The U.S. Mint's three Columbus commemoratives have been selling briskly since being placed on the market in August. Columbus celebrations taking place this month, the 500th anniversary of the explorer's discovery of the New World, have further encouraged sales.
Congress and the mint's administrators have been watching coin sales to determine patterns and weaknesses. Recent coin programs have suggested that proof coins sell much better than uncirculated coins, and that sets are more popular than single coins.
MARSHALL ISLANDS. Among the nations producing coins for the Columbian anniversary, the Marshall Islands has struck two silver and one brass coin in a set. The design of each reverse links Columbus' voyages with space discovery, and with the travels of islanders who navigated the Pacific.