Today, Nov. 17, the United States Mint at 9:00 a.m. ET will release four products, two of which include coins from The Royal Mint (United Kingdom). The new products commemorate the 1620 sailing of the Mayflower bringing Pilgrims from England to the New World.
Mayflower 400th anniversary products include gold coins, a silver coin and silver medals with each in proof or reverse proof finish. All are issued in limited mintages.
"The United States Mint is proud to present a collaborative effort with The Royal Mint (United Kingdom)," indicates the U.S. Mint on its website. "The United States Mint Mayflower 400th Anniversary Program is a magnificent ensemble of coins and medals minted to honor an event that changed the course of human history — the trans-Atlantic journey of the Mayflower and its landing in the New World in 1620."
The four Mayflower program products include:
Joint 2020 Mayflower 400th Anniversary Two-Coin Gold Proof Set with a proof coin from the U.S. Mint and a proof coin from The Royal Mint. Each is composed from 1/4-ounce of .9999 fine gold.
U.S. Mint 2020 Mayflower 400th Anniversary Reverse Proof Gold Coin. This coin has the same designs and major specifications as the one within the joint two-coin set, but its finish is reverse proof.
Joint 2020 Mayflower 400th Anniversary Proof Silver Coin and Medal Set with a proof medal from the U.S. Mint and a proof coin from The Royal Mint.
U.S. Mint 2020 Mayflower 400th Anniversary Reverse Proof Silver Medal. This medal has the same designs and major specifications as the one within the just mentioned set, but its finish is reverse proof.
As described, the joint sets include collectibles in proof finish while the two individually sold products are in reverse proof finish.
Mayflower Gold Coins Designs
The Royal Mint proof £25 gold coin obverse bears the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen. The design was created by Jody Clark and has appeared on UK coins since 2015. Inscriptions read "25 Pounds," "ELIZABETH II" and "D G REGINA."
The reverse (tails side) of the coin depicts the Mayflower sailing through the rough seas to represent the unwavering determination of the passengers and crew. Inscriptions include "1620," "2020," and "MAYFLOWER."
For the U.S. Mint $10 gold coin obverses — both the proof from the two-coin set and the individually sold reverse proof, we find a Wampanoag family watching as the Mayflower arrives to the New World. Inscriptions are "E PLURIBUS UNUM," "PATUXET," and "$10."
Appearing on their reverses is a Pilgrim man and woman. A pair of mayflower blossoms is also shown. Inscriptions include "1620," "PLYMOUTH," "2020," "IN GOD WE TRUST," "AU 24K 1/4 OZ.," and "UNITED STATES of AMERICA."
United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Chris Costello created the obverse and reverse designs of the U.S. Mint’s gold coin, as well as the reverse of The Royal Mint’s gold coin. United States Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill sculpted the U.S. Mint’s gold coin obverse while its reverse was sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Joseph Menna.
Mayflower Silver Coin and Silver Medal Designs
On the obverse of The Royal Mint £2 silver coin, we once again see the Jody Clark portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions offered show "2 POUNDS," "ELIZABETH II" and "D G REGINA."
The reverse is also like its gold counterpart, showing the Mayflower in rough seas. Inscriptions read "1620," "2020," and "MAYFLOWER."
Finally, for the U.S. Mint silver medal obverses — both the proof in the set and the individually sold reverse proof, there is a depiction of a Mayflower family bracing against the cold and windy weather with the ship anchored beyond. A pair of mayflower blossoms flank the design. Inscriptions include "A CIVIL BODY POLITICK," "1620-2020," and "MAYFLOWER COMPACT."
Appearing on their reverses is a Wampanoag man and woman employing a planting technique of their people. Inscribed around the design are "SUSTAINERS OF LIFE" and "PEOPLE OF THE DAWN."
United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program artist Chris Costello created the obverse and reverse designs of the U.S. Mint’s silver medals, as well as the reverse of The Royal Mint’s silver coin. United States Mint Medallic Artist Renata Gordon sculpted the U.S. Mint’s silver medal obverse while its reverse was sculpted by United States Mint Medallic Artist Michael Gaudioso.
Coin and Medal Specifications
|U.S. Gold Coins||U.K Gold Coin||U.S. Silver Medals||U.K. Silver Coin|
|Finish/Quality||Proof or Reverse Proof||Proof||Proof or Reverse Proof||Proof|
|Composition/Alloy||99.99% Gold||999.9 Au||99.99% Silver||999 Ag|
|Diameter||0.866 in. / 22.00 mm||22.00 mm||1.598 in. / 40.60 mm||38.61 mm|
|Weight||0.2500 troy oz. / 7.776 g||7.80 g||1.000 troy oz. / 31.103 g||31.21 g|
|Mint/Issuing Authority||West Point||United Kingdom||Philadelphia||United Kingdom|
Pricing and Limits
The following table offers product prices and limits.
|Product||Price*||Initial Household Order Limit**||Product/Mintage Limit|
|Two-Coin Gold Proof Set||$1,500.00||1||4,850/5,350|
|Silver Proof Coin and Medal Set||$150.00||1||9,200/14,200|
|Reverse Proof Gold Coin||$715.00||1||5,000|
|Reverse Proof Silver Medal||$76.00||1||20,000|
*Prices for the gold coins can change weekly based on market conditions and the U.S. Mint’s pricing matrix. **Each household order limit expires Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 9:00 a.m. ET.
The Royal Mint will offer 500 joint gold sets and 5,000 joint silver sets in different colored packaging, which will be available for sale to their customers and distributors. Mintages for the joint sets represent combined numbers for sets offered by each Mint.
The Mayflower 400th Anniversary Coins and Medals may be ordered directly from the U.S. Mint’s online store dedicated to the issues.
U.S. Mint customer service representatives can assist with any questions but are unable to accept credit card information due to operational adjustments in response to COVID-19.