Time Capsule and Coin Sales Articles Lead News


Articles about the Boston time capsule and United States Mint coin sales were popular last week.

Boston time capsule
An x-ray showing the contents of a time capsule found in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House building and undergoing examination and conservation work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

The most read story was photo-centric and on the opening of the time capsule, buried by midnight rider Paul Revere and Founding Father Samuel Adams. It held extra interest for numismatists because of the capsule’s nearly two dozen coins.

This week we’ll cover new product releases from world mints, 2014 coin production figures, the latest coin legislation and auction news to include sales results from the Florida United Numismatists (FUN) show.

Now, here are last week’s five most read:

  1. 1795 Boston Time Capsule Contents Revealed in MFA Photos – Time capsules have the thrill of treasure, wonder and history. They bring the past to the present in an almost magical way. For an American, it can’t get better than an 18th century box buried by revolutionary heroes Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and William Scollay. What did these icons think we should rediscover?

  2. 2015 Proof Silver Eagle Photos and Debut Sales – Collectors placed 262,377 orders for the individually packaged 2015-W Proof American Silver Eagle between its release on Friday, Jan. 2, and through to Sunday, Jan. 4. Its beginning tally sits below last year’s release which opened with sales of 307,378, but that coin’s first reporting period included an extra day and it didn’t debut right after a holiday when many were still taking a break.

  3. Annual US Mint Bullion Coin Sales for 2014 – 2014 turned into a second straight record year for United States Mint silver coin sales with the tumbling value of silver making it cheaper to own the heavily sought American Silver Eagle. That was not the case for sales of the agency’s gold coins.

  4. America the Beautiful 5 Oz Silver Coin Sales from 2010 to 2014 – America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coin sales were divided in 2014 compared to the year earlier. On average, they strengthened for fixed-priced collectible editions yet weakened for bullion versions that became cheaper as the value of silver tumbled.

  5. 2015 Australian Coin Releases for January – January is a busy time for the Perth Mint of Australia with its introduction of more than a dozen products for coin collectors. Leading the charge are new Lunar Year of the Goat Coins with two offered in silver and one appearing as part of a stamp and coin cover release.

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There is a CNN video showing them pulling coins from an 1855 encapsulation related to the 1795 time capsule. They pull out a half dollar, a 3 cent piece and a couple of large cents. It doesn’t show the coins very well.

Charles k. Miller

The Mint needs to resume making affordable proof and unc. single coins available as they once did. We cannot complete any date sets without adding unnecessary and expensive coins.