2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins in Gold, Silver and Clad

by Darrin Lee Unser on March 21, 2013 · 35 comments

Today, March 21, 2013, the United States Mint released clad half-dollar, silver dollar and $5 gold 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins. Each is available from the U.S. Mint at introductory pricing.

2013 Proof 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins

2013 Proof 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins

Struck in uncirculated and proof qualities, the commemoratives honor five United States Army 5-star generals and celebrate the 132nd anniversary of the founding of the United States Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC).

As first discussed last year and described further below, the individuals featured on the commemorative coins include Douglas MacArthur, George C. Marshall, Henry "Hap" Arnold, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar N. Bradley. All five were affiliated with the CGSC in some fashion, either as students or as instructors.

Prices and Specifications of 5-Star General Commemorative Coins and Three-Coin Proof Set

Prices for the $5 gold coins may vary weekly based on the U.S. Mint’s coin pricing matrix. Initial pricing stands at $485.50 for the proof and $480.50 for the uncirculated. These price points reflect a $5 introductory discount that expires at 5 p.m. (ET) on April 19, 2013.

2013 Uncirculated 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins

2013 Uncirculated 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins

Proof silver dollars are initially $54.95 and uncirculated dollars are $50.95. Like their gold counterparts, this introductory pricing reflects a $5 discount which expires on April 19th.

In clad products, the proof half-dollar is $17.95 and the uncirculated is $16.95. After April 19th, their prices increase by $4.

Finally, there is the 2013 5-Star Generals Three-Coin Proof Set for $546.50. Its price goes up $5 after April 19. Included within the set are proofs of the $5 gold coin, silver dollar and clad half-dollar.

2013 5-Star Generals Three-Coin Proof Set

2013 5-Star Generals Three-Coin Proof Set

The following table offers specifications for the commemoratives.

2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Specifications

  $5 Gold Coin Silver Dollar Half Dollar
Denomination $5 $1 $0.50
Composition 90% Gold, 10% Alloy 90% Silver, 10% Copper 8.33% Nickel, Balance Copper
Weight 8.359 grams nominal 26.730 grams nominal 11.340 grams (±0.454)
Diameter 0.850 inch (±0.003) or 21.59 mm (±0.08) 1.500 inches (±0.003) or 38.10 mm (±0.08) 1.205 inches (±0.002) or 30.61 mm (±0.05)
Edge Reeded Reeded Reeded
Mint Mark Proof ‘W’, Uncirculated ‘P’ Proof ‘P’, Uncirculated ‘W’ Proof ‘P’, Uncirculated ‘D’

 

5-Star Generals $5 Gold Commemorative Coins

Up to 100,000 of the $5 gold coins will be issued by the United States Mint. This includes those struck to proof quality at West Point, which bear the ‘W’ mint mark, and the uncirculated coins from Philadelphia with the ‘P’ mint mark.

2013-W Proof 5-Star Generals $5 Gold Coin

2013-W Proof 5-Star Generals $5 Gold Coin

On the obverse of the gold coin is a portrait of General Douglas MacArthur and the 5-star insignia. Inscriptions include IN GOD WE TRUST, DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, 2013 and LIBERTY. The design was completed by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) Associate Designer Ronald D. Sanders with United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Michael Gaudiso executing.

2013-P Uncirculated 5-Star Generals $5 Gold Coin

2013-P Uncirculated 5-Star Generals $5 Gold Coin

The reverse features a depiction of the Leavenworth Lamp, the symbol of the CGSC. Inscriptions include UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, FIVE DOLLARS and FORT LEAVENWORTH.  AIP Master Designer Barbara Fox designed the reverse image with United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Joseph Menna in charge of execution.

5-Star Generals Silver Dollar Commemorative Coins

The silver dollars have a maximum mintage of 500,000. The proof silver dollars bear a ‘P’ mint mark and the uncirculated silver dollars have the ‘W’ mint mark.

2013-P Proof 5-Star Generals Silver Dollar Obverse

2013-P Proof 5-Star Generals Silver Dollar Obverse

On the obverse are portraits of Generals George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Inscriptions include GEORGE C. MARSHALL, DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, IN GOD WE TRUST, 2013 and LIBERTY. AIP Master Designer Richard Masters designed the obverse, and Joseph Menna was in charge of execution.

Eisenhower’s image on dollar-denominated coins is not new. Ike’s portrait was featured on Eisenhower dollars from 1971 to 1978 and also on 1990 $1 Eisenhower Centennial Commemorative Coins that celebrated the 100th anniversary of his birth. Sales of the centennial commemoratives topped 1.38 million (1,144,461 for the proof and 241,669 for the uncirculated).

2013-W Uncirculated 5-Star Generals Silver Dollar Reverse

2013-W Uncirculated 5-Star Generals Silver Dollar Reverse

The Leavenworth Lamp with the heraldic crest of Fort Leavenworth is depicted on reverses along with the inscriptions of UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ONE DOLLAR, E PLURIBUS UNUM, U.S. ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE and FORT LEAVENWORTH.  Barbara Fox designed the reverse and Joseph Menna was in charge of sculpting it.

5-Star Generals Half-Dollar Commemorative Coins

No more than 750,000 of the half-dollar coins will be released by the United States Mint. The proof coins are struck in San Francisco and carry the ‘S’ mint mark with the uncirculated coins produced in Denver bearing the ‘D’ mint mark.

2013-S Proof 5-Star Generals Half-Dollar

2013-S Proof 5-Star Generals Half-Dollar

Obverses of the clad half-dollar showcase the portraits of Generals Henry "Hap" Arnold and Omar N. Bradley. Inscriptions include LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST, HENRY "HAP" ARNOLD, OMAR N. BRADLEY and 2013.  U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Phebe Hemphill designed and was in charge of execution for the obverse.

2013-D Uncirculated 5-Star Generals Half-Dollar

2013-D Uncirculated 5-Star Generals Half-Dollar

The heraldic crest of Fort Leavenworth is shown on the reverse.  Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM and HALF DOLLAR. Hemphill is also responsible for the design and execution of the reverse.

Order Details, Sales Deadlines and Surcharges

2013 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coins may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint either online, right here, or by phone at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). A shipping and handling charge of $4.95 applies per order.

The $5 gold coins and silver dollars are shipped in a U.S. Mint clamshell case. The half-dollar coins appear in a U.S. Mint box. All coins include a U.S. Mint certificate of authenticity.

As mandated in the 5-Star Generals Commemorative Coin Act (Public Law 111-262), the commemorative coins may only be sold in calendar year 2013. In November, expect the U.S. Mint to publicly announce a sales deadline for the coins of around mid-December. This permits the bureau to follow Public Law 111-262 and still have time to fulfill and deliver coins by year’s end.

Surcharges are included in the price of each coin. These surcharges are set at $35 per gold coin, $10 per silver dollar and $5 per half-dollar coin. Amounts raised will go to the United States Army Command and General Staff College Foundation to help finance its activities in support of the college.

Second 2013 Commemorative Coin Program

These are the second and last group of commemorative coins for this year. In February, the U.S. Mint released commemorative Girl Scouts Silver Dollars that celebrate the centennial founding of Girl Scouts of the USA. Struck in proof and uncirculated qualities, the silver dollars are priced the same as the 5-Star Generals silver coins. Into pricing for them expires next Friday, March 29, after 5 p.m. (ET).

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Victor March 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I just ordered the complete 6 coin set. Wow, $34.90 for two clad halves.

Shawn March 21, 2013 at 12:20 pm

One disgusting display of self righteous militarism. We really need to glorify the bankers and industrialists that made it happen. The media that worked so hard to persuade the masses and the politicians that spoke so fervently, hucksters all.

The beauty of the eagles are the celebration of liberty, an ideal that glorifies the diminishment of government and the elimination of the police state.

These are coins worth buying every time they hit the market.

Unai March 21, 2013 at 1:22 pm

6 coin set?

Victor March 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Shawn, it was, is and always will be the person, willing to put on a uniform, train and put his or her life on the line, so that you can spout off about militarism. Warriors ask nothing of you for doing this. They do ask that you be grateful for their sacrifices, and the heavy price many of them pay, to keep you and yours, safe. Of course, only someone who has served would never have to be reminded, of this.

Brian Y March 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

I just ordered the UNC 50 cent piece. Looks cool! Thanks to all our active duty & veteran service members!

Bud March 21, 2013 at 2:32 pm

I’d advice Shawn to read up on a little history. While I understand and in many ways share his disdain for the way that politicians (of both parties) have used the military to further their progressive goals and their supporters’ pockets since the 1950′s, to use that same disdain to disparage the contributions of George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, “Hap” Arnold, and Omar Bradley, not to mention the thousands of men and women who sacrifice their lives, is going a bit beyond the pale.

Make one thing clear: had the Allies lost the war and the Axis powers won in 1945, neither you nor I would be allowed to type whatever foolishness we wish into an Internet discussion forum without fear of being prosecuted or worse. And if you think these are just theoretical words, ask anyone in Iran or China if they agree.

thePhelps March 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I’m assuming the 6 coin set means gold-silver-clad proof and uncirculated.

Shawn – you really should read a few history books. Your rantings aren’t doing you a whole lot of good in this forum. While there may be instances where our military has failed at all levels – generally – they have excelled above and beyond at nearly every turn in every war on every front.

Victor March 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Unai, there are two different gold coins, Proof and Uncirculated, two different Silver coins, Pf and Unc and two different Clad coins, Pf and Unc. Six coins, altogether.

Unai March 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

I guess I was thrown by the word 6 coin “set”.
Just got a couple sets for my daughters. My first “some” gold.

Victor March 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Unai, good for you! Enjoy your gold coins. You will be astonished at the mint’s expertise in minting these coins.

Munzen March 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Bud, thank you for your well-reasoned response. WWII was in no way a banker’s war or militaristic bombast; it was for our very survival. One of my cousins (born decades before I was) took a Nazi bullet in his head while leading his platoon towards the French city of St-Lo, not because he was some kind of warmonger but because he was doing his duty for Uncle Sam. My father died prematurely from exposure in the Philippines to malaria and a precursor of Agent Orange. He didn’t ask to go, he went because he had to. If it weren’t for them and millions of others like them, you’re absolutely right. We wouldn’t be here typing away on a free Internet – and what few things we _would_ be allowed to say wurden nicht auf Englisch sein.

Shawn March 21, 2013 at 9:36 pm

What a collection of morons. Read a little history? I have read the history, not the spoon fed garbage from your high schools. Add a little economic history as well and lo and behold, the reality begins to set in.
I don’t expect you read or even understand. Some want me thankful, for what? Please read what Marine general Smedley Butler had to say about your precious militarism and the corporate sponsors for resource confiscation.
These men are pigs.
However, if you actually want to provide historical evidence, please do so, but be prepared, I have book after book. Entertain your fantasies, but the rigors of education require greater discipline than the acceptance of the common propaganda.
There has never been a soldier that has died in my lifetime, that was necessary. There has never been a soldier that has died since 1789 that was necessary. Nazis? Have you read the list of American industrialists that supported them? Maybe the Soviets? When we financed their revolution? Read about Prescott Bush? George Bush’s brother? General Donovan of the OSS and CIA and his control by British Secret Service?
Maybe some of you should read history, instead of just talking about it…

Ryan March 21, 2013 at 9:57 pm

Clearly the Nazis would have just stopped after taking over the whole world except the USA and just left us alone. Same with Russia. What are the rest of you thinking – Shawn MUST be read; look at the facts: #1 he’s angry – so that automatically means he must be right. #2 he’s got books that he’s read, clearly more reading must = reading only the truth…..#3 he’s insulting everyone else, obviously the rest must have idiot-level IQs or he wouldn’t have to insult you all.

To say that because a few people did something then it means that that was the will of the nation is ridiculous. There are always people looking to cash in on anything, regardless of what it means for others, or even themselves ultimately (just look at certain large companies that make food – they say, it doesn’t matter if we kill off our customer base with poison pesticides, hormones, cloned food particles and toxic chemicals to preserve them an extra day or two on the shelf, as long as we make money today).
If we had let Germany do as it pleased, we’d likely all be speaking German today. Praise GOD we don’t. Honor those who have served you, today and in the past. Praise GOD for them.

Shawn March 22, 2013 at 6:16 am

Ryan,
The will of the nation= the will of the Elites.
Angry? Really? The challenge of an argument lies in the assemblage of support for it. Like typical Americans, you lack the understanding of history that is acquired over years of study.
You have noticed the problems in our food supply, but fail to realize that those problems have to do with government approval of the practices. If the USDA had required peer review of Monsanto products (the basis of all good science) we would never have had GMO crops.
It might surprise you to know that FDR was a admirer of both Mussolini and Hitler. As was Chamberlain, for the way they had brought their nations out of depression. The same type of debt financing we use to day is the same that was employed by Italy and Germany then. The same aggressive militarism , crony capitalism and emphasis on war materials,.
Do you honor nazi soldiers? Did they serve their god and country any differently than ours did?

Victor March 22, 2013 at 9:47 am

OK! Shawn, you are obviously angry about something, military. You mention, Smedley D. Butler. Unless you are an avid history buff or a former Marine, you would never know whom he was. I’m betting on you being a Marine and an avid history buff. I too, am a Marine. I also surmise, you are a Nam Vet, as am I. Three tours, for me, how many for you? The Corps, mess with you? It did, me! Am I bitter? Yes, but I’m still a Marine and cherish my time in the Corps. If you have an issue, you need to discuss, do it with me, on FB, not here. This is all about coins, their production quality, their necessity and their rarity. Political, as to the motivation for what ever the coins represent, is for another forum.
For whatever reason you believe our warriors died and were wounded in the pursuit of whatever goals set by circumstances, should not diminish their sacrifices for our nation. They knew, as I did, the possibilities and accepted them without hesitation. If you want to talk with me, look me up on FB. As to friend me and we’ll talk. OK?

Shawn March 22, 2013 at 10:21 am

Victor,
Thanks for the counseling offer, it is just ” a little” condescending, however, I’m sure it is well intentioned. My original comment refers to a set of coins, please read for content.
This comment brought forth numerous comments questioning my understanding of history and the “sacrifices” of our soldiers (which I never demeaned, beyond the generals in question).
I responded because people that fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. This has nothing to do with anger, it has to do with civics and responsibilities of citizens. When you glorify the instruments of war, you teach people to honor destruction and death for the purpose of corporate profit.
I realize my comments are uncomfortable for many, but that is the point. Too many accept, at face value, what they are told. If you want all those soldiers that died and were mutilated to have value, you cannot skirt responsibility by hiding in a cocoon of ignorance.

steve1942 March 22, 2013 at 10:55 am

Odd that McCarthur appears on the $5 gold coin. A 5 Star that was recalled by our President. A 5 Star remembered by historians: ” overlook the arrogance and contempt with which MacArthur deliberately flouted Truman’s directive.”. McCarthur, without permission was ready to start WW3 and disobeyed orders to do so. Yet today, we see him as a hero and place him above more deserving Generals.

RonnieBGood March 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

There are many parts of our history that are not written in detail in our history books. We have been attacked more that in the War of 1812 when our capital was burned by the British. In the Spanish American war Poncho Via came across the US / Mexican border and raided towns in the US. The Japanese raided and overtook our base in Alaska (by submarine) and of course the bombing of Hawaii. The Japanese also fired shells from their subs on our costal bases in California. While we were focusing on the war in Europe, Germany and Japan had almost a free hand in sinking ships in US waters and shipping lanes to Europe. Other little known facts are that the Japanese understood the Jet Stream and were sending balloon bombs to the US. Several were injured and a family of 4 was killed while on a picnic in California (they did not know what it was and poked at it). Regardless of all this we delayed our entry into WWII. We did not declare war until Pearl Harbor. If it were not for guys like General Douglas MacArthur’s defense and liberation of Puerto Rico it would been much worse for our neighbors. Due to these aggressions we now have Alaska & Hawaii as states and the U.S. Territories of Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa and Guam for our mutual protection. As displayed in the 2009 DC and US Territories Quarters set.

I am thinking about ordering the well done 3 coin set with General Douglas MacArthur. It was nice to see that the set is actually cheaper than purchasing the individual coins (if only by $11.90). The US mint is making improvements.

Thought I should bring this forum back to coins.

Shawn March 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

RBG, if this is your understanding of history, you might want to STAY focused on coins. MacArthur’s defense and liberation of Puerto Rico? I hope you meant the Phillipines. We purchased Alaska (Seward). Puerto Rico we got in the Spanish American war, which we started in a false flag sinking of the USS Maine. We declared war on Britain in 1812, so we could steal Canada, they were well within the rules of war to burn Washington DC. Hawaii was annexed by the US in 1893 through overt pressure on the ruling monarch. Statehood followed in 1959, long after the war had ended in the Pacific. As for Pearl Harbor, the baited trap, to pull us into the war, FDR sacrificed thousands on that gambit (though our more important ships had left the harbor just prior to the attack).
Another example of the vaunted American education system.

RonnieBGood March 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I am old. Philippines are correct. Memory loss. You forgot the French and the Louisiana Purchase. A bit of a conspiracy theorist are we? Not all was done with evil intensions though there is much to be ashamed of.

Have you traveled much? I have in Traveled in Europe including Eastern Europe and much of North & Central America. As much as we are not perfect we still have the best country and standard of living in the world bar none. We have it all. The funny thing is that most in the world want us around and strive to copy us. We are not perfect but Travel a bit and then judge. The world does not allow a perfect Democracy. We are a young nation. The jury is still out if we will succeed. If we fail then what is the alternative? Don’t hand the world over to the Chinese so easily. The US mints coin sales are the envy of the world due our high disposable income (bringing it back to coins). My family came to the US in the 1950′s when Stalin was wiping out Eastern Europe. I was born here and My small town is likened to Mayberry. Safe schools. Great neighbors. I think I’ll stay and collect coins.

Shawn March 22, 2013 at 1:46 pm

RBG,
Do you really want to open up the native american genocide and the Louisiana purchase? I only consider conspiracy facts, the theory I wait for confirmation.
I have traveled extensively and there are zero perfect places and the US has the greatest potential of all (though our standard of living has dropped off the top twenty chart).
The silver eagle is one of the most beautiful coins ever designed and I collect from many world mints. The new enhanced version looks to be a show stopper. Unfortunately, this will probably lead to some very high mintage numbers.(sigh) Still, how could you not buy several sets (if possible?).
I realize no country is perfect, but there is no advantage to covering up our history. What do you say to 200,000 Iraqi’s that were killed for having done nothing whatsoever? What if a better informed citizenry had refused to go to war? We would have over one trillion dollars in the bank, thousands of live American youth and a Baathist regime in Iraq with 200,000 happier families.

Joe March 22, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Iraqi didn’t mind invading Kuwait. You know what they did their right.

Shawn March 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Joe, You realize they didn’t invade the US?
Maybe we should invade everyone that gets invaded! Well, provided they have oil or some other useful resource.
Maybe we should invade China, they have been involved in cyber espionage and the theft of commercial property. Oh wait, they might actually put up a fight!
Chile, Iran, Nicaragua, Libya, what exactly is the threshold Joe?
Are you so naive, you think we are the white hat guys?

Joe March 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm

We don’t need to invade China. They’re already here.

RonnieBGood March 22, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Democracy allows us to make changes to the things that don’t like. I always like the words of wisdom asking for the strength to change the things I can, accept the things I can’t and the ability to allow another the last word.

20 countries that have a higher standard of living than the USA? Really? 9.5 M millionairs and counting…

RonnieBGood March 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

and the ability to admit I can’t spell.

Kahoola March 22, 2013 at 7:58 pm

There are dozens of coins commemorating wars, generals, military branches, military medals and other war related subjects. There are only about 3-4 coins that celebrate peace; the peace dollar 1921-1935; the native american dollars commemorating the treaties of peace, the great law of peace. We need to celebrate peace more.
The Kingdom of Hawai`i was a constitutional monarchy, neutral like Switzerland, and friendly with the US and had treaties of mutual recognition with the US. Queen Lili`uokalani was shocked by the actions of a rogue US diplomat and naval sea captain and expected the US to correct this miscarrage of justice. See Grover Cleveland’s address to the US Congress, it is in the US Congressional Record in 1893, pulling the annexation treaty. There was never an annexation treaty. Hawai`i has never been legally annexed. Paradoxically the birthers are right, Obama was not born in the US, he was born in the occupied Kingdom of Hawai`i.

Shawn March 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Kahoola,
Cleveland’s speech to Congress and his actions were quite honorable, but there was a treaty signed in 1898. See:
http://tinyurl.com/2748fgg
I would love to see more coins that celebrate peace as well, the Peace dollars are quite nice and a reasonable set can be acquired without breaking the bank.

Kahoola March 23, 2013 at 12:51 am

Shawn,
No, this is written by a nut case Ken Conklin. The Newlands Joint Resolution of 1897 was the document he is quoting. It is a joint resolution of congress–look it up for yourself if you don’t believe. It is not a treaty. A joint resolution of congress is not a law, not a treaty, has no legal power. You cannot annex the oil fields of Kuwait with a joint resolution of congress. That requires a real, bilateral, treaty. There is not treaty of annexation for Hawai`i.

Shawn March 23, 2013 at 7:49 am

Kahoola,
This probably requires much more investigation than I can give this presently, but it is another tragic instance of colonial imperialism. I cannot agree that Conklin is a nut case, however it is clear that the annexation was by joint resolution- not treaty.
Still, joint resolutions do have the force of law and in international law, contracts are contracts. The acceptance of benefits establishes a reciprocal relationship that is formally binding.
This was a typical colonial coup d’tat, worked all over the world by european and american powers through business influence. A great injustice was done to the Hawaiian people, but this is the raison d’tre of militarism.
It looks like I need to buy another book or two, could you make a recommendation?

steve1942 March 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

Hey, I’m sorry that I thought we could have selected a better General for the prime coin in this series. I certainly didn’t want to start a political discussion or argument. McCarthur was a good General, his men loved him. But, he was bad a following orders and it cost him his job (temporarily). Ike would have been better, although he is on so many coins already. If I had my way, I’d ignore the 5 Stars and dedicate the series to the best Generals. Then, Patton, another that had trouble with orders, would be in this series. As for the series, I feel the portraits are below average, not the most handsome set of coins.

Kevin March 24, 2013 at 1:35 am

My wife thinks that the demographic for most coin collectors would be white, middle-aged male. Is she right?

Kahoola March 24, 2013 at 4:16 am

My apologies to the group for the politics. No more from me. But to Shawn, try “Nation Within” by Tom Coffrman and “Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen” by Queen Liliuokalani. There are lots more.
To Kevin, it seems to me that most of the collectors i know are getting older. My friend’s kids had never seen a walking liberty half dollar a couple of years ago, had to give them one each so they could experience them. It seems that now days the kids all use their ipods and credit cards to buy stuff so they don’t even use coins, let alone collect them.

Shawn March 24, 2013 at 7:20 am

Kahoola,
Thanks for the recommendations. I had already found those two as well as another on the blood percentage issue ( which was common for Blacks and Native Americans as well). If you are involved in the movement, I wish you great success, though you might find there is greater sovereignty as a State then is commonly advertised- another long story. You can start at http://www.state-citizen.org.
Kevin, collecting coins and stamps as well, was something I was introduced to in my youth. I’m not sure how much these more traditional activities appeal to our current culture. So, older and white for me. Further, most enthusiasts in my experience are inclusive of all collectors- we love the history, the beauty and the acquisition of knowledge necessary to build good collections.

thePhelps March 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

kevin – I might fit that now – but when I started collecting coins 30 to 35 years ago… I’d guess not so. Sad thing is for me – all the coins I wanted then cost too much – almost like today! (difference is I can afford the silver and now drool over the gold and platinum).

Ok… back to the war already in progress…

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