US Mint Gold Commemorative Coins
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The United States Congress is responsible for authorizing commemorative coins. These can be designed in order to celebrate and honor American people, places, events, institutions, or cultural facts. The institution responsible for the production of such coins is the US Mint. Arguably one of the most successful national mints in the world. They produce all circulating coins for the country, bullion coins for investment, and commemorative coins for its numismatic program.
Collectors all around the country and the world are constantly awestruck by the different programs and designs launched by the US Mint. The quality of their products and their innovative artistic programs are well established among collectors and investors alike. Those factors combined make US Mint products a go-to choice.
Part of the revenue from the commemorative coins program goes to funding projects and initiatives that serve the community. One example being the 2021 National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum Commemorative coin program. Surcharges from these coins go to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Inc. The money goes to educational and outreach programs and exhibits.
The US Mint first released a commemorative coin back in 1892 when Congress authorized the production of the World’s Columbian Exposition Half Dollar. That was the beginning of a series of other coins that served to honor and pay respect to renowned Americans, places, and events. This classic commemorative coin program reached an end around the 1950s. Congress felt the program was overused for local honors, rather than national-scale only, and decided to shut it down.
In 1982 the program was re-established with the approval of the George Washington 250th Anniversary commemorative coin. Since then, the US Mint releases new programs and designs every year. They have raised over $500 million. That money helped fund and maintain new museums, monuments, and historical sites, in addition, to support institutions that help preserve the American fauna and flora and the American Olympic program. To name a few, the US Mint has helped maintain George Washington’s Home, the American Eagle Foundation of Tennessee, and the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation.
The gold commemorative coins enlisted above contain limited mintage. They are a celebration of American history and culture. They could be a sensible way to invest in physical gold bullion coins while at the same time owning a piece of American rich backstory.
Commemorative Gold Coin vs Gold Medal
The US Mint has a range of commemorative gold coin programs and gold medal programs. They might look the same, but they have a distinct legal difference: commemorative gold coins are legal tender, gold medals are not. As legal tender, coins have a face value. Nevertheless, their bullion content and their numismatic value are worth much more than their face value, so they are not suitable for circulation.
Some of the most notable gold commemorative coins include:
- Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin Program - Approved by Congress in 2016 and released by the US Mint in 2018, this heartwarming program includes a $5 Dollar gold coin with a pink hue, the first of its kind in the US. Surcharges from this program go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in New York. The obverse portrays two women. The older one with both her hands on her chest, while the younger has one hand raised in a fist, as she is ready to fight. A scarf and a butterfly are visible near their heads. The reverse contains a flying Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, a symbol of hope.
- American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin - 2017 marked the 225th anniversary of the US Mint. To celebrate, they released this 1 troy ounce gold medal containing 99.99% pure gold (24-karat gold). This is the first high relief medal produced by the US Mint. In addition, Lady Liberty's depiction on the obverse is of an African American woman. That is the first time She appears as such in an American coin. She is wearing a crown of stars with the word “LIBERTY” inscribed on top. The dual dates 1792 and 2017 are on the sides of the bust. They represent the 225 years of US Mint history. Below the bust, along the outline, is the American motto “IN GOD WE TRUST”. The reverse depicts a bald eagle waving its wings in flight. Above it are the words “United States of America” and the de facto motto “E PLURIBUS UNUM”. The weight and purity of the coin are next to the eagle’s right-wing in motion. The mint mark and the 100 dollar face value are on the lower face of the reverse as well.
SD Bullion also offers an option of random design gold medals. That is a good option for those who are just starting their collection, or those who have no interest in a particular design.
Bullion vs Numismatic Products
The US Mint is one among many other national and private mints around the globe that produces gold bullion for investment and collection. One of the most recognized gold bullion coins is the American Gold Eagle. Besides gold coins, investors might consider purchasing gold bars as well. They tend to carry lower premiums over the spot price of gold.
Experts suggest that investing in physical precious metals can be a sensible way to protect one’s wealth against inflation and fiat currency devaluation.
On the other hand, numismatic products, such as the commemorative coins listed above, could constitute an interesting collectible item for those interested in becoming numismatists. But when we take into account the fact that these specific commemorative coins are pure gold with 99.9% fineness or above, their appeal to investors is noteworthy as well.
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