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Before they even went on sale, proof and uncirculated 2009 American Eagle Silver Coins are temporarily suspended, according to a new United States Mint statement at its online store. The highly popular silver dollars are minted specifically for collectors, bearing the "W" mintmark to denote their striking at the Mint’s West Point facility. 2009 coins […]

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Martin Van Buren’s Liberty First Spouse gold coin and a bronze medal replica are now available from the United States Mint. The 1/2-ounce gold proof and uncirculated versions are priced at $549.95 and $524.95, respectively. Both have a face value of $10, are composed of 24-karat gold, and have an overall mintage limit of 40,000.

Martin Van Buren First Spouse gold coin

A bronze medal bearing the likeness of Van Buren’s Liberty coin is also available for $3.50.

Dubbed "The Red Fox of Kinderhook" for his red hair, political acumen and birthplace in New York, Martin Van Buren was the eighth President of the United States. America was prosperous when Van Buren took office, but less than three months later the panic of 1837 occurred and was quickly followed by a five-year depression. Van Buren was voted out of office, making him the third president to serve only one term.

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John Quincy Adam United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin and Louisa Adams First Spouse Medal Sets are now available and priced at $7.95 each. The set was released Wednesday, September 3, and includes an uncirculated John Quincy Adam Presidential dollar coin and a bronze medal bearing the likeness of the Louisa Adams First Spouse gold […]

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Jackson Liberty First Spouse gold coins will be available from the United States Mint on Thursday, August 28. The 1/2-ounce proof and uncirculated versions are priced at $619.95 and $599.95, respectively. Both versions have a face value of $10, are composed of 24-karat gold, and have a total mintage of 40,000.

Jackson Liberty First Spouse gold proof and uncirculated coins

The current prices are the same as the Louisa Adams and Elizabeth Monroe spouse gold coins, even though gold has come down in price recently. (See live spot bullion prices.) Ironically, the 2007 Dolley Madison proof and uncirculated versions are still available and priced at $529.95 and $509.95, respectively.

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Steel PenniesLegislation to change the metallic composition of the penny and nickel to a less expensive copper-colored steel passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 8, 2008.

However, the plunge in base metal prices since could very well end the legislation’s chances of moving forward in the Senate.

The goal of the bill, which it titled Coin Modernization and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2008 – H.R. 5512, was directed toward saving money after high copper prices pushed production costs of the penny up to about 1.26 cents and the nickel to about 7.7 cents.

Since May, copper prices have fallen to where the melt value of a penny is now under a half cent and the nickel is just slightly higher than 5 cents — the U.S. Mint now makes money issuing pennies and almost breaks even with nickels.

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The Royal Australian Mint has launched three new websites with each sporting a different theme and coin products. The offerings range from commemorative coins honoring the centenary of Sir Donald Bradman’s birth and the 25th anniversary of Australia II’s win in the American’s Cup, to an exclusive club membership with product discounts.

$5 Donald Bradman Coin and 50 Cent 25th Anniversary of Australia II's Victory Coin

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The James Monroe United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin and Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse Medal Set is now available for a price of $7.95. The set was released Wednesday, August 6, and includes an uncirculated Monroe Presidential dollar coin and a bronze medal bearing the likeness of the Elizabeth Monroe First Spouse gold coin. James […]

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U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy treated the press to a golden experience today by providing a glimpse inside the United States Mint at San Francisco to behold the new gold, two-coin 8-8-08 Double Prosperity Set. The set includes two gorgeous uncirculated one-half ounce gold coins — the 22-karat American Eagle and the 24-karat American Buffalo. […]

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The United States Mint will reveal the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin at the ANA World’s Fair of Money® this week, but excited collectors don’t need to wait to see what the gold piece looks like. The U.S. Mint has provided high resolution images of the coin’s obverse, reverse and edge.

2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin

While highlighting the beauty of the 1907 Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ $20 Double Eagle liberty design, the coin photos makes the width of the gold piece immediately apparent. In piedfort like style, the $20 gold coin is about 50% thicker than other US Mint one-ounce gold coins.

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2008 American Buffalo and American Eagle Gold CoinsThe United States Mint today announced the introduction of a new coin product named the 8-8-08 Double Prosperity Set. The set includes two, uncirculated one-half ounce gold coins — the 22-karat American Eagle and the 24-karat American Buffalo.

The two-coin set is priced at $1,298.95, and will go on sale at the Mint’s online website on August 1, 2008 at noon (ET).

The prosperity set is the second offering in the United States Mint Celebration Series, which is an experimental program to explore the viability of coins "that are packaged and positioned to celebrate special gift-giving occasions and celebratory events."

The Mint’s first product in the series was launched in February to celebrate the 2008 Lunar New Year with an American Buffalo 2008 Celebration Coin.

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