08/08/08 Double Prosperity Set
The second special numismatic product in the
United States Mint Celebration Series will be
available for purchase beginning noon Eastern
Time on August 1, 2008. The 8-8-08 Double
Prosperity Set, priced at $1298.95, features one
24-karat American Buffalo One-Half Ounce Gold
Uncirculated Coin and one 22-karat American
Eagle One-Half Ounce Gold Uncirculated Coin.
The United States Mint Celebration Series,
launched in February 2008, is a new initiative
to explore the feasibility of introducing
various numismatic coin products that are
packaged and positioned to celebrate special
gift-giving occasions and celebratory events.
The number “8″ is traditionally associated with
prosperity in Asian cultures. The triple “8″
date is highly significant as it occurs only
once every 100 years.
The American Buffalo One-Half Ounce Gold
Uncirculated Coin is one of the newly released
fractional weight options in the expanded
American Buffalo Coin Program. The coin bears
the classic portrait of a Native American in
profile on the obverse and the magnificent
American Buffalo, or bison, on the reverse.
Noted American sculptor James Earle Fraser, a
student of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, originally
prepared both images for the redesigned
five-cent coin (nickel) released in 1913.
The American Eagle One-Half Ounce Gold
Uncirculated Coin displays Augustus Saint-Gaudens’
enduring full-length figure of Liberty with
flowing hair, holding a torch in her right hand
and an olive branch in her left. The coin’s
reverse, by Miley Busiek, bears the endearing
image of a male eagle clutching an olive branch
while soaring above a nest containing a female
eagle and her hatchlings.
Both coins in the 8-8-08 Double Prosperity Set
are legal tender with a nominal face value
designation of $25. But their gold metal content
and artistry make them worth far more.
Inscriptions on the coins include the “W” mint
mark for the United States Mint at West Point,
the date, the fineness and the weight. The coins
are packaged in an attractive hardwood box with
a Certificate of Authenticity signed by United
States Mint Director Ed Moy.
Customers may order the 8-8-08 Double Prosperity
Set at the United States Mint’s secure Web site
at www.usmint.gov. Orders also may be placed at
the toll-free number, 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).
Please add $4.95 shipping and handling fee to
all domestic orders. There is no set product
limit for the 8-8-08 Double Prosperity Set.
Note: To ensure that all members of the public
have fair and equal access to United States Mint
products, any order placed prior to the official
on-sale date and time (August 1, 2008, at 12:00
noon ET) shall not be deemed accepted by the
United States Mint and will not be honored.
Contact: Press inquiries: Michael White (202)
Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT