Washington – Enrich your holiday season with collectible platinum and gold coins from the United States Mint 2008 Gift Catalog, scheduled for release on October 27, 2008. The catalog includes a sneak preview of one of the most eagerly anticipated United States Mint products in recent years – the 2009 Ultra High Relief Double Eagle Gold Coin. This next gem in the United States Mint’s treasure chest, which will be offered for sale beginning in January 2009, is a re-creation of celebrated sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ original 1907 design.

“Our gift catalog showcases the exceptional artistry of genuine United States Mint coinage,” said United States Mint Director Ed Moy. “The featured products are well crafted and make exceptional gifts. We encourage customers to place their orders early.”

Send a wish for prosperity this holiday season with the American Buffalo 2008 Celebration CoinTM, a one ounce of 24-karat gold bullion coin, or the luxuriously packaged 8-8-08 Double Prosperity Set, which contains one 24-karat American Buffalo one-half ounce gold uncirculated coin and one 22-karat American Eagle one-half ounce gold uncirculated coin.

For the history buffs on your list, the catalog offers proof and uncirculated 24-karat 2008 First Spouse Gold Coins bearing the portraits of Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Adams and Andrew Jackson’s Liberty. Martin Van Buren’s Liberty First Spouse Gold Coin will be available in November.

Proof and uncirculated versions of American Eagle platinum and gold coins are also showcased in the 2008 United States Mint Gift Catalog. These collectible coins are available in one ounce, one-half ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce, as well as in a four-coin set containing one coin in each size.

Or consider one of the 2008 Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins. Available options include proof and uncirculated versions of a gold coin with a denomination of $5, a silver dollar coin and a half-dollar clad coin. A Coin and Medal Set that includes an uncirculated Bald Eagle Silver Dollar and a bronze Bald Eagle Medal from the National Wildlife Refuge System Centennial Medal Series is also available. The Bald Eagle Proof Silver Dollar Coin is part of the annual United States Mint American Legacy Collection® that also includes the 14 coins of the 2008 United States Mint Proof Set®.

In addition to the final coins in the 50 State Quarters® Program honoring Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska and Hawaii, the 2008 Gift Catalog includes Presidential $1 Coin products honoring James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.

Annual sets and special products featured in the 2008 United States Mint Gift Catalog include:
-American Buffalo 2008 Celebration Coin
-United States Mint American Legacy Collection
-8-8-08 Double Prosperity Set
-2008 American Bald Eagle Commemorative Coins – proof and uncirculated $5 gold, silver dollar coin and half-dollar clad coin
-2008 American Buffalo gold proof and uncirculated coins – 1/10-ounce, 1/4-ounce, 1/2-ounce, and one ounce weights and four-coin set
-2008 American Eagle gold proof and uncirculated coins – 1/10-ounce, 1/4-ounce, 1/2-ounce and one ounce weights and four-coin set
-2008 American Eagle platinum proof and uncirculated coins – 1/10-ounce, 1/4-ounce, 1/2-ounce, and one ounce weights and the four-coin set
-2008 First Spouse Gold Coins – Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Adams, Andrew Jackson’s Liberty and Martin Van Buren’s Liberty (available in November)
-2008 United States Mint Proof Set
-2008 United States Mint Silver Proof SetTM
-2008 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Set®
-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters Proof SetTM
-2008 United States Mint 50 State Quarters Silver Proof SetTM
-2008 50 State Quarters First Day Coin Cover – Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Hawaii
-50 State Quarters Greetings From America Portfolios and Card Sets
-50 State Quarters Coin and Die Sets
-2008 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Proof SetTM
-2008 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin-Individual Proof CoinsTM – James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren
-2008 United States Mint Annual Uncirculated Dollar Coin SetTM
-2008 Presidential $1 Coin Uncirculated SetTM (Philadelphia and Denver mint marks)
-2008 Presidential $1 Coin Presentation FolderTM
-2008 United States Mint Official American Presidency $1 Coin Cover Series
-2008 United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin and First Spouse Medal SetTM
-United States Mint Presidential $1 Coin Historical Signature SetsTM
-Assorted Bronze Medals – Elizabeth Monroe, Louisa Adams, Andrew Jackson’s Liberty, Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, Tuskegee Airmen, Dr. Norman Borlaug, Dalai Lama and the 2008 First Spouse Bronze Medal Series-Four Medal Set

The United States Mint guarantees delivery of any in-stock item anywhere in the United States by December 25, 2008, on orders received before Dec. 8, 2008, for standard delivery, and before Dec. 15, 2008, for express delivery.

To order these genuine United States Mint products, visit www.usmint.gov or call 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may call 1-888-321-MINT (6468). To order by mail, complete the order form enclosed in the mailing and return to United States Mint, P.O. Box 71186, Philadelphia, PA 19176-6186.

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Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)