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Offline kena

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #90 on: March 26, 2018, 07:49:57 PM »
The US Mint does not use such words, the term was created by the grading companies.

https://www.apmex.com/education/investing/first-strike-label-and-early-release

DEFINING FIRST STRIKE AND EARLY RELEASE COINS
Among mints, there is no industry-wide standard for First Strike or Early Release coins. However, the Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), both leaders in third-party certification, define First Strike and Early Release coins as those received by the grading service in the first 30 days of release from the mint. Collectors and dealers pay a per-coin fee to gain special certification and packaging for coins under the PCGS First Strike and NGC Early Releases programs. Cutoff dates for coin certification are listed publicly and are generally verified using packaging postmarks. While PCGS focuses primarily on coins produced by the U.S. Mint, NGC certifies Early Release coins from mints spanning the globe.

Collectors should be aware the manufacturing mint, including the U.S. Mint, does not apply the First Strike label or Early Release designation to any of its products. The U.S. Mint also does not track the order in which coins are produced and does not number its products.

According to the U.S. Mint, strict quality controls ensure each coin in a series is equally valuable and created using the highest quality dies. The mint also states its manufacturing facilities replace die sets multiple times during production so a collector is unlikely to pinpoint exactly which coins were produced first from a new die set.

While the U.S. Mint does not recognize any differences between First Strike coins and any other coin minted during a production run, some collectors value the distinction of owning the most freshly minted coins. In rare cases, these coins may have been produced before a design mistake was corrected or other change was made. Small distinctions between coins add interest and enjoyment for many collectors. Official certification packaging on a coin may also raise a coinís resale value and premium over time.

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #91 on: April 16, 2018, 04:56:21 PM »
The Royal Mint has refused to provide me the names of the designers of the alphabet 10p coins. The mint has said there is "no pressing social need" for the names to be published.
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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #92 on: April 16, 2018, 09:00:48 PM »
There is no pressing legal need for them not to be published, either. Previously the Royal Mint has been happy to publish the names of designers of UK coins.

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #93 on: April 16, 2018, 09:05:05 PM »


I'm also disappointed that the Royal Mint has published images such as these. The coins look totally non-realistic. Anyway, I've just looked in the mirror, and my face looks exactly like a cartoon. Who is doing this? First coins, now humans. Does anybody else think we're in the Matrix?

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #94 on: April 17, 2018, 01:04:16 PM »
There is no pressing legal need for them not to be published, either. Previously the Royal Mint has been happy to publish the names of designers of UK coins.

Unless they promised anonymity during the selection process, I guess. To be honest I'm scratching my head as to why an artist would actively want to remain anonymous rather than promote his/her work and take advantage of the publicity of a nationally significant commission. But if there is such a person, and they have participated on the understanding that the designers would remain anonymous, then there could be a legal hindrance to publicising them.

But broadly I agree with <k>, it is strange and an unwelcome development.

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #95 on: April 17, 2018, 03:20:05 PM »
But then again, who would want to be known for producing a coin design of a fried breakfast?  Itís the numismatic equivalent of taking a photo of your meal and posting it on Facebook.  :D

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #96 on: April 18, 2018, 05:16:34 PM »
An acquiantance pointed out the wording on their website on the page of the Silver Proof ones: "Made in the UK and certified by The Royal Mint". Does this leave an option (some of) these were minted at Pobjoy, Tower or Commonwealth Mint?

To answer this question myself: All coins were produced at the Royal Mint.

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« Reply #97 on: April 18, 2018, 05:23:19 PM »
I have been seeing many people finding these in change, indeed a nice job by RM! :)

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« Reply #98 on: October 09, 2018, 11:03:25 AM »
Royal Mint has put into circulation another batch of 2.6 million 10p coins of the Alphabet series.

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #99 on: October 10, 2018, 02:03:50 AM »
They squeezed the money out of those people who were worried they'd not get these coins now. Time to start pumping them into circulation.

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #100 on: October 11, 2018, 01:47:27 PM »
The post office employees have been warned this time:


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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #101 on: October 11, 2018, 03:51:51 PM »
Well, if they produce enough coins there wouldn't be an issue because these people wouldn't actually care.

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #102 on: October 11, 2018, 07:54:39 PM »
Well, if they produce enough coins there wouldn't be an issue because these people wouldn't actually care.

Exactly!

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Re: Alphabet series
« Reply #103 on: November 04, 2018, 07:21:42 PM »
The designs on the J and Z coins were made by Bradley Morgan Johnson.