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Commems Collection: Question & Answer - Introduction & Question List

 
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 Posted 07/15/2022  09:08 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Over the years, quite a number of good questions have been asked here on CCF about the US commemorative coin programs (classic and modern) as a whole and about individual coins within each of them. When I could, I did my best to be one of the folks who provided a reliable, fact-based reply.

Many such Q&A exchanges are now buried in long-forgotten threads, so I thought I'd resurrect a few that have good general applicability and are still relevant today. I plan on posting the questions (and answers) separately under the title "Question & Answer #XX." Note: I'm resurrecting only my responses as the others, when available, are not my property. So, if you disagree with a response, your "quarrel" is with me!

I'd like to solicit new history-focused questions as well. If you have a US commemorative coin-related question (other than "What's the grade?" or "How much is it worth?") - post it here in this thread and I'll provide a response as soon as I can - no guaranteed timelines! There are plenty of folks here on CCF who regularly provide feedback on grade and/or market value, so I don't want to misdirect such questions. We can use this thread as a running "Q" list, with the "A" for each posted as an individual topic to make it easier to search for/find in the future.

I'm kicking off the Q&A Series with a few questions from 2012. I've rephrased each of them slightly to make them a bit more focused and fit this Q&A format, but have not altered the core query of the original.

Here are links to the first three:

- Question & Answer #01 - Starting Point of US Commemorative Coins?
- Question & Answer #02 - Minting of US Commemorative Coins?
- Question & Answer #03 - Regional Nature of US Commemorative Coins?



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 Posted 07/15/2022  09:21 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A fantastic idea! I look forward to seeing these ongoing topics.
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 Posted 07/15/2022  09:23 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great idea indeed.
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 Posted 07/15/2022  10:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great idea commems - I'm excited to read what you come up with.
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 Posted 07/15/2022  1:02 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cointagous to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Can you talk about the official mintage vs net mintage and what likely happened to unsold pieces? Also which commems had proofs struck and how did that come about?
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 Posted 07/16/2022  7:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
contagious asked:

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Can you talk about the official mintage vs net mintage and what likely happened to unsold pieces? Also which commems had proofs struck and how did that come about?

A two-parter - First up, mintage figure terminology and unsold coins:

= Question & Answer #04 - Mintage Terminology/Unsold Coins


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 Posted 07/16/2022  7:46 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks commems. Your commemorative knowledge knows no equal.
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 Posted 07/16/2022  10:03 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
@All: Thanks for the kind words and words of encouragement!





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 Posted 07/22/2022  07:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Back in July 2012, SDcoinguy asked:


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Why were there so many bills regarding the minting of commemorative half dollars introduced? Did the Government just have more dispensable income?


Revisiting the original response (with a few updates):

= Commems Collection: Question & Answer #05 - So Many Commemorative Coins in 1930s?



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 Posted 07/25/2022  07:09 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Back in February 2012, andreus7422 asked:


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How do I start collecting US commemorative coins?


Here are the thoughts I shared at the time - I believe they remain useful:

= Commems Collection: Question & Answer #06 - How Do I Start?


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 Posted 08/13/2022  09:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Can you talk about the official mintage vs net mintage and what likely happened to unsold pieces? Also which commems had proofs struck and how did that come about?

Finishing up the two-part question presented by contagious:

Here are a few thoughts on proof coins within the classic US commemorative series:

- Question & Answer #07 - Classic Era Proof Strikes



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 Posted 08/18/2022  07:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Back in February 2011, Coin Chaser asked:

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Are Old Commemoratives Effected By Price Gold Silver?


I wasn't a CCF member yet, so this reply is my first take on it:

- Question & Answer #09 - Impact of Spot Prices



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 Posted 08/30/2022  07:56 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Back in January 2016, one_fine_dime asked:

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Does anyone know how we could mobilize the numismatic community and get them to start issuing silver 50 commems again!?


My updated response:

- Question & Answer #10 - Clad Half Dollars






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 Posted 08/30/2022  11:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Winesteven to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This thread has such tremendous value! Those that miss it don't know what they're missing!

Thank you "Professor".

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 Posted 08/31/2022  12:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ChicagoCoinGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here's my question: I vaguely recall a pretty significant advertising blitz for the statue of liberty coins in the 1980s. I was just a kid then, but I was given a couple as gifts by people who wouldn't typically give coins as gifts. So therefore I am assuming that the masses really got into this set and purchased them.

Can you tell me if I am right, was this a popular set with the public? I guess I'm also asking for the history of the set and was there anything done with the sales profit to go toward the renovation of the statue?

I also seem to recall a campaign to have kids send in copper pennies to help with the renovation. I'm curious if that really was an impactful event.

Thanks!!!!
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