Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Zachary Taylor Presidential Dollar Coins Available Tomorrow


Zachary Taylor was born in 1784 in Virginia. Shortly after his birth, his family relocated to Kentucky, where he spent his youth. Taylor enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 23 and acquired the nickname "Old Rough and Ready" during his long military career. A national hero of the Mexican-American War, Taylor was an attractive presidential candidate, but he was also an independent thinker who did not always follow party lines. He became ill after attending a long ceremony at the Washington Monument on a hot Independence Day in 1850. He died five days later, having served only 16 months in office.

United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver Don Everhart designed and sculpted the obverse and the reverse of the Zachary Taylor Presidential $1 Coin. The obverse features . . .

Full story at: usmint.gov

U.S. Mint Warning on Chinese Counterfeit Coins

The United States Mint is aware of recent reports that some companies in China are producing unmarked imitations of pre-1950 United States coins and are selling them on-line. This practice not only exploits unwary consumers and collectors, but also may violate Federal law. Both consumers and coin collectors should be aware of . . .

Full story at: usmint.gov

Friday, November 06, 2009

Double Eagles and Shipwrecks: An Interview with U.S. Gold Coin Collector A.C. Dwyer


A.C. Dwyer, an avid coin collector, talked with us recently about the history of U.S. $20 double eagle gold coins, especially those struck during the California Gold Rush. Dwyer discusses the types of double eagles that were minted, the most interesting and rarest varieties, and why he’s so enthralled with coins that have been found at shipwreck sites.

Full story at: The Collectors Weekly