WASHINGTON (PRWEB) November 16, 2020
The United States Mint will accept orders for products in the United States Mint Mayflower 400th Anniversary Program beginning on November 17 at 9:00 a.m. EST. This program recognizes the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, which departed England in September 1620 and, after a tumultuous two-month journey, reached the shores of Cape Cod, in present day Massachusetts that November. The program also highlights the close collaboration between the United States Mint and The Royal Mint (UK) to produce two unique joint sets that reflect the importance of the Mayflower voyage’s milestone anniversary to both countries.
- 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage Silver Proof Coin and Medal Set (20XB)
- This joint set contains a one-ounce silver proof medal from the United States Mint and a one-ounce silver proof coin from The Royal Mint. The obverse (heads) and reverse (tails) of the silver medal and the reverse of the silver proof coin feature similarly styled designs, all by United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) designer Chris Costello.
- 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage Two-Coin Gold Proof Set (20XA)
- A joint set from the United States Mint and The Royal Mint containing one-quarter ounce 24-karat gold proof coins from each Mint. Like the silver medal and coin, the obverse and reverse of the United States Mint gold coin and the reverse of The Royal Mint gold coin feature similarly styled designs by Chris Costello.
- Mayflower 400th Anniversary Gold Reverse Proof Coin (20XC)
- The reverse proof finish one-quarter ounce 24-karat gold coin is from the United States Mint and will be offered individually.
- Mayflower 400th Anniversary Silver Reverse Proof Medal (20XD)
- The reverse proof finish silver medal is from the United States Mint and will be offered individually.
Designs–United States Mint Products
The obverse depicts a Wampanoag family watching from the border of the design as the Mayflower arrives from foreign shores. A young boy steps on the border, representing the intersection of the Wampanoag people in their Patuxet homeland and the Mayflower passengers. Inscriptions are “E PLURIBUS UNUM,” “PATUXET,” and “$10.” Engraver: United States Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill.
The reverse (tails) design depicts portraits of a Pilgrim man and woman, representing the beginnings of a transition from monarchy to democracy. The dual portraits symbolize a democratic organization, with their resolute expressions focused on a self-determined future. A pair of mayflower blossoms flank the design. Inscriptions are “1620,” “PLYMOUTH,” “2020,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” “AU 24K 1/4 OZ.,” and “UNITED STATES of AMERICA.” Engraver: United States Mint Medallic Artist Joseph Menna.
The obverse depicts a Mayflower family bracing against the cold and windy weather, foreshadowing their coming hardships, while the ship is anchored in the harbor. A pair of mayflower blossoms flank the design. Inscriptions are “A CIVIL BODY POLITICK,” “1620-2020,” and “MAYFLOWER COMPACT.” Engraver: United States Mint Medallic Artist Renata Gordon.
The reverse depicts a Wampanoag man and woman employing a planting technique used to grow several crops that were staples for the Wampanoag people. This method helped keep the soil healthy, maintaining the resources for annual plantings and successful harvests. The inscription “SUSTAINERS OF LIFE” recalls not only this sustainable planting technique, but also the critical skills the Wampanoag people afforded the Pilgrims by teaching them how to successfully plant and harvest the land. The additional inscription is “PEOPLE OF THE DAWN.” Engraver: United States Mint Medallic Artist Michael Gaudioso.
Designs–The Royal Mint
The obverses of the gold and silver coins feature the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Jody Clark, which has appeared on UK coins since its introduction in 2015.
The gold and silver coins reverses feature Chris Costello’s dynamic design depicting the Mayflower almost bursting out of the frame as it sails through the rough seas. This dramatic interpretation of the ship on its journey to the New World represents the unwavering determination of the passengers and crew. The design includes the inscriptions “1620,” “2020,” and “MAYFLOWER” in commemoration of the 400th anniversary.
The coins and medals in the joint sets are encapsulated and enclosed in cadet blue presentation cases. “1620,” a mayflower blossom, and “2020” appear on the inside lid of the presentation cases, which are secured in outer packaging of similar color. An outer sleeve decorated with the U.S. and U.K. flags, United States Mint seal, The Royal Mint logo, and product names complement the packaging. The accompanying Certificate of Authenticity includes a brief story of the Mayflower departure and arrival, information about the collaborative sets, and the signatures of both the Director of the United States Mint and the Deputy Master Chief Executive of The Royal Mint. Each Certificate of Authenticity is individually numbered and with the United States Mint product, limits are noted.
The individual coin and medal product options are also encapsulated and enclosed in cadet blue presentation cases. Imagery of the Mayflower, which appears on each respective gold coin or silver medal, appears on the inside lid of the presentation case, which is secured in outer packaging of similar color. An outer sleeve with the product name in silver or gold foil complements the packaging. A Certificate of Authenticity with a brief story of the Mayflower’s arrival at Plymouth and the signature of the Director of the United States Mint accompanies the set.
Pricing and Mintage
- Product Code: 20XA, Product Option: Two-Coin Gold Proof Set, Price: TBD, Product/Mintage Limit: 4,850/5,350
- Product Code: 20XB, Product Option: Silver Proof Coin and Medal Set, Price: $150.00, Product/Mintage Limit: 9,200/14,200
- Product Code: 20XC, Product Option: Gold Reverse Proof Coin, Price: TBD, Product/Mintage Limit: 5,000
- Product Code: 20XD, Product Option: Silver Reverse Proof Medal, Price: $76.00, Product/Mintage Limit: 20,000
Product options 20XA and 20XC will be priced according to the range in which they appear on the United States Mint “Pricing of Numismatic Gold, Commemorative Gold, Platinum, and Palladium Products” table here. The table will be updated and posted prior to product launch.
The Royal Mint will offer 500 joint gold sets and 5,000 joint silver sets in different colored packaging, which will be available for sale to their customers and distributors. The mintage numbers for the joint sets represent combined numbers for sets offered by each mint. Prices of the Royal Mint sets will vary based on their respective markets.
The United States Mint will accept online orders only at the website listed below. https://catalog.usmint.gov/mayflower-400-anniversary-coin/
Orders for each product option will be limited to one per household for the first 24 hours of sales. To sign up for Remind Me alerts, visit:
- https://catalog.usmint.gov/400th-anniversary-of-the-mayflower-voyage-two-coin-gold-proof-set-20XA.html (20XA)
- https://catalog.usmint.gov/400th-anniversary-of-the-mayflower-voyage-silver-proof-coin-and-medal-set-20XB.html (20XB)
- https://catalog.usmint.gov/mayflower-400th-anniversary-gold-reverse-proof-coin-20XC.html (20XC)
- https://catalog.usmint.gov/mayflower-400th-anniversary-silver-reverse-proof-medal-20XD.html (20XD)
For more information about this program and all products, visit: https://catalog.usmint.gov
To reduce the risk of employee exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, the United States Mint’s sales centers are closed until further notice. Additionally, due to operational adjustments in response to COVID-19, our customer service representatives are available to assist with any questions you may have, but are unable to accept credit card information or place your order over the phone. Please use our website for all order placements at this time.
About the United States Mint
Congress created the United States Mint in 1792, and the Mint became part of the Department of the Treasury in 1873. As the Nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage, the Mint is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces numismatic products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; silver and bronze medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. Its numismatic programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to taxpayers.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date of November 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EST.
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