World mints will kick off 2015 this week by releasing several new coins. The United States Mint already got things started last Friday with its proof Silver Eagle.
The U.S. Mint won’t release new collectibles this week, but it will launch its bullion 2015-dated American Eagle Gold (1 oz., 1/2 oz., 1/4 oz., and 1/10 oz.) and American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coins.
We’ll talk about all the new coins, publish more photos of the recently issued FDR Coin and Chronicles Set, and get out new sales and some photos of the 2015 Proof American Silver Eagle.
Until then, here are last week’s five most read:
UK 2015 £100 Big Ben Silver Coin for £100 – Big Ben, London’s iconic clock tower which stands at the north end of the Palace of Westminster, is featured on the Royal Mint’s first ever £100 silver coin that sells at face value. Similar to the Mint’s £20 for £20 silver coins but larger in size and containing more silver, the new £100 for £100 coin is expected to attract traditional collectors and stir interest from those who have never collected coins.
2015-W Proof American Silver Eagle Launches – It’s the best of the best. There’s no better seller for the United States Mint, and it’s available early for less. Today, the Mint introduced its annually issued proof American Silver Eagle for $48.95. That’s $4 cheaper and three weeks earlier than last year’s coin which was the most popular numismatic product of 2014 with sales at 741,379.
2015 Presidential $1 Coins – Release Dates and Images – One of United States Mint’s annual series to feature new designs is the 2015 Presidential $1 Coin Program. This series includes portraits of former Presidents of the United States. As part of the program, four new coins will appear in 2015 and high resolution images of them are now available.
2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Medals – Not to dismiss its two coins and four stamps, but the gems of the 2014 Franklin D. Roosevelt Coin & Chronicles Set are its medals. And of those, the silver medal shines the brightest in both appearance and appeal.
Rare US Coin Sales Hit $5 Billion in 2014 – Sales of rare U.S. coins reached about $5 billion in 2014, according to the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG), a nonprofit organization composed of many of the country’s top rare coin and paper money dealers. Nearly $536 million of the total was realized at major public auctions this year, soaring 36.4% above last year’s record of almost $393 million. And a dozen rarities scored sales of $1 million or more.