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Rare Brasher Doubloon Sells for Record $5 Million

A rare 1787 New York Brasher Doubloon was recently sold for more than $5 million. The transaction, which was brokered by Heritage Auctions, sets one of the highest prices ever reported for an American coin. The Brasher Doubloon is one of the rarest and most historical of

U.S. Mint Finally Has New Permanent Director

David J. Ryder is now the new Director of the U.S. Mint after being confirmed by the Senate on March 21, 2018. The Mint has not had a permanent director since Edmund C. Moy left it in January 2011. Long-Standing Vacancy at U.S. Mint  Ryder

US Mint Issues an Angry Breast Cancer Awareness Coin

What should have been an obverse coin design depicting women empowered in the fight against breast cancer instead became a design of women who are angry and in protest.  There is a subtle difference in expression between power and anger.  Unfortunately, the US Mint got

5 Euro silver “Planet Earth”

Krause Coin of the Year Awards for Coins Dated 2016

Germany won the 2018 Krause Coin of the Year Award for coins dated 2016. The winner is the 5 Euro silver “Planet Earth” coin with the new polymer ring technology.  The coin was designed by Stefan Klein. An easy win in the Most Innovative category,

US Mint Medal Program

Newly-Announced US Mint Medal Program is Just Bullion

Last week, after years of prodding by members of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) and the collector community, the United States Mint finally announced a medal program. Unfortunately, it is nothing more than a bullion sales program and is likely to do more to

2017 Brookgreen Medal was designed by Heidi Wastweet

2017 Brookgreen Medal by Heidi Wastweet

The 2017 Brookgreen Medal was designed by Heidi Wastweet. Her unique design features the first square-shaped medal in the series. The prestigious Brookgreen Gardens medals collection is now one of only two series of American Art medals that exists. It follows the tradition of other

Tom Uram

CCAC Member Tom Uram on the ANA Board of Governors

Tom Uram has been elected to the American Numismatic Association (ANA) Board of Governors for the 2017-19 election term. Uram is also a member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee and President of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists (PAN). Uram was sworn-in to his new

OSS Congressional Gold Medal

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) recently approved designs for a Congressional Gold Medal to collectively honor to the members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The medal will be awarded “in recognition of their superior service and major contributions during World War II.”