenes look and it’s all available on their site. Click here to watch!

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Frederick Douglass 5 Oz Coin Sales Debut

Leading all products in this week’s United States Mint sales stats was the newly released 2017-P Frederick Douglass Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin. It launched on Tuesday, May 2 and by Sunday, May 7 its debut sales hit 13,761. The previous strike in the America the Beautiful series, celebrating Effigy Mounds in Iowa, experienced a slightly […]