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2020 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Maine Centennial Half Dollar Coin

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2020 Marks the 100th Anniversary of the Maine Centennial Half Dollar Coin
In 1920, the United States Bureau of the Mint struck a commemorative silver coin that celebrated the 100th anniversary of Maine joining the Union and officially becoming a state. Fast-forward 100 years, we are now celebrating the 200th anniversary of Maine joining the union and the 100th anniversary of the release of this special half dollar coin.

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A Farewell to Mint Sculpt Engraver Charles Vickers

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A Farewell to Mint Sculpt Engraver Charles Vickers
Charles L. Vickers had a long and illustrious career in numismatic coins. After his service in the Army, Vickers attended the Art Students League, Frank Reilly School of Art, the Pratt Institute, and the School of Visual Arts. 

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Who is Thomas S. Cleveland, American Coin Designer?

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Who is Thomas S. Cleveland, American Coin Designer?
Thomas S. Cleveland is an American coin designer, illustrator, and fine artist. Cleveland holds design credit for 15 different U.S. Mint coins and medals. 

Cleveland, an Oklahoma native, majored in advertising and illustration and design, and minored in fine art painting at East Texas State University. In 2004, Cleveland was one of twelve artists selected from a pool of 250 applicants to serve in the United States Mint's Artistic Infusion Program. The Artistic Infusion Program was started in 2004 with the purpose of developing new coin and medal designs. Cleveland served in the Artistic Infusion Program until 2014, at which time he was only one of three remaining original Master Designers in the program.

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Rare 2 OZ Wedge-tailed Eagle designed by John Mercanti

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Rare 2 OZ Wedge-tailed Eagle designed by John Mercanti

Last month, the Perth Mint released a 2 oz gold coin that features Australia's wedged-tail eagle. The coin depicts a mother eagle tending to her child as the father scans the surrounding area for threats and prey. This is the 3rd design in 3 years that the legendary John Mercanti has designed.The specifications of this high-relief gold coin are 36.60 mm, 62.213 g (2 oz) .9999 fine with a mintage of only 250. As with Mercanti’s two previous designs of 2016 and 2017, further versions of this new rendition are to be expected in gold and silver throughout the year.

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38th U.S. Mint Director: Edmund C. Moy

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38th U.S. Mint Director: Edmund C. Moy
In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Edmund C. Moy as the 38 Director of the United States Mint. Moy was officially inducted to the position on September 5, 2006. As the Director of the U.S. Mint, Moy was responsible for the production and distribution of currency. He oversaw the manufacturing process and transferred the revenue made from selling collectible coins to the United States Treasury.

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