2016 saw the end of the Presidential Dollar Coins that had been out since 2007. Also, we celebrated the centennial of three coins in gold, the Mercury Dime, the Standing Liberty Quarter and the Walking Liberty Half Dollar.
So, what do we as collectors have to look forward to in 2017?
America the Beautiful Quarters
Five new designs for the National Park
collection will be included on the Washington Quarter this year:
- Effigy Mounds National Monument in Iowa
- Frederick Douglass National Historical Site in the District of Columbia
- Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri
- Ellis Island National Monument (Statue of Liberty) in New Jersey
- George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Indiana
This year, the reverse of the dollar was have the image of Sequoyah, a Cherokee silversmith who would create the Cherokee Syllabary in the early 19th century. Some of the symbols look similar to different languages including Latin and Greek, but sound different. On the coin, it looks like he is writing “Sequoyah from Cherokee Nation” in Cherokee syllabary.
Lions Club International Commemoratives
Lions Club International will celebrate its centennial on June 7, 2017. The US Mint will release uncirculated and proof silver dollars to commemorate this celebration. The uncirculated and proof dollars will be limited to 400,000.
The obverse of the coin will display the founder of Lions Club International, Melvin Jones, and the logo. The reverse displays a male and female lion with their lion cub on a globe background.
Boys Town Commemoratives
Three coins will be released starting in March for the Boys Town Centennial: Clad Half Dollar, Silver Dollar, and Gold $5. For more information on these coins, click here.
US Mint’s 225th Anniversary
The US Mint began in 1792 in Philadelphia. As the country grew, branches would be added in different parts of the country in Charlotte, NC (1838-1861), Dahlonega, GA (1838-1861), New Orleans, LA (1838-1861, 1879-1909), San Francisco, CA (1854-present), Carson City, NV (1870-1893), Denver, CO (1906-present) and West Point, NY (1988-present).
To commemorate the anniversary, the mint will release the American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin. Liberty will displayed on the obverse as an African American woman wearing a crown of stars. The reverse will be the American Eagle with “100 Dollars” and “1 OZ. .9999 FINE GOLD”. On the edge will be “225TH ANNIVERSARY” with a star on each side. As well as commemorating the 225th anniversary of the mint, the coin will be the first in a series of diverse obverses. Future coins will depict Liberty as Asian-American, Hispanic-American and Indian-American. I don’t think it has been determined when the first coin will be released. According to the US Mint, there may be an announcement in April.
According to my friend Bob, the Philadelphia mint will be quietly adding a “P” mint mark to the Lincoln Cent for the anniversary. This will be the first time a “P” mint mark would be displayed on a US penny. It will be the only year we’ll see this as the mint mark will not be included in 2018. Have you seen one yet?
So, Keep Looking at your Change…
at least for the 2017-P cent. Who knows if we’ll ever see a “P” mint mark on a penny again.
This gives you an idea of what to expect this year. Will you get any of these coins?