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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 48, November 26, 2006, Article 13

MINT EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR OLD SAN FRANCISCO MINT COMMEMORATIVE COINS

Via a press release issued November 22nd, Chris Cipoletti,
Executive Director of the American Numismatic Association writes:

"We've just received exciting news from the U.S. Mint. Sales of the
San Francisco Old Mint commemorative coins will be extended two
weeks until Dec. 15, and from Dec. 1-20, dealers may purchase the
coins in bulk at pre-issue prices as well as unpackaged (coin will
come in a capsule) at a discounted rate.

To date, the Mint has sold about one-half of the 500,000 $1 silver
coins and 100,000 of the $5 gold coins that were minted to help
raise funds to renovate the San Francisco Old Mint. We hope to raise
up to $8.5 million for the $86 million project to restore the Granite
Lady. When complete in 2010, the Old Mint will house both the American
Money and Gold Rush Museum and the San Francisco Museum of History.
We expect hundreds of thousands of people will visit this museum
every year and learn more about culture, art, science and history
through the exciting exhibits on display in our West Coast money
museum.

By purchasing one of these commemorative coins, not only will you
get a truly beautiful numismatic item, but you'll also help introduce
the world of money to millions of future numismatists."

[As the press release notes, funds raised by the sale of these
commemoratives help support the re-establishment of a numismatic
museum in the old San Francisco Mint building.  The Granite Lady
didn't survive the 1906 earthquake and fire only to be forgotten a
century later.  Let's all do our part.  I've ordered mine (gold and
silver) - how about you?  To order online, simply visit the U.S.
Mint web site at: usmint.gov. -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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