Mike Unser

US Mint Coin Production in January Hits 1.5 BillionThe amount of circulating coins produced in January for U.S. commerce was the highest in three months, newly released data from the United States Mint shows.

U.S. Mint figures also indicate a quick 2016 start for cent and dime production and likely ending mintages for 2016 Kennedy half-dollars and 2016 Native American $1 Coins […]


US Mint Sales: Shawnee Quarters, Twain $1s and Nixon $1s DebutThe United States Mint last week introduced quarters commemorating Shawnee National Forest in Illinois, clad dollars depicting former President Richard M. Nixon, and silver dollars commemorating American author and humorist Mark Twain.

With the more than one dozen new product options available, the Mint saw an upswing in sales for both new and older collectibles […]


US Mint Gold Coin Prices Likely to Climb on Wed., Feb. 10For the second time this year, it looks like the United States Mint will follow the market and raise prices on collectible gold coins by as much as $50 for every ounce of gold they contain.

Increases would come on Wednesday, Feb. 10, and they would include hikes on the Mint’s newest 2016 Mark Twain coins. Many of the agency’s other gold products are currently unavailable […]


Shawnee Quarter Launch Ceremony HighlightsShawnee National Forest quarters were introduced to the public Thursday, Feb. 4, at a ceremonial event held in Southeastern Illinois College’s Deaton Gymnasium in Harrisburg, Illinois.

More than 1,300 packed into the gym for the official launch ceremony, including some 550 schoolchildren. After the ceremony, kids received a new, shiny Shawnee quarter for free while many adults swapped cash for $10 rolls of the new coin […]


US Mint Sales: 2016 Native American $1 Coins DebutSales started strong for this year’s Native American $1 Coin, according to the latest figures from the United States Mint.

The dollar series features annually changing designs with the newest coin commemorating the contributions of the Native American Code Talkers in World War I and World War II. […]


Mark Twain Silver Dollar Sales at 43,600In roughly three days, sales of the new proof and uncirculated 2016-P Mark Twain Commemorative Silver Dollars totaled 43,600 coins, or 12.5% of their maximum 350,000.

The proof with its unique degrees of frosting is outselling the other silver dollar with its standard uncirculated finish by 2.6-to-1 […]


New Release Dates for 2016 Quarters SetsThe United States Mint published new on-sale dates for their clad and silver proof sets of 2016 America the Beautiful Quarters.

Clad sets will return for sale on Feb. 23. They originally launched on Jan. 11 for $14.95 but soon had their sales suspended after a printing mistake was discovered on packaging […]


2016 Shawnee National Forest Quarters LaunchThe United States Mint on Monday started selling rolls and bags of America the Beautiful Quarters commemorating Shawnee National Forest in Illinois. This quarter features the first of the five designs for 2016 and marks the 31st release since the series began in 2010.

Shawnee quarters also entered circulation on Monday but don’t expect to see them there any time soon. Banks cannot order quarters by design […]


2016 American Silver Eagle Sales in January Log 3-Year HighSales of American Eagle silver bullion coins raced in January with buyers ordering 99.2% of the month’s supply. The U.S. Mint’s flagship product scored a January sales total of 5,954,500 million coins, the most for a month in three years.

More of the 1-ounce, .999 fine silver coins could have sold but the U.S. Mint has rationed their distribution because of silver planchet shortages […]


2016 Mark Twain Gold Coin PhotosThis article presents photos of 2016-W $5 Mark Twain Gold Coins, the first issues commemorating the popular author and humorist Samuel Clemens whose pen name was Mark Twain. It also provides illustrations of unique laser frosting treatments that enhance their designs.

Released two weeks ago, Mark Twain Gold Coins are produced and sold by the United States Mint in collector qualities of proof and uncirculated. Proof pieces tend to outsell their uncirculated counterparts by about 2-to-1, but the proof Mark Twain coin may enjoy higher than typical sales because of its unique reverse […]