Not many world mints are releasing new products this close to the end of the year. The United States Mint is one of the few that is with its Coin Discovery Set launching on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Previously discussed here, it’s a good product idea with three Kennedy halves in three different finishes. They’re packaged inside a box that also holds coin collecting supplies and a booklet showing how coins are made.
Keeping to the same end-of-year topic, the U.S. Mint by law can only sell this year’s commemorative coins until Dec. 31. The most popular ones have already sold out. Recently, the United States Mint created a "Last Chance" banner of sorts, shown for reference above and appearing now on the Mint’s website (www.usmint.gov). It clicks through to still-for-sale commemorative coins. Currently, the three clad Baseball products are "Out of Stock." Two available commemoratives include the proof and uncirculated Civil Rights Act of 1964 Silver Dollars.
One of our upcoming articles will discuss this year’s commemorative coins and offer their latest sales. Until then, here are last week’s five most read:
Canadian 2015 $50 Beaver Silver Coin for $50 – Expanding upon a series which has proven popular with both collectors and investors, the Royal Canadian Mint has released the 2015 $50 Beaver Silver Coin. The release appears as the third issue in a series of 99.99% pure silver coins that sell at their legal tender face value of $50.
1909 Lincoln Cent on Mars in NASA Astronomy Pic of the Day – While one may not normally associate numismatics with the planet Mars, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day blends the two seemingly disparate interests with an image sure to excite coin and space enthusiasts alike.
Posted today, Dec. 12, 2014, the Astronomy Picture of the Day depicts an image of elongated crystal shapes taken on the surface of Mars by the Curiosity rover.
American $1 Coin and Currency Set Sales Reopen, New Limit – The United States Mint on Wednesday reopened ordering for the 2014 American $1 Coin and Currency Set which includes a Series 2013 $1 Federal Reserve note and the highly sought 2014-D Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin.
American Silver Eagles Top 400M; Score Annual Sales Record – United States Mint American Eagle silver bullion coins made history today, topping 400 million in all-time sales and setting a new annual sales record. Introduced in 1986, demand for the 99.9% pure silver coins has been unprecedented in recent years.
Civil Air Patrol Congressional Gold Medal Awarded, Bronze for Public – World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) were collectively awarded the Congressional Gold Medal Wednesday, Dec. 10, at a ceremony held in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Surviving CAP members along with leaders of the U.S. House and Senate attended the ceremony.