March 15, 2013: 2013 West Point Silver Eagle Set, Branch Mint Proof Coins, Half Dollar Denomination

Kennedy Half DollarWelcome to Coin Update!

We’re back with one more round up of coin collecting news and articles to finish up the week!

Mint News Blog discusses the upcoming 2013 West Point Silver Eagle Set, which will include coins with reverse proof and “enhanced uncirculated” finishes.

The Economist ponders whether the deficit will find spur America to replace the $1 bill with the $1 coin.

Jeff Garrett completes his article series on proof coinage by examining the origin and value of branch mint proof coinage.

Former CoinWorld editor Beth Deisher shares a tale related to former US Mint Director Donna Pope.

Dave Harper discusses “skill levels” in numismatics.

An article on the passing of Jim Kingsland.

Steve Estes recalls his first big deal which was only possible with teamwork.

Here’s what happened to Black Diamond, believed by some to be the model for James Earle Fraser’s Buffalo Nickel.

The Perth Mint explains why a bullion coin’s face value is so much less than its intrinsic value.

The Royal Mint Blog presents a list of ten intriguing coin facts from around the world.

A look at some of the forces behind the demise of the half dollar as a denomination regularly used in commerce.

The latest article in a continuing series exploring the U.S. early commemorative silver coins covers the 1925 Stone Mountain Half Dollar.

And now for some notable auctions. First, the 25th Anniversary Silver Eagle Set with all coins graded NGC PF 70 or MS 70 Early Releases. This low mintage set included a reverse proof, proof, uncirculated with “W” mint mark, uncirculated with “S” mint mark, and a regular bullion coin.

Next a full case of 50 1988 Proof Sets, packaged in September 1988 and still sealed in the original US Mint carton.

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