2013 Limited Edition Set Offers Popular Silver Coins

by Coin Collecting News on December 14, 2013

Out this week from the United States Mint is the 2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set. Released on the 12th, this specially designed set for coin collectors has seven silver coins composed in 90% silver and one in 99.9% silver.

2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set

2013 Limited Edition Silver Proof Set

The latter is the Mint’s most popular silver coin, the 2013 Proof American Silver Eagle. It has been sold by itself and released annually since 1986 with this year’s individual option selling out in November with last reported sales of 865,512. This silver coin was produced at the US Mint facility in West Point and has a mint mark of ‘W’.

The other silver coins of the limited edition set include those found within the annual Silver Proof Set, which is still available from the Mint and has current sales of 389,857. Coin are the:

  • Kennedy half-dollar,
  • Roosevelt dime and the
  • five 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters honoring White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire), Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Ohio), Great Basin National Park (Nevada), Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Maryland), and Mount Rushmore National Memorial in (South Dakota).

These silver coins were produced at the US Mint facility in San Francisco and have mint marks of ‘S’.

What makes the Limited Edition Silver Proof Set stand out for collectors is its packaging which enables attractive viewing of all eight coins. For some, it could make an ideal gift.

On the downside, this coin collecting product is more pricey at $139.95. The annual Silver Proof Set is still available from the US Mint for $53.95. While the individual proof American Silver Eagle is no longer sold, it is also within the Mint’s 2013 Congratulations Set and is available for $54.95. In other words, you can buy these two particular coin collecting products, spend $31 less and have the same silver coins that are within the set.

This is the second year of release for the Limited Edition Silver Proof Set. Last year’s set sold out with sales of 50,169. This year’s set has a limit of 50,000.

To order the new set, visit the US Mint at www.usmint.gov.

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Sold Out US Mint Products, Last Chance at Collector Coins

by Coin Collecting News on December 8, 2013

Two United States Mint products for collectors sold out last week, and the bureau just published a list of other coin collecting products that will go off sale by year’s end.

Sold US Mint Products - uncirculated American Gold Eagle and Fort McHenry silver coin

This year’s uncirculated American Gold Eagle and the uncirculated Fort McHenry silver coin sold out

No longer available are the 2013-P Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin and the 2013-W American Eagle Gold Uncirculated Coin.

The uncirculated American Gold Eagle, released on June 6, 2013, sold out this past Tuesday, December 3. Most recent US Mint sales have it at 7,329. Its sales total will change from there some, but not enough to make it move from the second least sold uncirculated American Gold Eagle in the series. Here is a table showing how it compares to mintages of the past collector coins from the series.

1/2 oz 1/4 oz 1/10 oz 1 oz
2013 Not Made 7,329
2012 6,118
2011 8,822
2008 12,657 8,883 15,682 11,908
2007 22,501 12,766 11,455 18,606
2006 20,643 15,188 15,164 45,053

 

2013-P Fort McHenry Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins, released on August 29, 2013, also sold out this past Tuesday. This fourth release of five 2013 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins has US Mint sales of 19,634, which will also change slightly. There is just one coin now available from the series. Here is a table showing how Fort McHenry issue compares to all the other collector coins released:

2010 Hot Springs National Park 27,000*
2010 Yellowstone National Park 27,000*
2010 Yosemite National Parks 27,000*
2010 Grand Canyon National Park 26,019*
2010 Mount Hood National Park 26,928*
2011 Gettysburg National Park 24,625*
2011 Glacier National Park 20,856*
2011 Olympic National Park 18,398*
2011 Vicksburg National Park 18,594*
2011 Chickasaw National Park 16,827*
2012 El Yunque National Park 17,314*
2012 Chaco Culture National Park 17,146*
2012 Acadia National Park 14,978*
2012 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 14,863*
2012 Denali National Park 15,225*
2013 White Mountain National Forest 20,534*
2013 Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial 17,719*
2013 Great Basin National Park 17,809*
2013 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 19,634*
2013 Mount Rushmore National Memorial 21,135

 

In the above table, a star “*” denotes that the coin is no longer available from the United States Mint.

Last Chance at US Mint Coins for Collector

On Friday, the US Mint released its list of coin collecting products that will not be available for long because they will go off sale at noon ET on December 31, 2013. These products include:

  • 2013 5-Star Generals $5 Gold Commemorative Coins – Proof & Uncirculated
  • 2013 5-Star Generals $1 Silver Commemorative Coins – Proof & Uncirculated
  • 2013 5-Star Generals 50c Commemorative Coins – Proof & Uncirculated
  • 2013 5-Star Generals Profile Collection
  • 2013 Girls Scouts Centennial $1 Silver Commemorative Coins – Proof & Uncirculated
  • 2013 Girl Scouts Young Collectors Set
  • 2012 America the Beautiful Quarters Silver Proof Set
  • 2012 Proof Platinum Eagle
  • 2012 Alice Paul Suffragist First Spouse Gold Coin – Uncirculated
  • 2012 Frances Cleveland 1st Term First Spouse Gold Coins – Proof & Uncirculated
  • 2012 Caroline Harrison First Spouse Gold Coins – Proof & Uncirculated
  • 2012 Frances Cleveland 2nd Term First Spouse Gold Coins – Proof & Uncirculated

To order any of the above coin collecting products, visit the US Mint website at www.usmint.gov or visit its last chance products page right here.

Last chance products are advertised as first come and first served, and without any household ordering limits. They have a 7-day return policy. If a product is returned due to damage, the US Mint states it cannot guarantee it will be replaced. If that is the case, the Mint will refund it.

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Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins

by Coin Collecting News on December 1, 2013

Two more 2013 $10 First Spouse Gold Coins are among collectible products from the United States Mint to make an appearance in early December.

Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins

Helen Taft and Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins

Proof and uncirculated coins celebrating Helen Taft launch on Monday, December 2, 2013. They will start at prices of $815 for the proof and $795 for the uncirculated. Like all US Mint coin collecting products composed from gold, 24-karat gold in the case of all First Spouse Gold Coins, their prices may get adjusted weekly.

Then on Monday, December 9, 2013, collectible First Spouse Gold Coins honoring Ellen Wilson will make their debut. Their prices should be the same as the others already released, but that won’t be known for sure until Wednesday when the US Mint determines if gold coin pricing adjustments are required.

Coins in the spousal series usually appear earlier in the year and with releases spread apart. But, like last year, there were production issues and that delayed all of this year’s five coins.

Obverses or heads side of these coins for collectors feature portraits of the spouse honored. A description of the designs and designers follows.

Helen Taft Gold Coin Designs

Helen Taft’s portrait was designed by William C. Burgard and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Inscriptions read HELEN TAFT, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, her years of service, 27th 1909-1913, the West Point W mint mark and artists initials.

Helen Taft First Spouse Gold Coins

Helen Taft Gold Coins

The reverse or tails side of Helen’s coins was designed by Richard Masters and sculpted by Charles Vickers. It depicts a branch of Japanese cherry blossoms, symbolizing her instrumental role in bringing the cherry trees to Washington, D.C. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10 and 1/2 OZ. 9999 FINE GOLD.

Ellen Wilson Gold Coin Designs

Edith Roosevelt’s portrait was designed by Frank Morris and sculpted by Charles Vickers. Inscriptions read ELLEN WILSON, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, her years of service, 28th 1913-1914, the West Point W mint mark and artists initials.

Ellen Wilson First Spouse Gold Coins

Ellen Wilson Gold Coins

The reverse was designed and sculpted by Don Everhart. It depicts roses with the White House in the background, a tribute to Edith’s creation of the White House Rose Garden. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10 and 1/2 OZ. 9999 FINE GOLD.

Ordering

First Spouse Gold Coins are available through the United States Mint website at www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

The first two spousal designs honoring Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt were released in November. The final gold coin for Edith Wilson has a US Mint scheduled release date of December 16, 2013.

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Last 2013 ATB Quarter Products for Collectors

by Coin Collecting News on November 23, 2013

This week the United States Mint released the final two collector products holding 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters.

Mount Rushmore Quarters Three-Coin Sets, 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set

2013 Mount Rushmore Quarters Three-Coin Sets and 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set

2013 Mount Rushmore America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Sets are available for $9.95 each and the new annual 2013 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set is $5.95.

Both of these products made for collectors are available at the http://www.usmint.gov/catalog or by calling 1-888-321-MINT (6468).

America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set

Annual Circulating Coin Sets have 10 quarters. Five are from the U.S. Mint facility in Denver and five from the U.S. Mint facility in Philadelphia. This year’s quarters bear designs honoring:

  • White Mountain National Forest (New Hampshire),
  • Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial (Ohio),
  • Great Basin National Park (Nevada),
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Maryland), and
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial (South Dakota)

The packaging for this set is designed as a temporary holder since the coins may easily be retrieved. The United States Mint advertises the product packaging as a way to get the quarters for "albums and other collecting tools."

Mount Rushmore Quarters Three-Coin Set

The latest America the Beautiful Quarters Three-Coin Set marks the 20th release in the series and the fifth and final for this year. Found within an attractive card are three encapsulated Mount Rushmore quarters in two different qualities for collectors. They are:

  • an uncirculated quarter from the U.S. Mint facility at Philadelphia,
  • an uncirculated quarter from the U.S. Mint facility at Denver and
  • a proof quarter from the U.S. Mint facility at San Francisco

These quarters are not designed for easy removal since that is not intended. Instead, the quarters are meant for display within the presentation card which has an image of Mount Rushmore, information about it, the quarter’s design and a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins

by Coin Collecting News on November 17, 2013

Two of the five 2013 First Spouse Gold Coins for collectors make their debut in November.

Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins

Ida McKinley and Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins

The one-half ounce, 24-karat gold coins honoring Ida McKinley launched this past Thursday, November 14, 2013. Staring prices are $820 for the uncirculated coin and $840 for the proof coin. These price points can change weekly, and were set based on gold averaging between $1,250 and $1,299.99 an ounce.

Arriving this Thursday, November 21, 2013, are the proof and uncirculated Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins. The United States Mint determines and adjusts gold coin prices, if necessary, on Wednesdays so opening prices for the Edith Roosevelt coins will not be known until the 20th.

First Spouse Gold Coins are normally released throughout the year with a new design issued every 2-3 months. Like last year, there were production problems with some of this year’s coins so all five designs are late.

Obverses or heads side of these coins for collectors feature portraits of the spouse honored.

Ida McKinley Gold Coin Designs

Ida McKinley’s portrait was designed by Susan Gamble and sculpted by Phebe Hemphill. Inscriptions around it include IDA McKINLEY, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, her years of service, 25th 1897-1901, the West Point W mint mark and artist initials.

Ida McKinley First Spouse Gold Coins

Ida McKinley Gold Coins

The reverse or tails side of Ida’s coins was designed by Donna Weaver and sculpted by Renata Gordon. It depicts two hands crocheting. Ida McKinley is remembered for crocheting thousands of slippers that were auctioned off for charity. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10 and 1/2 OZ. 9999 FINE GOLD.

Edith Roosevelt Gold Coin Designs

Edith Roosevelt’s portrait was designed by Joel Iskowitz and sculpted by Joseph Menna. Inscriptions around it include Edith Roosevelt, IN GOD WE TRUST, LIBERTY, 2013, her years of service, 26th 1901-1909, the West Point W mint mark and artist initials.

Edith Roosevelt First Spouse Gold Coins

Edith Roosevelt Gold Coins

The reverse was designed by Chris Costello and sculpted by Don Everhart. It depicts the White House with a slightly off-center column and compass, representing Mrs. Roosevelt’s work in the restoration of the White House in 1902. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, $10 and 1/2 OZ. 9999 FINE GOLD.

Ordering

First Spouse Gold Coins and other coin collecting products from the United States Mint may be ordered through its website at www.usmint.gov/catalog, or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Other issues for this year include those honoring Helen Taft, with an expected launch date of December 2, 2013, and those for Ellen and Edith Wilson which do not yet have a release date.

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