Parliamentary Yearbook 2008 Blogging A Decade of Rotating skyblock coins Designs

A Decade of Rotating skyblock coins Designs

Are the designs for American skyblock coins too static? Whereas other world mints have often featuring rotating designs on silver and gold bullion coins, the US Mint has used exactly the same designs for the Gold and Silver Eagle for more than 25 years. While this lends consistency, it subdues some of the excitement surrounding each year’s release.

By contrast, the American Platinum Eagle has featured different designs each year for the collector versions of the coins. The first such design was released in 1998, when the vistas of Liberty design series debuted. The iconic American bald eagle was featured in different regions of the United States. Following the completion of this highly successful series, other concepts were attempted.

This has included a three year series providing an overview of the three branches of government. The design issued from 2006 to 2008, including the special 10 year anniversary of the Platinum Eagle.

In 2009, another design series began to feature the core concepts of American democracy. The first such issue marked ten years of rotating reverse designs for the collector versions of the coin. To coincide with this occasion, the US Mint had actually stopped minting the bullion versions. Curiously, the rotating designs had outlasted the static designs. Perhaps a clue to the US Mint’s other bullion coins?

Star Spangled Banner Coins

The latest commemorative coins from the United States Mint are issued to celebrate the centennial of the War of 1812 and specifically the Battle of Baltimore, which formed the basis for the writing of the Star Spangled Banner. This poem was set to music and became the national anthem.

Particularly nice is the Star Spangled Banner Silver Dollar, which carries a stunning depiction of Liberty. While previously depicted on all U.S. coinage, Lady Liberty has taken a less and less prominent role as time has moved on. For this coin she is shown waving the 15-stripe, 15-star American flag with a view of Fort Henry in the background. The reverse provides a bridge to modern times with the depiction of the current American flag.

Also released was a $5 gold coin, with a depiction of a naval battle scene from the War of 1812. This coin is pricier because of its metal content and won’t sell nearly as many as the more accessible silver dollar.

These coins should remain available for sale at the Mint for most of the calendar year, unless there is an unexpected sell out.

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