The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Coin

The 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Coin series will be the first curved coins ever to be minted by the United States Mint. OK, so the United States Mint is celebrating the diamond anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with a series of coins. The obverse of the coins shows a glove. The convex shape gives the glove the look that it really might catch a baseball. The reverse shows a baseball and has the Inscriptions UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, E PLURIBUS UNUM, and HALF DOLLAR. As of the time of this writing, June 16, 2014, the US Mint has already sold out of all silver dollars and gold $5 coins. The proof clad half-dollar will be released on July 16, 2014. The uncirculated clad half-dollar will be available a couple weeks later on July 30. Altogether 750,000 clad half-dollars...

US Commemorative Coins 2009 – 2010

2009 Two commemorative coins were issued for 2009, honoring two very important men; Abraham Lincoln and Louis Braille. Lincoln, as our sixteenth President, led the country during one of its darkest periods, the War Between the States. Louis Braille, a man from France who developed the Braille method of reading and writing for the visually impaired. Abraham Lincoln is honored with a commemorative silver dollar coin. The coin is made up of 90% silver, balanced by copper. The obverse has an engraving of President Lincoln, rendering him as if he were deep in thought. The reverse has an excerpt from Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. (500,000 minted) Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Silver Dollar The 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille is marked by a silver dollar coin that has readable...

US Commemorative Coins 2007 – 2008

2007 The Virginia Company of London, England landed on the shores of what would be the United States of America in 1607.  These would be the first English settlers in the New World. The 400th anniversary of their settlement, Jamestown (named for King James of England) was honored with two commemorative coins. The silver dollar coin has on its obverse an engraving of three faces representing diversity of the different cultures brought together in the New World. On its reverse there is the image of the three ships that brought the English Virginia Company to North America; The Susan Constant, Godspeed, and the Discovery. (500,000 minted) It is 90% silver and 10% copper. Jamestown Commemorative Silver Dollar The five dollar gold coin has on its obverse the legendary Captain John Smith meeting...

US Commemorative Coins 2006

Benjamin Franklin Commemorative Dollar One of this country’s greatest scientists and philosophers was Benjamin Franklin. He was a strong force leading the American Revolution and invented many things. The United States mint commemorated him with two silver dollar coins issued in 2006, honoring the 300th anniversary of his birth. One coin shows him for the scientist that he was, while the other honors his place as an instrumental leader in our country’s independence. The first coin shows an engraving of Franklin with his kite experimenting with electricity on the obverse, while the reverse has the “Join or Die” cartoon that Franklin published in the Pennsylvania Gazette May 9, 1754. (250,000 minted) The second coin shows a simple portrait of him on the obverse, while...

US Commemorative Coins 2004 – 2005

2004 Thomas Edison Commemorative Coin 1879 saw the invention of the light bulb at the hands of Thomas Edison. 2004 brought about the minting of a commemorative coin which honored Edison. The coin was 90% silver and 10% copper, and featured an artist’s view of Edison in his laboratory and an image of the early light bulb on the obverse. The reverse  has a singular picture of the light bulb with a commemoration of its 125th anniversary above. It is marked also with the years 1879-2004. (500,000 minted) Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clarke led over 35 men with the help of a young woman belonging to the Shoshone nation (Sacajawea) across the country. They began the long journey of the many miles west as the Unites States was expanding in 1803. This event was honored on it’s...

US Commemorative Coins 2002 – 2003

2002 Winter Olympic Games Five Dollar Gold Two coins were issued by the U.S. Mint for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympic Games. The five dollar coin is 90% gold and 10% alloy and has the crystal emblem of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games over the beautiful design entitled “Rhythm of the Land” on it’s obverse. The reverse has the Olympic flame on top of a cauldron. (80,000 made) The silver dollar coin is comprised of 90% silver and 10% alloy. On the obverse it portrays the Crystal Emblem as well as the classic Olympic rings and the “Rhythm of the Land” design. It’s reverse has the beautiful Rocky Mountains in the backdrop, superimposed by the Salt Lake City skyline. (400,000 made) The bicentennial of West Point Military Academy was commemorated with a silver dollar...

US Commemorative Coins 2000 – 2001

Leif Ericson Dollar 2000 The one dollar coin features a  portrait of Leif Ericson on the obverse, (the explorer thought to have landed in the area now known as North America five centuries before Columbus). The reverse side of the coin is his ship proudly sailing the seas. (500,000 minted) Another one dollar coin commemorates Ericson as well… in this coin the explorer is shown in profile. The reverse side has the giant from the Icelandic Coat of Arms, along with a dragon, an eagle, and a bull. (150,000 minted) A one dollar coin featuring the Library of Congress has a rendering of an open book with a torch shining over it… the torch is to represent seeking knowledge on the obverse. The dome of the Jefferson Building is on the reverse. (500,000 minted)  US Commemorative $10 Coin The...