NGC Special Designations and Labels for the Mayflower 400th Anniversary US and Great Britain Sets

Posted on 11/12/2020

In a historic first, the US Mint and Royal Mint are collaborating on gold and silver sets to honor the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage. Special submission instructions must be followed. If you would like the Certificate of Authenticity number to be printed on the NGC label, the sets must be received in the sealed US Mint shipping box. See the “Submission Instructions” section of this article.

For the first time ever, the US Mint and the Royal Mint, the official mint of the United Kingdom, are partnering together to offer dual sets. Honoring the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, a Two-Coin Gold Proof Set and a Silver Proof Coin and Medal Set go on sale November 17. On the same day, a Mayflower 400th Anniversary Reverse Proof Gold Coin and Silver Medal, companion pieces to the sets, are also being released. For more information about submitting the coin and medal, click here.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) is distinguishing the gold and silver sets with a special pedigree, US & Great Britain Set, and offering its vibrant Mayflower 400th Anniversary Special Label by default for no additional charge. For sets received within the first 30 days of release, the popular NGC Early Releases and First Releases designations and labels are also available.

The Mayflower 400th Anniversary US & Great Britain Two-Coin Gold Proof US Set, with the NGC Mayflower 400th Anniversary Special Label.
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The 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage Two-Coin Gold Proof Set features a $10 one-quarter ounce gold coin from the US Mint that portrays a Wampanoag family and a Pilgrim man and woman on the brink of their lives coming together. Meanwhile, the £25 one-quarter ounce gold coin from the Royal Mint showcases a dynamic depiction of the Mayflower cutting through rough waters.

The Mayflower 400th Anniversary US & Great Britain Silver Proof Coin and Medal Set from the Royal Mint, with the NGC Early Releases Designation and Label.
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The 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage Silver Proof Coin and Medal Set includes a silver £2 coin from the Royal Mint with the same robust depiction of the Mayflower, while the silver medal from the US Mint illustrates the Pilgrims introduction to the New World. Both the US Mint gold coin and silver medal were designed by Chris Costello, an award-winning artist who signs certification labels exclusively for NGC. Learn more about his work here.

Each Mayflower 400th Anniversary US and Great Britain Set will be accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity (COA) from the US Mint. This is unusual for the US Mint, as COAs normally do not have individual numbers. NGC will add the COA number to the NGC label by request for an additional fee. NGC also can encapsulate the COA in a special, tamper-evident holder, also by request for an additional fee.

The Royal Mint is also releasing 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage sets. The US Mint is selling 9,200 silver sets and 4,850 gold sets, while the Royal Mint is selling 5,000 silver sets and 500 gold sets.

For coins received in their original sealed US Mint or Royal Mint shipping box, the NGC certification label will indicate the country whose mint sold the set, and these will be listed separately in the NGC Census. Coins that are not submitted in their original sealed mint shipping box will still receive the US & Great Britain Set pedigree.

Submission Instructions

  • Submit sets under the Modern grading tier or higher on a single submission form. Either the US or World box may be selected.
  • All coins and medals submitted must be graded.
  • If you would like the COA number included on the NGC label, write “Add COA Number” on the NGC Submission Form. This request applies to the entire submission form. Sets must be submitted in the sealed US Mint shipping box to have the COA number added to the label. The fee is $5 per coin and/or medal.
  • To have the COA encapsulated, write “Holder COA” on the NGC Submission Form. This request applies to all COAs on the submission form. The fee for COA encapsulation is $25 per certificate.
  • If you would like Mint packaging returned, select the “Return Mint Packaging” box on the NGC Submission Form. The fee is $5 plus the cost of shipping.

The following designations/attributions are available for these sets:

Designation/Attribution options Fee Directions
US & Great Britain Set Free By default
US Set Free By default (if received in the original US Mint packaging)
Great Britain Set Free By default (if received in the original Royal Mint packaging)
Early Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select Early Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.
First Releases +$12 On the US submission form, select First Releases under Box 7. See cut-off dates here.

The following labels are available for these sets:

Label options Fee Directions

Mayflower 400th Anniversary #1495
Free By default (Enter Mayflower 400th Anniversary #1495 on your submission form. Early Releases and First Releases are available on this label for an additional $12 designation fee, if applicable.)

Early Releases #378
Included with fee for Early Releases designation (+$12) Select Early Releases and enter Early Releases #378 on your submission form.

First Releases #379
Included with fee for First Releases designation (+$12) Select First Releases and enter First Releases #379 on your submission form.

NGC Standard Brown #377
Free Enter Standard Brown Label #377 on your submission form.

Certificate of Authenticity options for these sets:

Add the COA Number to the NGC label +$5 On the NGC Submission Form, enter Add COA Number. The sets must be submitted in the sealed original US Mint shipping box.
Encapsulate the COA +$25 On the NGC Submission Form, enter Holder COA.

Questions? Contact NGC Customer Service at service@NGCcoin.com or 1-800-NGC-COIN (1-800-642-2646).

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Bulk Submissions

NGC’s First Day of Issue designation and labels are available for select bulk submissions only. To qualify for First Day of Issue, coins must be purchased within one day of the first day that a mint makes a new coin issue available for sale and must be received by NGC or an NGC-approved depository within one week of the release date. NGC will require that the submitter provide adequate evidence (including purchase receipts) to demonstrate the date when the coins were purchased.

For bulk submissions, contact Scott Heller at Sheller@NGCcoin.com or 941-360-3990 or Miles Standish at Miles@NGCcoin.com or 949-922-0515.


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