August 7, 2014 |
IT WAS A MOB SCENE, though a somewhat orderly one, twice yesterday at the U.S. Mint on Independence Mall. Starting at noon, hundreds of people, almost all of them working for private coin dealers, were waiting to go into the gift shop, 10 at a time, to purchase a 50th-anniversary commemorative Kennedy half-dollar made of ".9999 fine, 24-karat gold," according to the Mint. Before they reached the registers, though, each person found two men waiting to pass along a white envelope containing cash or credit cards worth $1,240, the cost of the coin.
March 31, 2014 |
MAYOR NUTTER returned from Rome more optimistic about a papal visit to the City of Brotherly Love than he was before he left - indicating Philadelphia may very well see a visit from Pope Francis for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015. The mayor met with members of the press yesterday afternoon at City Hall to discuss his visit, saying he felt assured he and the Philadelphia delegation had been well-received during their nearly weeklong trip to Vatican City. The local delegation included Nutter's chief of staff Everett Gillison, Gov. Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput.
October 1, 2013 |
Stevie Wonder gave an electrifying performance in New York's Central Park before thousands of fans and several world leaders Saturday, singing hits and calling for an end to poverty at the Global Citizen Festival. After a rousing intro by Bono , he wowed the audiences at the second annual event; last year's featured Neil Young and Crazy Horse , the Foo Fighters, and the Black Keys and drew pledges of $1.3 billion. The festival, which coincides with the U.N. General Assembly, was attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf . Performers included Kings of Leon and Alicia Keys , who said, "I believe if we don't care about each other, who will?
September 6, 2013 |
WHEN 23-YEAR-OLD Wayne Hardin got into coaching in 1950, he did it for one simple reason. And over a career that spanned the next three decades-plus, his motive never changed. "I wanted to help kids," he said. "Every place I went, every time I moved when I was growing up, which was a lot, there was always a coach, always a guy that settled me in, [would] teach me things, let me know what life was all about. I've never forgotten that. "So when I went into the business, I didn't do it to win games, go in the Hall of Fame, get publicity or anything else.
September 5, 2012 |
TRUTH BE told, a lot of the important historic stuff on Independence Mall doesn't exactly fill visitors with wonder and awe. Free Quaker Meeting House, anyone? Don't even get us started on the President's House. Perhaps that's why, amid a collection of sites that can sometimes feel like homework, the U.S. Mint gets so little love. Though Philly can boast the country's first mint, opened in 1792 (back then it was at 7th and Arch), the Mint building looks about as interesting as a suburban office park.
October 15, 2011
U.S. Rep. Bob Brady (D., Pa.), has introduced a bill that would allow the U.S. Mint to design and sell a commemorative coin honoring the cruiser Olympia. Proceeds would go toward efforts to preserve the ship as a museum, Brady's office announced Friday. The Olympia, berthed at Penn's Landing, is a National Historic Landmark. It was the flagship of Commodore George Dewey in his 1898 victory at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. - Inquirer staff
January 30, 2004 |
Coin grading is the reef on which many dreams of wealth founder. The intriguing old coin found in Grandpa's desk turns out to be worth peanuts because it is graded low by dealers. Grading is the single most controversial aspect of collecting because, even after microscopic examination, two specialists can come up with different grading numbers for a coin. Professional grading services, which were born and expanded during the 1990s, have made grading quicker, more standardized, and a little less subjective.
November 23, 2001 |
Queen Elizabeth's 50-year reign is to be celebrated throughout 2002, and the British Royal Mint intends to offer the first salute with a newly designed five-pound crown, available in January. The mint says the coin, struck in cupro-nickel, will first be sold as part of the 2002 proof set, then individually in the uncirculated golden jubilee presentation folder. Gold and silver proof coins will be struck after that. Ian Rank-Broadley won competitions for both obverse and reverse designs.
June 9, 2000 |
The appearance in April of the Library of Congress commemorative coins, for all the organized celebration and media attention, scarcely caused collectors to miss a beat in their pursuit of the new state quarters. While the Mint can barely produce quarters fast enough to satisfy orders, much less circulation demands, its commemorative program has slogged along, rarely meeting sales projections, and sometimes even losing money. The difference lies in the almost universal boosterism stirred by the state quarters, as opposed to the narrowly specific interests behind many of the commemorative coins.
October 13, 1999 |
Millions of gleaming new Connecticut commemorative quarters began pouring into circulation yesterday, exciting a huge new generation of coin collectors and promising a multibillion-dollar bonanza for the U.S. Treasury. Though the U.S. mints in Philadelphia and Denver will churn out 750 million quarters featuring Connecticut's ancient charter oak - that is about three for every man, woman and child in the United States - the public can't seem to get enough of them. "The first five quarters have each been greeted with tremendous excitement from the public," said Philip N. Diehl, the director of the mint, noting that demand for quarters has doubled, from two billion last year to four billion this year.