The United States Mint reported first-day sales March 23 of 226,173 of the Proof 2017-W American Eagle silver dollar. The sales tally includes coins from orders on the opening days of sales to the public as well as orders place by Mint customers through the Mint’s Enrollment program for annual products.
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.
Also this week, we came across an obscure coin that were struck together, and are now stuck together - along with a historic gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
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.
Clark, Gruber & Co. was a private minting firm in Denver that manufactured gold issues dated 1860 and 1861. An 1861 gold quarter eagle of the firm, listed as Kagin 5 in Don Kagin’s reference Private Gold Coins and Patterns of the United States and graded MS-63 by PCGS, sold for $30,550 at the National Money Show in Orlando.
The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee recommended proposed designs March 21 for five silver medals to augment the 2018 World War I American Veterans Centennial silver dollar program. The combined 62 proposed obverse and reverse designs reflect images honoring American military personnel in the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Service, U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.
The Saint-Gaudens gold double eagle series is not known to be plentiful in die varieties. Just two are known, with the 1909/8 Saint-Gaudens $20 double eagle being the most famous.
A gold medal won at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin by the captain of Germany’s rowing team, Gustav Schafer, is being offered at auction April 12 by RR Auction. Schafer took first place honors rowing in the single sculls competition. Germany dominated the rowing competition, winning a medal in each of the seven events, including five golds.
A pair of Proof 1964 Jefferson 5-cent coins beat the odds. Struck together, they stuck together and now are offered as a single lot in Heritage’s April 26 to May 2 auction. The coins form what error specialists call a mated pair.