SOURCE: Jamestown 2007

August 13, 2007 12:20 ET

Give the Gift of History This Holiday: Limited-Edition U.S. Mint's Commemorative Jamestown Coins Capture America's 400th Anniversary

Historic Commemorative Coins Are Only Available From U.S. Mint Until December 31, 2007

WILLIAMSBURG, VA--(Marketwire - August 13, 2007) - Get a jumpstart on your 2007 holiday shopping and give that hard-to-buy-for loved one a unique reminder of this landmark American year. The United States Mint's Jamestown 400th anniversary commemorative coins not only make the perfect stocking stuffer, they will serve as a lasting remembrance of America's 400th Anniversary. These special commemorative coins are available from the U.S. Mint only until December 31, 2007 or until they sell out.

The Jamestown story has captured the world's attention. The 400th anniversary of America's first permanent English settlement has been highlighted through the past year by visits from Queen Elizabeth II and President George W. Bush as well as high-profile signature events showcasing Jamestown's legacies of democracy, free enterprise and cultural diversity. The Jamestown gold and silver commemorative coins beautifully depict important aspects of the Jamestown story.

The Mint is offering two Jamestown 400th anniversary commemorative coins -- a $5 gold coin and a silver dollar -- available in both proof and uncirculated conditions.

The front of the $5 gold coin depicts Captain John Smith conversing with a Virginia Indian. The coin's reverse pictures the Jamestown Memorial Church -- the only structure remaining from the settlement's earliest years. The uncirculated gold coin sells for $245.

The front of the silver dollar depicts "Three Faces of Diversity," representing the Indian, European and African cultures that converged at Jamestown. The reverse depicts the three ships -- Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery -- that brought the first settlers to Jamestown. The uncirculated silver coin sells for $35.

Congress authorized the production of up to 100,000 $5 gold coins and up to 500,000 silver dollars honoring Jamestown and America's 400th Anniversary.

Customers may order coins online at or by calling 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468).

Jamestown 2007, a sub-agency of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, is coordinating efforts to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Va., the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. The nation's first representative government, free enterprise system and culturally diverse society began at Jamestown. State, national, and international commemorative events to salute these legacies began in May 2006 and continue into 2008. Major corporate sponsors of America's 400th Anniversary include Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Other supporters include Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (NYSE: BUD), AirTran Airways (NYSE: AAI), Dominion, James City County, Philip Morris USA, SunTrust, TowneBank and Wolseley PLC/Ferguson Enterprises, Inc. Contributors include the City of Poquoson and Rutherfoord Insurance. More information about the commemoration is available at

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