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Ceremony set for Jamestown coin launch

NN0116Jamesa.jpgThe United States Mint will help to  launch the Jamestown 400th Anniversary Commemorative Coins in a public ceremony at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia on Jan. 11, 2007 at 10 a.m. Mint Director Edmund C. Moy will be joined by National Park Service Virginia Director Sandy Rives, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Executive Director Phil Emerson and Jamestown 2007 Executive Director Jeanne Zeidler at the event.

The ceremony will be the first place in the nation where the collectible coins, available in both uncirculated and proof condition, may be purchased in person.  The gold and silver coins can also be ordered from the United States Mint Web site starting at noon (ET) on Jan. 10, 2007.

NN0116Jamesb.jpgIntroductory prices on the coins will be $33 for the uncirculated silver dollar, $35 for the proof silver dollar, $220 for the uncirculated gold $5 and $230 for the proof gold $5.

After Feb. 12, 2007, the prices will be $35 for the uncirculated silver dollar, $39 for the proof silver dollar, $245 for the uncirculated gold $5 and $255 for the proof gold $5.

Maximum mintage for each coin is set at 500,000.

The silver dollar obverse is titled ?Three Faces of Diversity,? representing the three cultures that came together in Jamestown. It was designed by Donna Weaver and engraved by Don Everhart.

NN0116Jamesc.jpgThe reverse features a depiction of three ships that brought the first settlers to Jamestown in 1607. Susan Gamble is the designer and Charles Vickers the engraver.

The $5 gold coin obverse features an image of Captain John Smith greeting an American Indian carrying a bag of corn. It was designed and engraved by John Mercanti.

The reverse feature a current rendering of Jamestown Memorial Church, the only original remaining structure in Jamestown. The reverse was designed by Susan Gamble and engraved by Norm Nemeth.

NN0116Jamesd.jpgAccording to the Mint, surcharges from the sale of the commemorative coins will help promote understanding, continue the preservation and improve the infrastructure of Jamestown.  

For more information on the Jamestown commemorative coins, visit the Mint Web site at www.usmint.gov.

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