Welcome to the first Coin Update weekly recap!
Rather than the previous daily round up, we are going to try encapsulate the coin news and articles for each week in a single recap.
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US Coin News
This week, the United States Mint opened sales for three major products. This began with the release of the 2014-P Great Smoky Mountains Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin, which represented the first numismatic release of the year for the large sized silver coin series. Later in the week, sales also began for the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Dollar products and the 2014-W Uncirculated Silver Eagle.
The numismatic product sales report issued at mid-week showed the opening figures for two sets of products and placed the Baseball Hall of Fame Silver Dollars extremely close to a sell out. By April 9, sales had been received to account for the entire maximum authorized mintage of the silver dollars, indicating a sell out. The US Mint continues to accept orders for placement on a waiting list.
Meanwhile, the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee discussed candidates for a potential new reverse design for the American Silver Eagle and made a recommendation for the design shown as this week’s coin image.
Here is a video and article on the legal battle a California man has mounted against the government to retain ownership of a 1974-D Aluminum Cent.
World Coin News
The Royal British Mint has released the precious metal versions of the crown coin issued to mark the 300th anniversary of Great Britain’s last Stuart Monarch.
The Royal Mint Blog explains the legal tender status of the £20 silver coins which were offered for sale at their face value.
The Perth Mint has released a new 1/2 oz silver bullion featuring the Great White Shark, which is limited to a mintage of 300,000 pieces.
A gold coin released by Finland pays tribute to the birth of Finland’s national currency and numismatics.
Lastly, a new silver ducat from the Royal Dutch Mint features the province of Drenthe.
Auction and Market News
Here are results from the Stacks Bowers auction held for the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Baltimore Expo, highlighted by a Nobel Peace Prize Medal which realized $1,116,250.
Coin Rarities & Related Topics explores “The Riverboat Collection” of private and territorial gold coins which will be offered at the upcoming CSNS convention.
Also at the CSNS auction will be the only known 1942 Lincoln Cent pattern struck in aluminum.
And now for some notable eBay auctions. Here is the 2006-W 20th Anniversary Gold Eagle Set, which includes the one ounce proof, reverse proof, and uncirculated gold coins.
Next, a complete 5-coin set of the 2010-P America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins with all coins graded PCGS SP70 First Strike.
That’s it for the weekly recap! See you next time!