Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) has graded and released photos of 2015 US Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coins. NGC believes it is the first time that the United States Mint has issued coins during a year prior to the date on the coins.
Struck in clad, silver and gold, the United States Mint will not begin selling the commemorative coins to the public until next year. As authorized by Public Law 112-104, the agency produced a limited number of them this year for issue to the Director of the US Marshals Service and employees of the Service for display and presentation during the 225th Anniversary celebration.
President George Washington appointed the first 13 agents to the US Marshals Service on Sept. 24, 1789. Marking the Service’s 225th anniversary on Sept. 24, United States Mint Deputy Director Richard A. Peterson distributed 35 three-coin sets to employees of the Service. The sets included:
- a 2015-S 50c Proof US Marshals Service Clad Commemorative Coin,
- a 2015-P $1 Proof US Marshals Service Silver Commemorative Coin, and
- a 2015-W $5 Proof US Marshals Service Gold Commemorative Coin.
NGC said it received sets from Chief Inspector Scott Sanders and Senior Inspector Oscar Blythe of the US Marshals Service. The pair received them at the groundbreaking ceremony for the US Marshals Museum on Sept. 24. Sanders and Blythe developed the idea for the commemorative coin in 2007 and worked closely with Congressional aides, the United States Mint, the US Marshals Museum, and others to make them a reality.
"The US Mint’s release of 2015-dated coins in 2014 is a particularly significant event for numismatists," says Richard S. Montgomery, president of NGC. "It is an honor to have received these important coins directly from Sanders and Blythe."
President Obama signed the United States Marshals Service 225th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act into law on Apr. 2, 2012. It authorizes the Mint to strike up to 100,000 $5 gold coins; 500,000 silver dollars; and 750,000 clad half-dollars for sale to the public in calendar year 2015. Sales are expected to begin in early 2015. The US Mint revealed designs for the coins in July and recently announced pricing for the silver and clad versions.
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These prices include surcharge amounts of $10 per silver dollar and $5 per clad half-dollar with proceeds to be given to the US Marshals Museum, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation, and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
NGC has given the coins the pedigree "September 24, 2014 Celebration Ceremony" in recognition of their special limited-edition release. Below are NGC-provided images of the graded coins.
Can’t wait to order all 3.
Can they sell them for $$$$, IF SO..why?
Why does NGC get first crack at these? Shouldn’t collectors get to order them before a grading company? I think this is setting a bad precedent for the US Mint. That being said the reverse of the 50c looks pretty nice. Can’t say I like the obverse too much. The US Marshalls badge looks kind of bad. Looks like a toy badge. I do like the eagle on the reverse of the gold coin but won’t be able to afford that one lol. I’ll probably end up getting the silver & clad versions to keep my collection going.
Read the Article Carefully!
A small number of coins are to be Graded by NGC ahead of Time, for the First Time, for Display and Presentation as allowed by LAW: “… As authorized by Public Law 112-104, the agency produced a limited number of them (Graded Coins) this year for issue to the Director of the US Marshals Service and employees of the Service for Display and Presentation during the 225th Anniversary celebration.”
They couldn’t come up with a PF 70 Ultra Cameo silver?
Interesting that they didn’t label these as first strike coins.
So now we have the precedent of the mint going directly to a grader. Maybe a new packaging alternative offer to come from the mint in the future? Ungraded for one price, graded for a higher price? I’m sure the graders would love that – another label variety opportunity.
And what exactly was the purpose of releasing these ‘presentation sets’ this year? Is there not enough time to do it in the correct date year? Will the recipients not be available? Just more favoritism by the Mint to make the TPGs happy… the buying public be damned.
RonnieBGoode, your answer is a bit confusing in that it makes me think that the coin issued to the Marshals service were already graded which they were not. The subject coins were submitted to NGC by Chief Inspector Scott Sanders and by Senior Inspector Ocsar Blythe, both coin collectors, after receiving the coins at the ceremony. Validation of the coins was based on the fact that the gold coins were accompanied by certificates of authenticity signed by Deputy Mint Director Richard A. Peterson, and dated Sept. 24, 2014, the 225th anniversary of the service and could only have been received… Read more »
I want very much the opportunity to purchase these coins immediately upon first day of availity.
MTH – didn’t read the article, huh?