Collectors will now pay a few dollars more for 3-inch, 1.5-inch and 1.3125-inch bronze medals made and sold by the United States Mint.
The US Mint, as mandated by law, produces a variety of medals ranging from Presidential, First Spouse, Historical, Humanitarian, Cultural and Military.
The 1.3125-inch First Spouse bronze medals were the first to undergo an increase. Prices were raised 57.1 percent from $3.50 to $5.50 on March 18, 2010. These medals bear the likeness of the companion First Spouse Gold Coins.
While the new Abigail Fillmore medal debuted at the new $5.50 price and all the individual 2009 medals were raised, the 2009 First Spouse Bronze Five Medal Set has remained at $15.95. The five medal 2010 set is yet to be offered.
The 3-inch and 1.5-inch bronze medals increased in price on March 25, 2010. The bigger sized medals were raised 10.5 percent from $38.00 to $42.00. The 1.5 inch medals jumped 60.0 percent from $3.75 to $6.00. The just released WASP medals (depicted above) are the first 2010 medals of these sizes to see the new pricing.
The cost to make the metals has risen, according to the Mint, and that is the reason for the higher prices.