US Mint Coin Guides
Mint Coin Guide provides a bevy of information on modern United States Mint products and includes coin specifications, release dates, mintages, coin images, design details, and related product references.
Check these main navigation topics for direct links to coin guides that fall within the scope of:
- 2012 US Mint Coins
- 2011 US Mint Coins
- 2010 US Mint Coins
- America the Beautiful 5 oz Silver Coins
- American Silver Eagles
- American Gold Eagles
- American Platinum Eagles
- American Palladium Eagles
- Commemorative Coins
- First Spouse Gold Coins & Medals
- Lincoln Cents
Mint Coin Guide will expand to offer information on other world mint products. It presently offers exclusive resources for American coinage. The next few paragraphs provide an overview of the U.S. Mint and what types of coins are focused upon with the pages of this site.
The main task of the United States Mint is to manufacture circulating coinage to include Lincoln cents, Jefferson Nickels, Roosevelt Dimes, Washington Quarters (including the new America the Beautiful Quarters), Kennedy Half-Dollars, Presidential $1s and Native American Dollars. Billions of these coins are produced by the Mint each year, delivered to Federal Reserve Banks, and then distributed to local banks around the nation to meet the public needs to conduct every day transactions.
The Mint also produces numismatic products. These are offerings that it directly sells to anyone interested in buying, but mostly collectors. The pages within Mint Coin Guide offer a variety of information for collectors, and are focused mostly on coins the U.S. Mint produces for them — sets, gold and silver commemoratives, proof coins, uncirculated coins and even a sampling of medals. These coins may originate from the Mint facilities in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point, with denoting respective mint marks of "P", "D", "S" and "W", where appropriate.
Also found within this site are guides for "bullion" coins the Mint strikes that are intended for investors — although collectors buy them for their collections as well. Examples include bullion American Gold Eagles, American Silver Eagles, American Platinum Eagles, American Buffalo Gold and America the Beautiful Silver Coins. These coins are differentiated from the same-designed collector versions in that they will not have a proof or uncirculated finish, and they never have a mint mark. Additionally — again, unlike its numismatic products, the Mint does not offer its bullion products directly to the public but instead sells them to a small network of authorized purchasers who then resell them to dealers, collectors and precious metals providers for a small premium above the current spot price of the silver, gold or platinum they contain.
While this site is designed as a knowledge base for modern coins and answers many collector questions not always easily found elsewhere, visitors are encouraged to visit the United States Mint web site directly (http://www.usmint.gov) and often, for a deeper history of its products.
Mint Coin Guide was created by and for collectors. It is not associated in any way with the U.S. Mint or any other government agency.