U.S. Mint Launches First-Ever Major Retail Presence To Celebrate National Coin Week

Partnership with H.E. Harris Makes Official U.S. Mint Products

Available to Consumers



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from U.S. Mint

    WASHINGTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Creating its first mass-market retail
 presence, the United States Mint announced today a partnership with H.E.
 Harris & Co., an Atlanta-based company specializing in collectibles.  Just in
 time for National Coin Week (April 15-21), the new products are now available
 nationwide at Barnes and Noble, as well as other major retail stores.  The
 multi-year licensing agreement with H.E. Harris is made possible through a
 U.S. Mint partnership with The Jim Henson Company.
     Coin collecting is once again emerging as a mainstream hobby among
 Americans of all ages thanks to the popularity of many U.S. Mint programs,
 such as the 50 State Quarters(TM) Program.  Currently, more than 125 million
 Americans are collecting these new quarters.  The new products, manufactured
 by H.E. Harris, will become a daily reminder to American citizens that the
 U.S. government can deliver a mainstream product in a creative, enjoyable
 package for consumers.
     "The 50 State Quarters Program continues to fascinate Americans," said
 Mint Director Jay W. Johnson.  "These six new collecting products from H.E.
 Harris and the U.S. Mint will add more historical perspective to what is
 becoming the most collected coin series in U.S. History."
     "These quarters have joined the most popular collections in the world,"
 according to David Pickens, Associate Director of the U.S. Mint.
     "The quarters appeal to young and old alike.  H.E. Harris has done a
 wonderful job creating books and products for every member of the family,"
 said Shelley Sanderson, acting Publisher of The Jim Henson Company.
     H.E. Harris and the U.S. Mint have created the new "The Official U.S.
 Mint" line of products not only to meet the needs of new collectors, but also
 to meet the demands of experienced collectors for durable and archival-quality
 products.
     Six new licensed products will be introduced in April, including a deluxe
 3-ring binder that can store all 100 (Philadelphia and Denver issues) of the
 new quarters, 50 State Quarters educational books about the 1999-2001
 quarters, 50 State Quarters Handbook, 50 State Quarters Portfolio, silver
 plate bookmark, a polystyrene snap-lock coin holder and a Complete 100 Hole
 Collector's Folder.  Additional products are scheduled to hit stores later
 this spring, including coin albums and folders, snap-lock cases and E-Z paper
 coin wrappers.
     "We felt it most appropriate to launch these exciting new products in
 celebration of our national heritage and fascination with coinage," said Mary
 Counts Executive Vice President of Sales for H.E. Harris & Co.
     In addition, to being available at major retail stores across the country,
 these products will be available through the H.E. Harris' Web site at
 http://www.heharris.com .
 
     About H.E. Harris & Co.
     Henry Ellis Harris founded the company in 1916 and was its guiding force
 through most of the 20th century.  Harris knew the benefits of coin and stamp
 collecting were threefold: educational, historical and financial, and he made
 it his life's work to bring knowledge of other times and cultures to the
 American people.  Harris's vision continues to succeed in the 21st century.
 
     About the Jim Henson Company
     Established leader in family entertainment for more than 40 years, is a
 multimedia production company; one of the top character licensors in the
 industry; a leading publisher of children's books and home to Jim Henson's
 Creature Shop.  The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices and
 production facilities in New York and London.  The Jim Henson Company is a
 wholly owned subsidiary of EM.TV & Merchandising AG based in Munich, Germany.
 For more information, please visit The Jim Henson Company Web site at
 http://www.henson.com .
 
     About the U.S. Mint
     The U.S. Mint's primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of
 circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The
 Mint has grown to a Fortune 500-sized manufacturing and international
 enterprise with more than $3.7 billion in annual revenues and 2,800 employees;
 it s the world's largest manufacturer of coins, medals and coin-based consumer
 products.  For more information please visit the U.S. Mint's Web site at
 http://www.usmint.gov .
 
 

SOURCE U.S. Mint
    WASHINGTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Creating its first mass-market retail
 presence, the United States Mint announced today a partnership with H.E.
 Harris & Co., an Atlanta-based company specializing in collectibles.  Just in
 time for National Coin Week (April 15-21), the new products are now available
 nationwide at Barnes and Noble, as well as other major retail stores.  The
 multi-year licensing agreement with H.E. Harris is made possible through a
 U.S. Mint partnership with The Jim Henson Company.
     Coin collecting is once again emerging as a mainstream hobby among
 Americans of all ages thanks to the popularity of many U.S. Mint programs,
 such as the 50 State Quarters(TM) Program.  Currently, more than 125 million
 Americans are collecting these new quarters.  The new products, manufactured
 by H.E. Harris, will become a daily reminder to American citizens that the
 U.S. government can deliver a mainstream product in a creative, enjoyable
 package for consumers.
     "The 50 State Quarters Program continues to fascinate Americans," said
 Mint Director Jay W. Johnson.  "These six new collecting products from H.E.
 Harris and the U.S. Mint will add more historical perspective to what is
 becoming the most collected coin series in U.S. History."
     "These quarters have joined the most popular collections in the world,"
 according to David Pickens, Associate Director of the U.S. Mint.
     "The quarters appeal to young and old alike.  H.E. Harris has done a
 wonderful job creating books and products for every member of the family,"
 said Shelley Sanderson, acting Publisher of The Jim Henson Company.
     H.E. Harris and the U.S. Mint have created the new "The Official U.S.
 Mint" line of products not only to meet the needs of new collectors, but also
 to meet the demands of experienced collectors for durable and archival-quality
 products.
     Six new licensed products will be introduced in April, including a deluxe
 3-ring binder that can store all 100 (Philadelphia and Denver issues) of the
 new quarters, 50 State Quarters educational books about the 1999-2001
 quarters, 50 State Quarters Handbook, 50 State Quarters Portfolio, silver
 plate bookmark, a polystyrene snap-lock coin holder and a Complete 100 Hole
 Collector's Folder.  Additional products are scheduled to hit stores later
 this spring, including coin albums and folders, snap-lock cases and E-Z paper
 coin wrappers.
     "We felt it most appropriate to launch these exciting new products in
 celebration of our national heritage and fascination with coinage," said Mary
 Counts Executive Vice President of Sales for H.E. Harris & Co.
     In addition, to being available at major retail stores across the country,
 these products will be available through the H.E. Harris' Web site at
 http://www.heharris.com .
 
     About H.E. Harris & Co.
     Henry Ellis Harris founded the company in 1916 and was its guiding force
 through most of the 20th century.  Harris knew the benefits of coin and stamp
 collecting were threefold: educational, historical and financial, and he made
 it his life's work to bring knowledge of other times and cultures to the
 American people.  Harris's vision continues to succeed in the 21st century.
 
     About the Jim Henson Company
     Established leader in family entertainment for more than 40 years, is a
 multimedia production company; one of the top character licensors in the
 industry; a leading publisher of children's books and home to Jim Henson's
 Creature Shop.  The Company is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices and
 production facilities in New York and London.  The Jim Henson Company is a
 wholly owned subsidiary of EM.TV & Merchandising AG based in Munich, Germany.
 For more information, please visit The Jim Henson Company Web site at
 http://www.henson.com .
 
     About the U.S. Mint
     The U.S. Mint's primary mission is to produce an adequate volume of
 circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The
 Mint has grown to a Fortune 500-sized manufacturing and international
 enterprise with more than $3.7 billion in annual revenues and 2,800 employees;
 it s the world's largest manufacturer of coins, medals and coin-based consumer
 products.  For more information please visit the U.S. Mint's Web site at
 http://www.usmint.gov .
 
 SOURCE  U.S. Mint