US Mint News Roundup – 2011 Proof Buffalo, Grant Presidential Dollar, Platinum Proof Eagle, Yellowstone 5 oz ATB

2011 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin Now Available

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2011 American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin on May 19 at noon Eastern Time (ET). There is no mintage or household order limit for this product.

The designs on the obverse (heads side) and reverse (tails side) of the 24-karat one-ounce gold coin are based on the original 1913 Type I Buffalo nickel by James Earle Fraser. The obverse features the profile of a Native American and the inscriptions LIBERTY, 2011, the initial F for Fraser and the W mint mark for the United States Mint at West Point. The coin’s reverse features the revered American Buffalo-also known as the bison-along with the inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, IN GOD WE TRUST, $50, 1OZ. and .9999 FINE GOLD.

Each American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin is presented in an elegant hardwood box with a matte finish and a faux leather inset. The coin is exhibited on a platform which can stand at an angle for display when the box is open. A Certificate of Authenticity is also included.

United States Mint Launches Ulysses S. Grant Presidential $1 Coin

The United States Mint and the National Park Service hosted a launch ceremony to celebrate the release of the new Ulysses S. Grant Presidential $1 Coin today, the 148th anniversary of Grant’s Civil War Vicksburg campaign in Mississippi.

“Beginning today, Federal Reserve Banks are releasing millions of Ulysses S. Grant Presidential $1 Coins into circulation to be used by Americans everywhere in the nation,” United States Mint Acting Deputy Director Al Runnels said in his remarks. “Americans know Grant best as the victorious general in the Civil War, and these new coins can’t help but remind us of that defining period in our history, but they will also connect America to Grant’s two terms as our 18th President.”

John Marszalek, executive director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, joined Runnels at the coin launch, which was held at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis. The site is where Grant and his wife Julia occasionally resided during the 1850s. Members of the public who attended the event were among the first in the Nation to get the new $1 coin. Following the ceremony, each attendee 18 years old and younger received a Ulysses S. Grant Presidential $1 Coin to commemorate the event, while adults exchanged their currency for 25-coin rolls of the new coin.

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential $1 Coin is the 18th release in the United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Program, authorized by Public Law 109-145, the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005. The coin’s obverse (heads side) features a portrait of former President Grant by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart and the inscriptions ULYSSES S. GRANT, IN GOD WE TRUST, 18th PRESIDENT and 1869-1877. The coin’s reverse (tails side), also by Everhart, features a dramatic rendition of the Statue of Liberty. Inscriptions on the reverse are $1 and UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, with E PLURIBUS UNUM, 2011 and the mint mark (P or D) incused on the edge.

Ulysses S. Grant was born in Ohio in 1822. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and fought in the Mexican War under General Zachary Taylor. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Grant was appointed to command an unruly volunteer regiment. After he won battles at Vicksburg, Miss., and Chattanooga, Tenn., Lincoln appointed him general-in-chief in March 1864. Grant, a symbol of Union victory during the Civil War, was the Republican Party’s logical candidate for President in 1868. During his administration, Yellowstone was established as the first national park, and Congress passed a bill calling for equal pay for women and men holding similar jobs in federal government agencies. After retiring from the presidency, Grant learned that he had cancer of the throat. At the suggestion of author Mark Twain, he wrote his memoirs. Soon after completing the last page, he died on July 23, 1885.

2011 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin Available May 26

New coin bears third design in Preamble Series

The United States Mint will open sales for the 2011 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin at noon Eastern Time (ET) on May 26, 2011. This year’s coin features the third reverse (tails side) design in the six-year Preamble Series. Introduced in 2009, the series explores the core concepts of American democracy by examining the six principles of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The 2011 coin design is emblematic of the theme “To Insure Domestic Tranquility,” the third principle in the Preamble.
The reverse of the one-ounce platinum coin was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program Master Designer Joel Iskowitz. The design depicts the harvest goddess emerging from a field of wheat, symbolizing the vastness of our Nation and its wide diversity of views. She bears a a stalk of wheat in her left hand, as she extends her right hand to a landing dove, representing the fulfillment of tranquility in our Nation’s cohesive yet free society. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1 oz., .9995 PLATINUM and $100. The coin’s reverse also features an American Eagle “privy mark” from an original “coin punch” identified at the United States Mint at Philadelphia.

The obverse (heads side) of the coin was designed and sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver John Mercanti. The design features Lady Liberty, a symbol of vigilance and resolute faithfulness to duty.

Inspiration for the reverse designs in the Preamble Series is drawn from narratives prepared by the Chief Justice of the United States at the request of the United States Mint. Coins bearing design themes emblematic of “To Form a More Perfect Union” and “To Establish Justice” were issued in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Coin designs bearing the three remaining themes will be released as follows: “To Provide for the Common Defence” (2012); “To Promote the General Welfare” (2013); and “To Secure the Blessings of Liberty to Ourselves and our Posterity” (2014).

2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin™ – Yellowstone National Park Available

The United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin – Yellowstone National Park at noon Eastern Time (ET) on May 17, 2011.  Orders will be limited to one coin per household for the first week of sales.  At the end of one week, the United States Mint will re-evaluate this limit and either extend, adjust or remove it.

The coin is currently priced at $279.95.  As with all products sold by the United States Mint containing precious metals, pricing is subject to change.

The America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coin is a collector version of those issued through the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion CoinTM Program.  The five-ounce, three-inch uncirculated and bullion coins bear the same designs that appear on each corresponding circulating quarter-dollar coins issued through the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program.

Struck in .999 fine silver, these coins display the “P” mint mark, indicating production at the United States Mint at Philadelphia.  To protect its uncirculated finish, each coin is enclosed in a capsule and protective outer box and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

The maximum mintage for each of the five 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Uncirculated Coins is limited to 27,000 units.  Subsequent 2010 coins will honor Yosemite National Park (California), Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona) and Mount Hood National Forest (Oregon).

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