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Friday, June 3, 2011

Favorite Coins from World Mints: Part Two

As a break from the regular coverage of US Mint products and coins, I wanted to devote a post to showcasing some of my personal favorite coins from other world mints. I wrote a similar post about a year ago, that can be found here.

While the majority of my collection consists of US coins, I have occasionally acquired certain world coins that I have particularly liked. All of the coins included here were purchased within the past year or so.

In putting together this post, I realized that many of the coins were delivering something that was lacking in current US coin designs and offerings. So the resulting post became not only a showcase of excellent world mint coins, but also a commentary on what can be improved on US coins.

2011 Britannia Silver Bullion Coins

The Royal British Mint has issued one ounce Silver Britannia coins from 1997 to present. Mintages are limited, even for the bullion version, and each year features a new depiction of Britannia. On the 2011 issue, she is seated with a trident and shield, with the image of a billowing union flag overlaid. The use of the two elements results in a modern impression of the classic arrangement.

I would like to see some new interpretations of Liberty on US coins. In recent years, coin designs have used the Statue of Liberty to represent Liberty (Platinum Eagle obverse, Presidential Dollar reverse), which is sort of like turning an allegorical concept into a literal one. Other recent appearances of Liberty have been copies of old designs (First Spouse Gold Liberty Subset, American Gold Eagle, American Silver Eagle, the upcoming American Palladium Eagle). Finally, some recent designs have featured female figures that some collectors mistake for Liberty, but these are not Liberty (Medal of Honor Gold Coin reverse is Minerva, 2011 Proof Platinum Eagle reverse is a harvest goddess).

I cannot even recall the last time a genuinely new rendition of Liberty has appeared on a US coin.

2010 Kangaroo at Sunset Silver Coin

This one ounce silver proof coin is struck by the Royal Australian Mint with a mintage of 5,000 pieces. The design is simple and dominated by empty space, but it makes a great impression on the viewer. Every time I have shown this coin to a non collector, there has been a pause of a second or two to interpret the design, followed by a "wow" expression.

Too many recent US coins have taken a literal approach to design and have not taken any risks or explored innovative compositions. As a result, not too many recent US Mint releases will elicit a "wow" response. One might be the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle, which of course was a reproduction of a design from 100 years ago.

When I have showed some people the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins, their response has been, "Is this a real coin?"

2010 Konsta Jylha and Folk Music Silver Coin

This €10 silver coin was produced by the Mint of Finland for the 100th anniversary of a famous Finnish folk musician and composer. The style of the coin and particularly the obverse portrait were chosen to convey an impression of the historical figure. The designer stated, "Konsta Jylhä was a rather modest person. For this reason I wanted my work to breathe a certain kind of simple modesty, I didn’t want the coin to have too many details." The reverse of the coin shows the openings at the top of a violin.

Too many portraits appearing on US coins are very close reproductions of period portraits or photographs. The CCAC has referred to this as a "trace and bake" approach. To some extent, it should be expected that a likeness on a coin would closely resemble a photographic representation, but an expression as art should convey or allude to something deeper.

Do the images above look familiar? With very little variation, these portraits were used for recent First Spouse Gold Coins.

One-Tenth Ounce Silver Koala and One Half Gram Gold Kangaroo

As the price of gold and silver has risen, some world mints have responded by making smaller sized coins. Above are the 1/10 oz 2011 Silver Koala and 1/2 gram (0.016 troy ounce) 2010 Mini Roo, both from the Perth Mint in Australia. Obviously the premiums are much higher than if purchasing higher weight coins, but that is a recognized and expected factor. The motivations of someone purchasing a one half gram coin as opposed to a one ounce coin are clearly different anyway. These tiny offerings serve to preserve a low pricing point, despite rising precious metals prices.

The US Mint has taken the opposite approach and eliminated smaller weight offerings as precious metals prices have risen. At the end of 2008, the US Mint discontinued fractional weight numismatic products for the Gold Buffalo, Platinum Eagle, and Gold Eagle.

Perpetuating this opposite approach, the US Mint has actually released higher weight coins with the America the Beautiful Silver Bullion Coins, containing 5 troy ounces of silver each.

2010 125 Years of Bulgarian Unification

When writing about world coins, I always like to include a Bulgarian coin, since my wife is Bulgarian and my children are half Bulgarian. This 10 leva coin was issued to commemorate 125 years of unification. The 92.5% silver coin includes a selective gold plating over the stamp of the Bulgarian Secret Central Revolutionary Committee pictured on the reverse. While some colorized or enhanced world coins look garish, this selective gold plating appropriately highlights a portion of the design in an effective manner.

The US Mint has never produced coins with colorization or selective gold plating, and has only produced a single bimetallic coin (2000-W Library of Congress $10 Commemorative). While it would not be appropriate or necessary for every coin, it would be nice to see something different once in a while.

Paul Revere ANA Convention Bronze and Silver Medals

Not a coin and not from a world mint, but something I wanted to include in the post. This is the official medal issued for the ANA 119th Anniversary Convention in Boston designed by Jamie Franki (designer of the new Jefferson Nickel obverse). The obverse of the medal depicts Paul Revere on his midnight ride. The reverse of the coin with a rising sun and pine tree was based on a 2-shilling note that had been engraved by Paul Revere. As part of the design process, Franki dressed in period authentic clothing and spent an afternoon riding a horse. Only 150 two-medal sets were produced.

As soon as I saw the design for this coin, I immediately tried to order one. A week later, the ANA returned my check with a notice that the medals had already sold out. This, of course, made me want the medal more. I started running weekly searches on eBay, waiting for a set to show up at auction. If this didn't work, I planned to run some classified ads within hobby periodicals. After nearly a year, the two medal set finally showed up at auction and I was able to buy it for exactly the original issue price, even though I would have paid more.

Besides having an excellent design, these medals were intentionally limited to a very low number and proved difficult to acquire.

Every once in a while, the US Mint should create extremely limited product offerings. In recent years, the US Mint seems to have gone to lengths to avoid this situation. When the 2009 Proof Gold and Silver Eagles were canceled, the Mint Director had stated that they could have produced a limited number of coins, but it wouldn't be enough for every collector who wanted one. So instead of allowing some collectors to get the coins, the offering was canceled so everyone would get nothing.

More recently, there have been some limited products through the 2010 America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Coins, but these seem to have been created unintentionally, due to circumstances of production.

It hasn't always been this way. Back in 1997, the US Mint offered the Botanic Gardens Coinage and Currency Set with a limited production of 25,000 units. The set included the 1997-P matte proof Jefferson Nickel, only available within the set. Around the same time, the US Mint reduced the mintages of Proof Gold Eagles, specifically to help preserve secondary market values.

The Mint Director was quoted in a press release, "We're lowering the Proof Eagle mintages in response to our customers' interest in secondary market prices of our products. We recognize that our customers expect that our products retain a significant portion of their purchase price in the after-market. We believe lowering mintages will help us achieve that goal. This is part of a new philosophy we're pursuing in 1997 as an extension of our tradition of offering limited edition products -- such as the recent Botanic Garden Coinage & Currency Set. We believe that these lower mintage limits will make our products consistently more appealing to the collector. You can expect to see future issues structured in a similar way -- to raise the value of all our products, for all collectors."

In contrast, this year the US Mint raised the mintages of the 2011 Proof Platinum Eagle and 2011 Proof Gold Eagles.

Granted, the creation of intentionally limited products is something that can get out of hand. However, occasionally creating something special and making it available in a fair manner could be a welcome development. It would reward faithful US Mint customers and create some excitement, which would carry over to other offerings.



At June 3, 2011 at 9:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first picture looks like my buddy after he passed out and we were finished with him on his bachelor party night.

Oooph, that's a mugshot if I ever saw one.

At June 3, 2011 at 10:54 AM , Blogger Hidalgo said...

Hi Michael,

I am really pleased that you include articles about world coins. I am a coin collector and enjoy the beauty of coins throughout the world.

Keep up the great job!

At June 3, 2011 at 11:04 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really neat stuff. I came across the Canadian Royal Mint web site the other day and they have some surprising things compared to the old-fashioned US Mint (coins with gemstones and holograms mounted on them!)

But I don't like to buy stuff that goes down in value. I occasionally buy small stuff just for the fun of it, but I prefer buying with at least some chance of going up or not going down. Most current offerings seem destined to go down unless they are precious metals without a big markup to melt.

At June 3, 2011 at 11:07 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Revere was made famous in a poem by Longfellow...but, Dawson was the better man for his ride to Concord.

Maybe Boston will get it right someday.

Olive Oil

At June 3, 2011 at 11:08 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above poster. Alas even our 'small budget for fun' is quickly drying up with today's high commodity price. That's why a post like this is very much desired so collectors can pick some really interesting ones out of a vast array of yearly offerings...

At June 3, 2011 at 11:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find myself buying more world coins too. One of my favorites is the Switzerland 2 franc coin.

At June 3, 2011 at 11:10 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did purchase some Canadian silver coins but they pulled in next to nothing. I did not even get bullion value for them.

On another note the Russian mint put out some very nice coins commemorating various edifices such as churches and monasteries which I purchased as keepers. I really like these coins.

At June 3, 2011 at 11:51 AM , Anonymous Dr joe said...

hanks for the update. My wife loves elephants and I am collecting(not flipping) the Somalia 1 oz silver coins since 2004 that depict elephants-different every year. At $80 not buying for bullion but very enjoyable for the price. My youngest daughter likes kangaroos so have been collecting those for her and I bet she will have them long after I am gone. Besides when all the other presents are thrown out or sold at the garage sale, the coin gifts I give have remained in the receipients possession for many years. Again thanks Michael for this blog. An everyday read before I hit the office!

At June 3, 2011 at 12:00 PM , Anonymous joe said...

Great idea, Michael! I like your idea of periodically posting information on world coins. It would be neat to make this ongoing. Another useful tool would be to post some links for purchasing world coins (at reasonable prices) on the side of your blog.

Good stuff!

At June 3, 2011 at 12:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael and fellow readers of the blog,

There is an elephant in the room.
It's called the obverse of ANY Canadian, English or Australian coin made recently.

The obverse had an old lady queen image that I find not too purdy to look at, so I don't buy any!

After all, it's not a driver's license, so I'm not sure why they have to keep her image so up to date! I liked the images from the 50s to the late 90s.

Thanks for the post!

At June 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dabble lightly in foreign coins and try to get one or so each year. My favorite is the Libertad from Mexico. A very beautiful design rivaling our ASE. I would like to get more British Commonwealth coins as I agree the reverse of their coins are quite good but the ol' queeny on the obverse just spoils it. In fact if their coins had a better obverse I could see myself buying a lot of Canadian and British coins. Yes many of our coins have too much literalism. Even the Chinese have the sense to stay away from putting Mao on every coin.

At June 3, 2011 at 1:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Michael,
Is the Sunset coin BU or Proof?

At June 3, 2011 at 1:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Michael,

Also all the coins I see have seen have the F15 Privy. Where can you just get the coin?

At June 3, 2011 at 3:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a way to raise awareness of Revere's ride to alert the British.

At June 3, 2011 at 5:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that you can't buy directly from the Mexican mint. Other than APMEX, where can I buy Mexican mint products?

At June 3, 2011 at 5:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Micheal - Thanks for the update on coins from other countries. I particularly like the 1st series of Australian Lunar coins. They have great animal subjects and are great looking coins. Also, they have somewhat of a premium and realively low mintages. Maybe you could do a series on Australian coins. I think you can buy the series 2 right from the Perth Mint. I purchased series 1 throught dealers years ago.

At June 3, 2011 at 8:53 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have purchased several libertads from Panda America including a proof set with 1 oz through 1/20 oz coins. Oh, if only the ASE had some fractionals. Panda America sells many world coins besides libertads. Type in libertads in your search box and you should come up with several coin dealers. Perhaps even one close to home. I would imagine many large cities would have a coin dealer who sells libertads. Small communities not likely.

The silver libertad may become legal tender in Mexico later this year. It supposed to have a floating value in pesos readjusted periodically as silver price changes. Look up Hugo Salinas Price. He's got the financial power like the Bill Gates of Mexico although retired now.

If the libertad becomes legal tender in Mexico I wouldn't be surprised if many businesses in the southern areas of our border states accept the coin. The paper FRN is losing value rapidly otherwise why is silver nearly 40 bucks and oz. Metal values are just a reflection of the declining value of a countries paper currency.

At June 3, 2011 at 10:59 PM , Anonymous Louis said...

Thanks to Michael for an especially interesting post. Check out coins from Austria, Finland, and France for some interesting and beautiful coins. Not all foreign issues decline like many Canadian coins. Some of the low mintage items do very well. Check out proof sets from the Vatican. They are expensive but gorgeous and very low mintage and they go up in value over time. I have been very pleased dealing with Royal Scandanavian Mint (a US retailer online).

At June 3, 2011 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really interesting that not a single coin addressed in this report is from Asia, which makes some of the most beautiful coins I have seen.

My favorites are the China panda coins. If the prices were a bit lower, I would collect the set.

At June 4, 2011 at 5:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I too have the ANA Revere (#75/150 of both types) and it is some of the whitest silver I have ever seen. The bronze has been darkened up in areas to give it more contrast, but it is quite well done. The artist actually wore period clothing and rode a horse to get more realism into the sculpture. Those were struck by Medal Arts in Green Bay. I have never seen any come up for sale on EBay so I am shocked that anyone would sell them and at original price is astonishing!

Jim L.

At June 4, 2011 at 7:53 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The sunset silver proof IS amazing! You have quite a nice list going here!

Australia makes a few nice high relief coins too, the 2010 boxing kangaroos for instance. I was hoping the US Mint makes a silver eagle like this sometime, since they have the technology... much more affordable than the gold UHR.

At June 4, 2011 at 8:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There is an elephant in the room.
It's called the obverse of ANY Canadian, English or Australian coin made recently."

That's gold.

At June 4, 2011 at 10:11 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's also silver, copper, nickel. You just can't get away from the old babe.

At June 4, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Blogger Mint News Blog said...

"Hi Michael,
Is the Sunset coin BU or Proof?"

The one I have is silver proof, purchased from Euro Collections.

"It's really interesting that not a single coin addressed in this report is from Asia, which makes some of the most beautiful coins I have seen."

I didn't mean to leave these out intentionally. I also like the Chinese Silver Panda coins. I have picked up at least one example for the past few years.

At June 4, 2011 at 10:30 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was lucky in the 09 and 10 ballot drawing for the 1/5 oz gold sunset roos, they're great coins.

At June 4, 2011 at 4:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Sarah Palin collected ANA medals, then maybe she would know who Paul Revere was!! A side benefit of collecting....

At June 4, 2011 at 6:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't need politics in here, but as long as you started it, she knows better than you and the whole MSM. The poem about Revere is not true history. Look it up. She was correct!

At June 4, 2011 at 8:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

A coin I really like is the 2010 Canada Maple Leaf S$5 Piefort – reverse proof. The RCM produced 9000 of the coins and they sold out quickly. I have two (of 28) NGC graded PF 70 coins and they are knockouts. You have to see the coins in person because most photos simply do not do them justice.

At June 4, 2011 at 10:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just don't look on the obverse of your reverse proof!

At June 4, 2011 at 11:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ancients are by far the most interesting of all coins.

At June 5, 2011 at 4:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone -

Serious question. I received my set of 2010 America the Beautiful bullion coins from Jack Hunt about a month ago. I am interested in selling them as I prefer the US Mint's 5 ounce P silver coins.

I thought I read somewhere that Jack Hunt or another company was buying back the 2010 bullion coins. Is that correct? If so, where can I find that information?

At June 5, 2011 at 7:29 AM , Anonymous VABEACHBUM said...

Michael - A great follow-up to last year's initial posting. I went back to read that article again, and was reminded of some of the previous, fascinatingly thoughtful issues: Kazakhstan Space, Netherlands, and other. If our Mint has any intentions of moving from the very literal to the creative and insightful, they have a very long way to go.

Over the last 5-6 years, I have been diversifying my mostly US collection w/ some world coins, to include the BU Silver Britannias, Chinese Silver Pandas, and some of the special issue Silver Canadian Maples - Olympics, Wildlife Series. Many of the newer issues in each of these series continue to be available at reasonable prices on retail and secondary markets.

Thanks for expanding our horizons and keeping us informed. Keep the great works coming!!

At June 5, 2011 at 7:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

APMEX is buying back their graded sets, but they just dropped the buy price from $1100 to $1050!

At June 5, 2011 at 1:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

33,000 pc of 2010 bullion ATB 5 oz silver coins for each design were mostly sold in set of five. while the 27,000 pc of 2010p collector's version were sold to individual collector. i predict the 2010p collector's version set will be very few. most collector bought a single piece and stop. and some even sell it right away to other. to assemble a 2010p set in the future will be very limited. thus it could cost a set of 2010p collector's version price to skyrocket.

At June 5, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's funny how APMEX thought $1500 per set was a fair price for everyone else to pay back in December, yet they would never pay that price per set!

At June 5, 2011 at 3:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does any business pay full retail price for their inventory???

At June 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

better to get 2010p ATB 5 oz 5 pc set. it is very much better than 2010 bullion 2010 5 oz 5 pc set. since it is the first year and first series. i predict this 2010p 5 pc set will be 3 x higher than bullion 5 pc set.

i also see any individual 2010p ATB 5 oz prices to go up.

At June 5, 2011 at 4:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The five oz. ATB people have taken over the comments. There remains tremendous interest in "How much am I gonna get when I sell" these. I'll just wait to elaborate until the next five oz. ATB topic comes up which is in a few days.

At June 5, 2011 at 9:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As soon as the ATB 5 ozer get noticed by the GP all prices will sky rocket on these coins (bullion and uncirculated). Don't give APMEX the time of day, they are playing us again.

It took two years for the UHR to double in value. The ATB is most likly following in those same foot steps.

At June 5, 2011 at 9:22 PM , Anonymous Aquaman said...

Nice post Michael, totally agree that the US mint needs to change things up more frequently, the 5 oz ATB series notwithstanding. The RCM just came out with a 4-coin Niobium series.

Congrats on the ANA medals, that's a nice looking set.

At June 6, 2011 at 6:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree that the ATB pucks will go up once they are discovered by the public. Most collectors don't follow the Mint closely.

Once the Boomers find out they can read them without a magnifying glass they'll skyrocket!

At June 6, 2011 at 7:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"better to get 2010p ATB 5 oz 5 pc set. it is very much better than 2010 bullion 2010 5 oz 5 pc set. since it is the first year and first series. i predict this 2010p 5 pc set will be 3 x higher than bullion 5 pc set."

THe bullion coins have a much different finish and many think they are more attractive than the 2010p collector versions. The mintage numbers are close, only 6,000 more of the bullion. The expectation is that the future values of both will be similar.

At June 6, 2011 at 8:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

there will be very much more 2010 bullion ATB 5 oz set than the 2010p collector's series set. why? because the bullion ATB mostly sell them as a set. while the 2010p were bought individually by different collectors or investors. some some bought one and then discontinue it.

At June 6, 2011 at 8:23 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is the Mint going to decide on the price for the Yosemite coin? Sales start in only 3 days. I don't see silver taking a violent enough swing upwards to warrant any price higher than the $279.95 that has already been in use.

At June 6, 2011 at 8:26 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind, I just saw the press release from last Thursday. They list the price as $279.95 there. Since the product page still does not show that, I thought they were still trying to decide what to price the coin at.

At June 6, 2011 at 8:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There may be fewer collectors of the bullion sets because they were mostly sold as sets. You could make an argument that fewer collectors means more control of the market and higher prices. And although sold as bullion sets, any of the 5 coins in a set can be sold individually, not a problem whatsoever.

At June 6, 2011 at 8:33 AM , Anonymous Dr joe said...

Enjoyed Michaels comment about how the artist wore the gear and rode the horse so as to be able to better get a feel for the depiction of the Revere coin. A beautiful coin is the result.
Yet in another site, I believe Coin World, they were discussing the renditions of some of the upcoming ATB coins and ALL of the artists that were submitting said that they had not even seen the sites they were drawing! All were from someone elses pictures or decription!!!
I should have just stayed in the Holiday Inn last night instead of 12 years of training for medicine.

At June 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!

You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have
striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The
hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on
other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war
machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of
Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well
equipped and battle hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of
1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats,
in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their
strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home
Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions
of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men.
The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to

I have full confidence in your courage and devotion to duty and skill in
battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!

Good luck! And let us beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great
and noble undertaking.
SIGNED: Dwight D. Eisenhower

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

> the product page still does not show that...

It was updated - seems like they will stick to this price for the rest of the 2010 issues, unless Ag rockets. They may adjust and set the price for each year based on the initial release?

At June 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM , Anonymous jeff said...

"If Sarah Palin collected ANA medals, then maybe she would know who Paul Revere was!! A side benefit of collecting...."

If Barak Obama collected the state quarter series, then maybe he would know how many states are in the union. A great side benefit of collecting....

At June 6, 2011 at 12:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think people are missing the boat, the prices have really come down on pre 33 gold. You can buy
ms64 saints for less then any of the mints 1 oz proofs.

At June 6, 2011 at 2:19 PM , Blogger Hidalgo said...

I received this email today. The prices of the 2011 ASE is said to be $59.95 each. Key sections of the email follow.


Dear United States Mint Customer,

The United States Mint will be processing your subscription order for the 2011 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin in approximately 4 weeks. Our records indicate you have the following subscription(s):

1 American Eagle Silver Proof Coin(s)

NOTE: As a result of the increase in the cost of silver, the 2011
American Eagle Silver Proof Coin
is priced at $59.95. There will be an initial order limit of 100 coins
per household.

Due to the high volatility in the market price of silver, this price
may be subject to change. We will
notify you of a price change before processing your credit card. You
may cancel your order at any time prior to processing.

At June 6, 2011 at 4:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mint price for the proof ASE seems to be reasonable. I have subsribed but will save more money for the potential 25th anniversary coins. Hope they start to give some hints.

At June 6, 2011 at 4:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

25th anniversary coins:

Why would the mint want to remind everyone that they flubbed the 2009 Proof Eagle.

Last year should have been the
25th anniversary.

Think about it.

At June 6, 2011 at 5:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

To need to think about it!
If you got married in 1986, when would you celebrate you're 25th anniversary?...wait for it....yes, 2011.

At June 6, 2011 at 5:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I started to collect coins last year. With all the possibilities, such as FS, gold eagle and buffalo, it is almost impossible to collect all of them financially. Needless to say that some new ones like the ATB coins come along. With the 25th anniversary sets, they may offer a good experience in participating the American Eagle series.

At June 23, 2011 at 4:56 AM , Blogger Vanessa said...

Thank you Michael for this article, when I saw the "Roo at sunset" I had to have one, ok so maybe two, it is amazing, the simplicity of the coin is what makes it even more beautiful. Thanks again for all your time you spend sharing with all US.


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