Thoughts on Future Commemorative Coins

“Thoughts on Future Commemorative Coins” is an opinion piece written by Jack Topping.

[16 November 2015)

I was recently asked, “What is one commemorative coin you’d like to see in your lifetime?” I gave this question some deep thought, and this is what I came up with.

Since I’m from a very historic part of New Jersey, I’d like to see more Revolutionary War commemoratives, more specifically, busts of true patriots on commemorative coins. Since my appreciation for numismatics and early American history goes hand in hand, I have heard many stories of some particular individuals who gave everything they had for the idea of a free United States. For example,  John Honeyman, a New Jersey butcher who became a spy for George Washington, would be a prime candidate for a commemorative coin, especially because of his skilled espionage, and for the information he provided to Gen. Washington that helped win the Battle of Trenton.

He was a true patriot, especially in New Jersey, as he helped the cause against the British tyranny at the time. He risked the charge of Treason against Britain, a charge that swiftly brought death in the eyes of British law.

A bicentennial commemorative of his death in 2022 would be a wonderful addition to the current list of commemoratives issued by the United States Mint, and it would be a gem in any American historian’s collection.

An interesting piece on the CIA website gives an interesting view on why he believes Mr. Honeyman was intentionally left off of General Washington’s official records can be found here.)


Veterans Day in Numismatics

“Veterans Day in Numismatics” is an opinion piece written by Jack Topping.

[5 November 2015]

Veteran’s Day in the United States is recognized on November 11th, the day World War I ended in 1918. Almost 100 years later, the US Mint has produced countless coins, medals, or select exonumia to commemorate not only veterans of the Armed Forces, but their bravery, honor, and sacrifice as well.

According to the US Mint, a “bicentennial 3-inch bronze medal” was minted in 1975 for the Marine Corps birthday on November 10th, and bears the cherished Marine Corps Eagle, Globe and Anchor. I expect big things from the Mint for the Marine Corps 250th birthday in 2025.

The US Mint also commemorates other military branches and groups through the bronze medals. For example, some medals issued include the US Coast Guard, the US Army, the “Women Airforce Service Pilots”, the Navajo Code Talkers, and the Tuskegee Airmen.

In regards to United States currency, there are numerous examples of commemorative coinage, including the “Marine Corps 230th Anniversary” (2005) which features the iconic scene of “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” on the obverse, and the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor on the reverse, or the “Women in Military Service Memorial” (1994) that shows a female member of each military branch on the obverse, and the “Women in Military Service Memorial” on the reverse.

A special commemorative for Veterans Day is the “Vietnam Veterans Memorial” (1994) that features a hand on the wall of names at the memorial in Washington, D.C. on the obverse, and three military medals on the reverse. All three commemorative coins have a face value of $1 USD.

Although each commemorative is worth $1 USD face value, the message of bravery, honor, and sacrifice the coins portray are priceless to every American. Numismatics is amazing not only for preservation of history, but to honor history as well, especially to honor those in the military who gave the ultimate sacrifice for America, for the freedoms every American enjoy today, and for the ability to celebrate history through numismatics. This Veterans Day, I encourage every American to thank a veteran for their service.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

-President John F. Kennedy



“U.S. Marine Corps Bicentennial Bronze Medal 3 Inch.” United States Mint. N.p., n.d. Web. 4 Nov. 2015.

Yeoman, Richard S. “Commemorative Coins.” A Guide Book of United States Coins. 68th ed. N.p.: Whitman, 2015. 321+. Print.

JET Numismatics Launched on October 31st 2015

JET Numismatics is a numismatic blog that provides current numismatic news and other opinion pieces. JET Numismatics is written by Jack Topping, an avid numismatist for almost 10 years, with numismatic knowledge on all US coins, specifically Lincoln Cents (Wheat, Memorial, and Shield).

JET Numismatics was launched on October 31st, 2015.