ModernCoinMart (MCM) has a selection of PCGS and NGC certified coins with John Mercanti signed coin labels available for sale. What is the significance of these hand-signed labels? How do collectors stand to benefit from these?
The collecting of autographs - signed photographs, documents, books, letters, manuscripts, and notes - is nothing new. For quite some time, collecting autographs has been a satisfying pastime for many, especially in a world that is increasingly leaning towards electronic communication.
The satisfaction of holding a piece of history in hand, quite literally, is part of what makes the collecting of autographs so rewarding. The same could be set in terms of the collecting of coins – pieces of history – of which coin collectors are ultimately the preservers and curators.
The mentioned pastimes have merged, to some extent, into autographed coin labels, leaving a rather powerful combination that is welcomed by many collectors.
Adding further attractiveness of autographed coin labels, or more formally – autographed coin certification labels - is that both coins and autographs are preserved in a mutually beneficial manner. E.g. the autograph or signature on a coin label doesn’t alter the physical appearance of the associated coin or interfere with the grade and/or condition of the coin (and vice versa).
Both have standalone value but offers additional value when combined in a non-intrusive physical manner. This is especially true when a label is hand-signed by a person with a solid connection to the associated coin. When a coin label is hand-signed by the designer of the coin in question, a more solid connection exists. The market tends to pay a premium for this, although it is not always the case.
In a huge step forward, the famous creator of the heraldic eagle reverse design of the American Silver Eagle bullion coin - American sculptor and engraver John M. Mercanti – signed exclusive label deals with both NGC and PCGS. First with PCGS and recently with NGC – both highly respected and reputable third party coin grading services.
The now retired Mercanti - known in numismatic circles as the 12th Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint - committed himself to individually hand sign coin certification labels. This happened to the delight of a multitude of collectors, both locally and abroad. Not surprisingly, considering that Mercanti is deemed the most notable U.S. coin engraver of our time – no other employee in the history of the U.S. Mint produced as many coin and medal designs as he did.
Even better, Mercanti was commissioned to create the reverse design of the first-ever Australian silver eagle dollar - the 2014 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle coin. This silver eagle dollar, the first issued in the Perth Mint’s young and exciting Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle Series, was relatively well received in the marketplace. More and more collectors have since then become aware of the existence of these impressive Australian silver eagle dollars.
Mercanti was also commissioned to create the reverse design of the 2016 Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle coin. The Mercanti connection certainly adds value, both in a monetary and artistic sense – bringing joy to a multitude of collectors.
PCGS certified, vapor blasted (matte finish) collector issue ATB 5 oz. silver commemorative coins with the latest designs available in the popular America the Beautiful series, namely the Saratoga and Bombay Hook designs.
The Saratoga design, inspired by British surrender in 1777 at the Battle of Saratoga during the American Revolutionary war, features two hands exchanging a sword. The site of this surrender and the associated battlefield have been preserved in the form of the Saratoga National Historical Park.
The collector issue 2015 Saratoga ATB 5 oz. silver coin is available at MCM in the form of a 2015-P 25c 5 oz. Silver America the Beautiful - Saratoga PCGS SP69 and 2015-P 25c 5 oz. Silver America the Beautiful - Saratoga PCGS SP70. Both come with the PCGS First Strike designation and Mercanti signed labels – making these coins highly sought after in the marketplace.
The Bombay Hook design features a scene in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1937, it serves as a refuge and breeding ground for waterfowl along the bird migration route known as the Atlantic Flyway.
The collector issue 2015 Bombay Hook ATB 5 oz. silver commemorative coin is available at MCM in the form of a 2015-P 25c 5 oz. Silver America the Beautiful Bombay Hook PCGS SP70 First Strike (John Mercanti Signed Label).
The U.S. Mint has issued .9999 fine (24-karat) First Spouse gold bullion coins since 2007. These $10 face value solid gold coins, weighing 1/2 oz. each, honor the first spouses of U.S. Presidents.
The release schedule for the First Spouse coin series aligns with the Presidential dollars program. Each one of these First Spouse gold coins features portraits on their obverse and a unique scene depicting the spouse’s work and life.
The ones available at MCM with John Mercanti signed labels, feature Lady Bird Johnson, the spouse of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Mamie Eisenhower, the spouse of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
The mentioned First Spouse gold coins are available at MCM in both proof and uncirculated PCGS certified coins.
Don’t miss the opportunity to add these impressive Mercanti hand-signed labels and coins to your collection today. Many of our inventory with this special label have already sold out!
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