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U.S. Mint News – Trump Nominates David Ryder as 39th Mint Director

David Ryder - U.S. Mint Director Nominee

Household order limits also lifted on the Mint’s 2017 Silver Proof Set

By CoinWeek News Staff ….
In a press release dating from from October 5, the White House announced that President Trump has nominated David J. Ryder for the position of Director of the United States Mint, a role that officially has went unfilled since former director Edmund C. “Ed” Moy left in 2011.

Ryder himself is no stranger to the Mint, having served as the 34th director from a little over a year (September 1922 through November 1993) under President George H. W. Bush. His government career prior to the Mint includes time in the Department of Commerce and as the Deputy Treasurer of the United States. He also worked directly under then-Vice President Bush as part of his support staff, as well as working as the Director of Operations for both the 1988 Republican National Convention and the subsequent Bush presidency transition team.

Ryder was born in Billings, Montana and raised in Boise, Idaho.

If and when Ryder is confirmed by the Senate, he will replace David Motl, currently the Acting Principal Deputy Director of the Mint, who has served in this faculty since January 20 after the resignation of the previous acting principal deputy director, Rhett Jeppson.

CoinWeek will keep you posted as this story develops.

Silver Proof Set Order Limits Lifted

2017 Silver Proof Set

In other U.S. Mint news, order limits for the 2017 Limited-Edition Silver Proof Set have been lifted. Upon release yesterday, October 5, the Mint had imposed a limit of two per household.

The set includes the following coins:

  • One Roosevelt dime.
  • Five Quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program honoring Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa), Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (District of Columbia), Ozark National Scenic Riverways (Missouri), Ellis Island (New Jersey), and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park (Indiana);
  • One Kennedy half dollar; and
  • One American Eagle One Ounce Silver Proof Coin;

The Kennedy half, the Roosevelt dime and the five America the Beautiful Quarters consist of 90% pure silver (“coin silver”). The 2017 American Silver Eagle Proof coin, minted in San Francisco and featuring an “S” mint mark (the same as all of the coins in the set), is made up of one troy ounce (31.103 g) of 99.9% pure silver.

A maximum product limit of 50,000 units is in effect. The 2017 Limited-Edition Silver proof Set retails for $139.95 on the Mint’s website.

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