The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee’s review of five proposed World War I silver medals began on an ominous note. Donald Scarinci, the panel’s medal specialist, lambasted all 62 medal designs the United States Mint had offered to mark the war’s centennial in 2018. “I cannot support any of these designs,” he announced at the March 21 meeting in Washington.
Of the four commemorative coin programs conducted by the U.S. Mint in 2015 and 2016, the only reported sellout was for the three-coin Special Silver set issued in conjunction with the 2015 March of Dimes program.
A hoard of gold containing what might be considered “key” coins still awaits its owner. An undisclosed number of gold sovereigns and half sovereigns dating from the reigns of Victoria, Edward VII and George V were discovered hidden away inside a piano.