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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2012-2014 Commemorative Coins

With no new US Mint product releases scheduled until later next week, I wanted to take a post to explore some distant future coin releases. Specifically, this will include commemorative coin programs which have already been approved for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Commemorative coins are authorized by Congress. Under current law, Congress may only authorize two commemorative coin programs per year. In general, each program includes one to three different coins, with stated maximum authorized mintages. Legislation frequently includes specific requirements related to the design, inscriptions which will appear on the coins, mint facilities to be used, and the period of minting or issuance. The beneficiary of the surcharges raised from each program is also specified.

Two programs each have been approved for 2012 and 2013. One program has been approved for 2014.

2012 Commemorative Coins

The first program will commemorate the legacy of the United States Army Infantry and the establishment of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. Silver dollars will be issued with a maximum mintage of 350,000 coins in proof and uncirculated versions.

Designs for the silver dollar "shall be emblematic of the courage, pride, sacrifice, sense of duty, and history of the United States Infantry." The legislation recommends that the coins be struck at the West Point Mint.

A separate program will mark the bicentennial of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the United States of America. This program will include silver dollars with a maximum mintage of 500,000 and $5 gold coins with a maximum mintage of 100,000.

The authorizing legislation provides that the designs "shall be emblematic of the War of 1812 and particularly the Battle for Baltimore that formed the basis for the Star-Spangled Banner." Only one US Mint facility may be used to strike any particular quality of the coins, meaning at least two different facilities will be used.

2013 Commemorative Coins

The first program authorized for this year will commemorate the centennial of the establishment of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Only silver dollars will be issued, with a maximum mintage of 350,000 coins.

Minimal guidance with regards to design is provided within the legislation, which states that designs "shall be emblematic of the centennial of the Girl Scouts of the United States of America."

During the same year, commemorative coins will be issued to recognize the five United States Army 5-Star Generals, George Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower, Henry Arnold, and Omar Bradley. The program will include $5 gold coins with a maximum mintage of 100,000, silver dollars limited to 500,000, and clad half dollars limited to 750,000.

The designs may prove somewhat unusual, as the legislation requires that "the design of the coins shall include portraits of Generals George C. Marshall, Douglas MacArthur, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Henry “Hap” Arnold and Omar N. Bradley." If all five portraits must appear on each coin, this will make for a crowded design.

2014 Commemorative Coins

So far only one commemorative coin program has been approved for 2014. The subject of commemoration is the semicentennial of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The program includes silver dollars issued in a quantity of up to 350,000.

Designs "shall be emblematic of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its contribution to civil rights in America."

Introduced Legislation

Within the 112th Congress, there have been two bills introduced for proposed commemorative coin programs. One would mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of President Ronald Reagan (which occurred in 2011) with silver dollars issued in 2017.

The other would commemorate the 225th anniversary of the establishment of the United States Marshals service (which occurs in 2014) with $5 gold coins, silver dollars, and half dollars issued in 2015.

Bills for similar programs were introduced previously, but did not become law.
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At March 8, 2011 at 1:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Will there be one specific silver dollar for each General - Or will all the Generals be placed on a single Commemorative?

At March 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM , Blogger Mint News Blog said...

There are three different coins- the $5 gold, silver dollar, and half dollar- and the law requires that the five portraits be included on the "design of the coins".

It's not specific as to whether all five appear on each coin, or one or more for each coin. I would hope the latter, or that the wording allows it.

I don't think there would be five separate silver dollar designs. The one instance where a modern commemorative silver dollar had different designs for the same program (2006 Franklin Silver Dollars), it was specifically required by the law.

At March 8, 2011 at 1:38 PM , Anonymous JA said...

Normally at least 1 future program peaks my interest but actually none of these sound the least bit interesting to me.

At March 8, 2011 at 2:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was anyone able to order the ATB silver coins from Coins n Things today? Instead of offering them in the second quarter as previously announced, they suddenly changed their web site to say they would have their order phones open from 3 pm to 5 pm only today. I did re-dial for the whole 2 hours and only got a busy signal.

What idiocy this whole program has been from the start! I wouldn't be surprised if they just left their phone off the hook and sold them all to the TV marketers. I hope the mint investigates all the distributors of these.

At March 8, 2011 at 2:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did the same thing for two hours straight with a a fast redial and nothing but a straight busy signal.... It is total BS

At March 8, 2011 at 2:27 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The phone finally rang through at 5:24 PM but no one answered.

At March 8, 2011 at 2:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spoke with them twice. Price was 1100 and some change. I didnt ordered because the price. I asked representative why the price is so high and about Mint policy of 10% premium and he disconnected our conversation.Secon time I was able to talk to them I asked about the tax. They told me that is included in this price. I told them that I live in New York State and I should not pay the sale tax they told me that the price for this set is 1100 and I decided not to order. I have 3 sets which I paid 974 , 929 and 1006 from Amark, Fidelitrade and MTB ( 1006 wit tax)and didnt want to pay more than other AP were asking for.

At March 8, 2011 at 3:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ordered a set from Coins-N-Things...I got through after over an hour of calling. They took my name and phone number and said they would call me back later today or tomorrow. About 10 minutes later, they called me back to get my mailing address and told me where to send my check.

The $1100 also includes about $170 worth of 90% silver coin...1964 & before. I was told they did this because if the order was under $1000, they would have to charge me sales tax. So, I didn't pay any sales tax. I really didn't understand that, but with the $170 in 90% silver coins included, I'm cool with that!

They will be taking more phone orders over the next few weeks.

At March 8, 2011 at 3:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

They didnt mention to me that 170 silver coin or coins are included in this price. They told me that tax is included. How many pre 1964 silver coins they will ship to you with 2010 ATB 5 oz set????

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At March 8, 2011 at 3:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Star Spangled Banner coin, since I grew up near Ft McHenry interests me. We are overdue on a coin honoring Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights era so that
I'll be interested in.

I am only interested in the Girl Scout coin because I want to see how many ethnic groups they can squeeze on it to make it PC.

I have a couple pages in my Dansco for military themed commemoratives but I can't say the recent issues have done anything for me. I haven't even bought any and I probably won't.

At March 8, 2011 at 4:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Coins N Things will be offering any more ATB coins or if they sold out today?

At March 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To"They didnt mention to me that 170 silver coin or coins are included in this price. They told me that tax is included. How many pre 1964 silver coins they will ship to you with 2010 ATB 5 oz set????"

The $170 would be about 26 quarters. (.18084 oz of pure silver per qtr x 26 = 4.7 oz's of silver x $36 = $169.20)

At March 8, 2011 at 4:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To "Does anyone know if Coins N Things will be offering any more ATB coins or if they sold out today?"

They will be selling more over the phone in the coming weeks. They don't know the exact dats yet...check their website daily for updates.

At March 8, 2011 at 4:26 PM , Blogger alrprairie said...

Monday, March 07, 2011 1:35 PM
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WASHINGTON - The United States Mint today announced that it is requesting public comment from all interested persons on factors to be considered in conducting research for alternative metallic coinage materials for the production of all circulating coins.

At March 8, 2011 at 4:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the US Mint packages the Girl Scout coins in Girl Scouts Cookie Boxes, preferably Thin Mints since those are my favorite.

At March 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM , Blogger Tim said...

Good timely info, I'm surprized so many concepts are including the $5 gold. I will be so glad when the 5 oz ATB infection has run its course. They are not the only item to discuss. Michael, I hope your hair hasn't fallen out or turned gray yet. They (the mint)are going to hold the numismatic versions as long as they can to get the most out of silvers continuing run up. I don't even care if I get any, any longer.

At March 8, 2011 at 5:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they put a boy on the Girl Scout coin...I'm gonna scream (ARRRRRGH!!)


At March 8, 2011 at 7:11 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

2013 what about a coin to commemorate the 100 anniversary of the Federal Reserve Act December 23, 1913 signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson creating inflation when it issues US dollars backed by government debt? Since 1913, when the Federal Reserve was created by Congress, our money has lost 96% of its purchasing power due to inflation.

At March 8, 2011 at 7:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Missing seemingly from the list are the NASA COMMEMORATIVES which have been in the planning for quite a while now. Wonder what the schedule is for them since the program calls for quite a few coins with special features !

At March 8, 2011 at 7:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they don't put a male on the girl scout commerative, I'm gonna scream - sems only fair! That was a totally dumb stunt on the Boy Scout dollar. bc

At March 9, 2011 at 4:10 AM , Blogger Mint News Blog said...


Bills have been introduced seeking to authorize this program a few times, but none became law, i.e. the program was never authorized.

At March 9, 2011 at 6:48 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The coin should have never been called the boy scout commemorative coin once the decision was made to put a girl on the coin. It should have become the scouting commemorative coin if they insisted on having a girl on the coin and then never made a girl scout coin. By placing a girl on the boy scout coin AND having a girl scout coin which presumably will have no boy, the US Mint has made a mockery of themselves and insulted the boy scouts, of which I was one.

At March 9, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand the the Army Infanty coin for 2012?, isn't that the same as the 2011 Army coin. Whats the difference? why the redundacy? (It must be refering to the 2011 coin depicting infantry over the years).

At March 9, 2011 at 11:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Girl Scout coin was last year (you know the one with the boy on it). PC coins will never be collectible like the UHR, American Eagles and other classic designs.
Speaking of classics, I'm looking forward to the Ronald Reagan commemorative.

At March 9, 2011 at 4:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see no problem at all with putting a female on a Boy Scout commemorative coin.

For every narrow minded individual who is whining -- if you don't like the girl, sell your coin(s) or don't buy it.

If a male appears on a Girl Scout coin, you have choices. Buy one or don't buy one. Period.


At March 9, 2011 at 5:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing that Ronald Reagan should be commemorated for is siring Ron Reagan Jr., a very progressive thinker and intelligent commentator! RR is too polarizing of a figure. The airport was already too much, his fans will have to happy with that. (Hence, a RR Jr. tie-in would provide some much needed balance.)

At March 9, 2011 at 7:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A RR Jr. Coin would have to have a loony bird on it, (no then again that would be too disrepectful to real bird.)

At March 10, 2011 at 7:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pre-modern commemoratives had so much more diverse and interesting subjects! All of these military commems are a big snooze-fest.

At March 10, 2011 at 3:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I see no problem at all with putting a female on a Boy Scout commemorative coin."

Really? I guess you have no clue what a 100 year commemorative coin is supposed to mean (celebrating the actual 100 years of Scouting). The Venture/ girl program is and always will be tiny, and only started in the 1990s (over 80 years after Boy Scouts began).

As a former Scout and parent of Scouts, I would have no problem with a den mother on the coin, but PaaLeeeze, How messed up are people that push PC issues over reality.

Guess that's why the super low mintage PC platinum coins do not fetch nearly the premiums that you would think they would based on mintage and precious metal content.

At March 10, 2011 at 4:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to above anti-PC post.

At July 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM , Blogger John Eddy said...

Boy am I tired of commemoratives of presidents and coins with eagles, flags, the statue of Liberty and old coin designs- however beautiful.

Everything is backward- looking. Where is our vision as a country?


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