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October 2006 Highlights
1. 2006 Holiday Catalog Released
2006 Holiday Catalog Released

The United States Mint's annual catalog – the 2006 Holiday Collection – doesn't just celebrate history with the American Buffalo Gold Proof Coin, two of the American Eagle 20th Anniversary Coin Sets and the San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative Coins, it makes history with the introduction of American Eagle Uncirculated Coins in silver, gold and platinum.

The United States Mint 2006 Holiday Collection features the coins of the San Francisco Old Mint Commemorative Coin Program , including a $5 gold proof and uncirculated coin, as well as a proof and uncirculated silver dollar. Also available for the first time in this catalog are the 2006 South Dakota Official First Day Coin Cover , the 2006 Westward Journey Nickel Series™ Coin Set , and the 2006 50 State Quarters® Greetings From America series .

2. Presidential $1 Coins Coming Soon
Presidential $1 Coins Coming Soon

The United States is honoring our Nation’s Presidents by issuing $1 circulating coins featuring their images in the order that they served, beginning with Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison in 2007. The United States Mint will strike and issue four Presidential $1 Coins per year, and each will have a reverse design featuring a striking rendition of the Statue of Liberty.

The Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-145) seeks to revitalize the design of United States coins and return circulating coinage to its position as an object of aesthetic beauty in its own right. Accordingly, the new Presidential $1 Coins will feature larger, more dramatic artwork, as well as edge incused inscriptions of the year of minting or issuance, "E Pluribus Unum," "In God We Trust" and the mint mark.

For regular updates regarding this new coin series, you can subscribe to the Presidential $1 Coin Newsletter . And don't forget to check back at around November 20, when the first four coin designs will be unveiled.

3. Individual American Eagle Uncirculated Coins Offered for Sale
 Individual American Eagle Uncirculated Coins Offered for Sale

Struck on specially burnished blanks, the American Eagle Uncirculated Coins feature a finish similar to their bullion counterparts, but carry the "W" mint mark reflecting their striking at the United States Mint at West Point. Each coin is encapsulated in plastic and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

The American Eagle Gold and Silver Uncirculated Coins bear the same designs as their bullion and proof counterparts. The American Eagle Platinum Uncirculated Coin features the same obverse design as the platinum proof and bullion coins, but its reverse displays the design featured on the reverse of the 2006 American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin – a design honoring the Legislative Branch of our national government.

4. 2007 Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program
2007 Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Program.

In the spring of 1607, three ships carrying 108 settlers — the Virginia Company of London — made landfall in the New World. The Virginia Company was charged with establishing an English settlement in North America, and its employees were the first permanent English settlers in what would eventually become the United States. Four hundred years later, the United States is honoring the founding of Jamestown with the 2007 Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coins — a silver dollar and a $5 gold coin — available in both proof and uncirculated conditions. Authorized by Public Law 108-289, the commemorative coins are limited to maximum mintages across all product options of 500,000 for the silver dollar and 100,000 for the $5 gold coin. Both coins may be issued only during the one-year period beginning January 1, 2007.

5. Research, Anyone?
Bill the Mint Buffalo over a picture of books, glossaries, and websites. Library Search.

Looking for a picture of an historic coin? How about a picture of a more recent coin? Maybe information about a person connected with the history of the United States Mint? You might find what you’re looking for in the Teachers’ Library . Bill the Mint Buffalo has been tidying up lately, and has added the nickels from the Westward Journey Nickel SeriesTM and the quarters from the 50 State Quarters® Program to the resources. The search function cross-links to other items, and features have also been added to put more results at your fingertips. If you've been there before, it's time for another look!

6. October’s Coin of the Month
October’s Coin of the Month.

On the front of this coin: two Presidents (though one was Secretary of State at the time). On the back: two women posed in the shape of North and South America. The occasion: the anniversary of a milestone in American foreign policy. Flip the Mint Seal presents this most unusual commemorative coin as October’s Coin of the Month .

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2006 Holiday Collection Presidential $1 Coins American Eagle Uncirculated Coins Jamestown 400th Anniversary Coins New Teachers' Library October's Coin of the Month