At the end of a very exciting year for new coin releases, including the 2021 Washington Crossing the Delaware Quarter as well as the 2021 Type 2 American Gold and Silver Eagles, a few more new coin varieties have been verified.
Christopher Columbus is remembered for famously voyaging to the Americas aboard La Santa Maria in 1492. This event, credited for expanding Western culture to the “New World,” shaped our world to a greater degree than perhaps any other event in history.
The Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle’s design carries a legacy unrivaled by any other American coin design. For over a century, the motif has been celebrated for its unprecedented artistry and timeless beauty. Though the design is adored by all, many people don’t know the equally fascinating story as to how the Saint-Gaudens Gold Double Eagle came to be.
When looking at a coin, there are two basic portions that we can refer to: the devices, or the raised design elements, and the fields, or the flat background. Although these two portions of the coin can exhibit a uniform appearance, they can also exhibit a two-toned appearance. These two tones are known as frosted, which appears as white on the devices, and mirrored, which appears as black on the fields. When a coin exhibits frosted devices and mirrored fields, it is know as Cameo contrast. Coins that exhibit stark Cameo contrast are highly sought after and generally thought of as having the highest level of eye appeal.
In an exciting numismatic development, an uncirculated 2021 American Gold Eagle with a W Mintmark has been discovered.
This week, over one hundred years ago, the beloved $10 Indian Head eagle series officially entered circulation. As one of just two designs crafted by the renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the $10 Indian Head is celebrated for launching the American Coin Renaissance, which led to the complete overhaul and reinvigoration of America’s coinage. With the Coin Renaissance and designs like the Indian Head, America’s money became not just a means of financial transaction, but stunning pieces of art that could be enjoyed by the public as well.
For over 350 years, the Pine Tree Shilling has fascinated numismatists and historians alike. Struck in Massachusetts while the Thirteen Colonies were still under British rule, this silver coin was one of several struck to fill the currency shortage. The most fascinating part of the Pine Tree Shilling is possibly its revival as a tool to ward off witches in the late 1690s.
This month marks the 95th anniversary of the inception of the Oregon Trail commemorative Half Dollar, the longest-running commemorative coin ever struck by the U.S. Mint, and one of the most widely collected coins from its period.
On October 10, 1978, President Jimmy Carter authorized production of dollar coins displaying Susan B. Anthony’s portrait. When the coin was struck just months later, Anthony became the first female American citizen to appear on our coinage, adding to her extensive list of achievements.
Today, Rare Collectibles TV celebrates the birthday of Robert Scot, the first Chief Engraver of the United States Mint. For over thirty years, Scot’s work defined American coinage, laying the foundation for future coin engravers to follow.
Of all the Liberty Head Gold Double Eagles struck by the United States Mint, those produced at Carson City have gained a reputation among collectors as the finest examples for their immense rarity. In total, only about 850,000 Carson City Liberty Head Double Eagles were struck across nineteen issues. To put that into perspective, many Philadelphia and San Francisco mint issues dwarf that mintage number in just a single year of production.
Rarely do we see a silver shortage with implications as far reaching as what we are experiencing right now. Between the global pandemic hindering the output of entire industries and the demand for silver reaching new heights with the rise of technologies like solar power, it is becoming more and more difficult to acquire silver. This immense scarcity has even crept into our beloved hobby, making it increasingly more difficult to obtain classic numismatic silver as of late.
One of the most influential pieces of American medallic art is the Libertas Americana Medal. Designed in part by Benjamin Franklin and struck to honor France’s part in the victories in the battles of Yorktown and Saratoga, the Libertas Americana Medal features an image of Liberty on the obverse with a Phrygian cap on a stick. This stunning image would inspire coin designers for years to come.