Celebrate Franklin the scientist
and publisher! This incredible set sold out at the mint in days!
In 2006 we celebrate the 300th anniversary of Benjamin
birth, the first of our founding fathers to reach this milestone!
Franklin was a true renaissance man, with a curriculum vitae too vast
to detail here. In the course of his legendary life, he was a
journalist, printer, satirist, poet, scholar, musician, philosopher,
public servant, educator, economist, librarian, politician, ambassador,
diplomat, meteorologist, scientist, and inventor (whew!).
It’s Franklin’s roles as scientist and publisher
commemorated here. Ben invented the lightning rod and the electrical
battery, and labeled electrical charges by the names we still know
them, “positive” and
“negative”. He even
established the principle of “conservation of
which has stood the test of over 200 years of useful application. There
is a link below to a well-illustrated article about Franklin the
scientist and diplomat, as well as his connections to certain coins.
here for other coins and medals honoring Ben Franklin!
Normally, a U.S. Mint silver dollar commemorative will
mintage limit of half a million (the Marine Corps dollar was 600,000).
This time out, however, the mintage limit was split between two
different designs (Scientist and Founding Father), each with two
finishes! In addition, some of the Franklin dollars will be put into
other mint sets, such as the Coin and Chronicles set. These much-lower
mintages have already created market scarcity, which, coupled with
Franklin’s enduring popularity, make this a great long-term
Click here for the Libertas
Americana medals, designed by Franklin!
This limited-edition, collectible set represents an incredible value!
It includes a "Benjamin Franklin - Scientist" uncirculated U.S. silver
dollar; a set of four newly-released U.S. postage stamps honoring
Benjamin Franklin's many accomplishments; a reproduction of the 1758
edition of Poor Richard's Almanack; and a finely-detailed, intaglio
print from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP),
Franklin's role in the creation of the Declaration of Independence.
Benjamin Franklin flies a kite in a full-blown electrical storm to
prove that lightning is actually a massive electrical discharge. In
reality, Franklin was far too intelligent to do such a foolhardy thing,
as the fatal effects of a direct lightning strike were well-documented!
Rather, on June 15, 1752, Franklin set a kite aloft into a storm cloud,
extracting sparks and establishing the electrical nature of lightning.
An image of Benjamin Franklin’s famous Join, or Die political
cartoon, which was originally published in the Pennsylvania Gazette on
May 9, 1754. Contrary to current popular belief, this cartoon is not
about the colonies joining together in rebellion against Great Britain,
but rather joining together to fight the French and Indians during the
Seven Years War.
here for other historically-themed coins!
The U.S. Mint’s own extremely elaborate packaging, complete
and original with certificate of authenticity.
here for an excellent article on Franklin (Adobe Acrobat Reader