The US Mint began selling the 2011 Proof Set on January 11, 2011 (that’s 1-11-11). This popular annual offering comes earlier than usual in the US Mint’s effort to make the most popular products available for collecting and gift giving purposes throughout the year.
Each set includes a total of 14 proof coins struck at the San Francisco Mint and containing the “S” mint mark. The coins “are extraordinarily brilliant, with sharp relief and a mirror-like background.” The raised features a frosted to create a cameo effect.
The coins include:
2011 Presidential Dollars (Andrew Johnson, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James Garfield)
2011 Native American Dollar
2011 Kennedy Half Dollar
2011 America the Beautiful Quarters (Gettysburg, Glacier National park, Olympic National Park, Vicksburg, Chickasaw National Recreation Area)
2011 Roosevelt Dime
2011 Jefferson Nickel
2011 Lincoln Cent
The 2011 Proof Set is priced at $31.95. I placed an order for my sets on the start of sales. I am hoping the proof sets are waiting for me in my PO Box now!.
4,588,000 Ounces of Silver
With the month about two-thirds gone, the US Mint has already sold 4,588,000 ounces worth of silver bullion through the American Eagle Bullion Program. The total sales for ounces of gold has reached 75,500.
The amount for silver is significant since it already marks a monthly record for American Silver Eagles. The previous record occurred when the US Mint sold 4,260,000 coins in November 2010.
The US Mint has been selling 2011 Silver Eagles since January 3, 2011. Added to this amount are some remaining 2010 Silver Eagles that remained within inventory at the start of the year. Sales have been subject to “standard allocation,” which is the US Mint’s fancy way of saying “rationing.”
The price of silver has recently pulled back from over $30 per ounce to $27.50. Are investors using this as an opportunity to increase their positions?
2011 United States Army Commemorative Coins
Two commemorative coin programs were authorized by Congress for 2011. Recently, design selections were unveiled for the 2011 United States Army Commemorative Coins. The three coins included in the program each focus on a different aspect of the U.S. Army.The $5 gold coin focuses on the role of the U.S. Army throughout history. The obverse design shows soldiers from the Revolutionary War, American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the modern era. On the reverse of the coin is the official U.S. Army emblem. Designs are by Joel Iskowitz for the obverse and Joseph Menna for the reverse.
The silver dollar for the U.S. Army Commemorative Coins depicts soldiers of the modern era. A male and female soldier are shown in uniform with a globe in the background. On the reverse of the coin is the Great Seal of the United States, with the seven core values of the Army around. Richard Masters designed the obverse and Susan Gamble designed the reverse.
The half dollar shows the Army’s role in peacetime. The obverse includes a soldier surveying, two servicemen building a floodwall, and the Redstone rocket. The reverse shows a soldier in the Continental Army. The obverse design is by Donna Weaver with the reverse by Thomas Cleveland.
The second program for the year is the Medal of Honor Commemorative Coins. Designs were announced in September 2010. Sales for the coins included in both commemorative programs will begin at the buy hypixel skyblock coins during the first quarter of 2011.