Mike Unser

Trip to San Francisco Mint Begins... Stay TunedThis week my brother Darrin and I are visiting the U.S. Mint at San Francisco. This will be Darrin’s first visit and my second. I was there early last year and had a great time.

Like our visit to the West Point Mint five weeks ago, we hope to get a sneak peak at 50th anniversary Kennedy coinage. The San Francisco Mint is striking enhanced uncirculated halves for the upcoming four-coin 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Silver Coin Collection [...]


Assaying Gold at the West Point MintThe United States Mint is a powerhouse maker of bullion coins… there’s no bigger in the world. It takes tons of silver and gold to manufacture them. Last year alone, numbers exceeded 42.6 million ounces of silver for American Silver Eagles and neared 1.7 million ounces of gold for American Gold Eagles and American Gold Buffalos.

All the gold and most of the silver bullion coins are struck in West Point, under the helm of plant manager Ellen McCullom. The facility is among the more unique of the Mint’s four production plants. It not only [...]

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US Mint Sales: 2014 Baseball HOF Coins AdjustedUnited States Mint sales totals are shifting for sold out 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins.

Last week saw a sales reshuffling of 2014 Baseball Silver Dollars for the first time in four months. This week their totals danced again, as did those of 2014 $5 Baseball Gold Coins for the first time in 19 weeks [...]

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2014 Kennedy Gold Coin Sales Fall; Price Decrease LikelyNew U.S. Mint sales figures offer the latest total for the 1964-2014 Proof 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar Gold Coin.

Sales of the dual-dated coin, now at 63,388, have slowed following their early surge. The latest weekly change actually marks a decline of [...]


New Quarters and Presidential $1 Coins, Popular Coin NewsNew quarters and dollar coins will crank up interest in United States Mint products this last week of August.

Beginning on Monday, the U.S. Mint will offer rolls and bags of quarters commemorating Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado. Then on Thursday the Mint will introduced rolls, bags and boxes of Presidential $1 Coins honoring Franklin D. Roosevelt [...]


West Point Mint Enhances Dies, Tests New Coin FinishesIn the world of making coins, artists craft designs and engineers bring them to life on faces of steel. Today, the engineering techniques at the United States Mint are an art form in their own right. We’ve seen them ourselves in a recent trip to the U.S. Mint at West Point and in past visits to Mint facilities in Philadelphia, San Francisco and Denver.

Specialists at the West Point Mint have set their sights on dies for 2014-W Proof Platinum Eagles, investing their time and unique resources in a series of experiments to develop multiple finishes that will accentuate the artist’s design and bring out more of the coin details [...]


Philadelphia Mint Produces Record 42.44M Coins in One DayThe United States Mint in Philadelphia was abuzz with activity last month, more so than ever before on July 24 when it delivered a record 42.44 million coins for circulation.

That hurdled over the old record of 32.28 million coins set in October 2013, and contributed to [...]


US Mint Sales: Lou Hoover Gold Coins DebutAppearing on U.S. Mint sales charts for the first time are the 2014-W $10 Lou Hoover First Spouse Gold Coins in proof and uncirculated finishes. Released on Aug. 14, they mark the third of four designs this year to honor former First Ladies.

Collectors in the early going ordered 955 of the proof Lou Hoover gold coins and 638 of the uncirculated Lou Hoover gold coins for a total of 1,593 — the highest [...]


2013 Mint Set Sales End at 52-Year LowSales of the 2013 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set, or 2013 Mint Set, ended this week with its product page now tagged with "sold out."

U.S. Mint reporting last had its sales at 368,553, which is the lowest total since the 1961 Mint Set ended with sales of [...]


2014 Baseball Silver Dollar Sales Changed, First Move in 4 MonthsNew United States Mint figures offer updated sales for the curved 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coins, to include different totals for the silver dollars — their first change in four months.

Issued in $5 gold, silver dollar and 50c clad and in proof and uncirculated finishes, the commemorative coins celebrate the diamond anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame [...]