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NGC slabs first U.S. Marshals Service commemoratives

Early releases of 2015-dated U.S. Marshals Service commemorative coins have been graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.

One of Early Release 2015-S U.S. Marshals Service commemorative proof half dollars graded by NGC.

An Early Release 2015-S U.S. Marshals Service commemorative proof half dollars graded by NGC.

Authorizing legislation for these coins was passed in 2012 and it stated, “The Secretary may issue coins to the public, minted under this Act beginning on or after Jan. 1, 2015, except for a limited number to be issued prior to such date to the Director of the United States Marshals Service and employees of the Service for display and presentation during the 225th Anniversary celebration.”

That anniversary occurred Sept. 24.

Richard A. Peterson, the deputy director of the U.S. Mint, distributed 35 three-coin sets to employees of the service, NGC said.

One of the early release 2015-P U.S. Marshals Service commemorative silver dollars graded by NGC.

An Early Release 2015-P U.S. Marshals Service commemorative silver dollars graded by NGC.

The three-coin sets include a proof 2015-S clad half dollar, a proof 2015-P silver dollar, and a proof 2015-W gold $5.

NGC said it received the three-coin sets from Chief Inspector Scott Sanders and Senior Inspector Oscar Blythe of the U.S. Marshals Service, who had the original idea for the commemoratives. They are both coin collectors.

They were required to purchase the coins from the U.S. Mint. They received the three-coin sets at a ground-breaking ceremony for the U.S. Marshals Museum on Sept. 24 along with a handwritten note from Peterson.

One of the early release 2015-W U.S. Marshals Service $5 gold commemoratives graded by NGC.

An Early Release 2015-W U.S. Marshals Service commemorative $5 gold pieces graded by NGC.

NGC said it has given the coins the pedigree “September 24, 2014 Celebration Ceremony” in recognition of their special limited-edition release.

“The U.S. Mint’s release of 2015-dated coins in 2014 is a particularly significant event for numismatists,” said Richard S. Montgomery, president of NGC.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News.
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