Former US Mint Director David J. Ryder signs NGC labels

David J. Ryder, the 34th and 39th directors of the US Mint, has agreed to hand-sign certification labels exclusively for the Numismatic Guaranty Company (NGC). As one of the most influential people in the coin world (1960-2020), Ryder has launched many exciting modern coins and greatly enhanced the tradition of US numismatics with his leadership.

Illustrations of NGC labels signed by Ryder

Ryder served as director of the US Mint from 1992 to 1993 and again from 2018 to 2021. During his first term in office, Ryder was involved in several coinage programs, including the issuance of silver dollars to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the start of construction on the White House. The surcharges from the sale of the coins went towards preserving the history of the emblematic American institution.

Shortly after returning to the US Mint, Ryder oversaw the popular 2019 Apollo 11 Commemorative Coin Program. The program included the first five ounce silver commemorative coins and saw sales of more than 700,000 coins, making it one of the most successful commemorative coin programs in the world History of the US Mint makes.

This was followed by the 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Program, which included two colored coins – a first for the US Mint.

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Ryder was instrumental in the new designs for the iconic Silver and Gold Eagles, which coincided with the celebration of the coins’ 35th anniversary. He was also actively involved in the implementation of the Silver Dollar Anniversary Act of 1921, which authorized the minting of Morgan and Peace Dollars in 2021 on their centenary.

With a focus on the future of numismatics, Ryder helped drive the initiative to pass the groundbreaking Circulating Collectible Coin Redesign Act of 2020. The act sets a roadmap for a dramatic new direction for American coins, including quarters that celebrate women’s achievements (ab 2022) and American children’s sports (from 2027). In 2026, all US coins in circulation will be completely redesigned to mark the country’s 250th anniversary, including up to five new quarters. The goal of these programs is to honor a range of contributions to American history while continuing to inspire an increasingly popular hobby.

“It was a great honor to be involved in the development and introduction of so many important modern coins,” said Ryder. “I am proud to now have the opportunity to work with NGC to preserve and commemorate our country’s rich numismatic history.”

“NGC Signature Labels highlight valued personalities who have contributed to the advancement of numismatics,” said Mark Salzberg, NGC Chairman and Senior Grading Finalizer. “We are delighted that this remarkable group now includes David Ryder, who helped set a bold new course for US coins.”

Coins certified with the NGC David J. Ryder Signature Labels will be available from select retailers. To learn more about the NGC Authentic Hand-Signed Labels program and its many distinguished signatories, click here.

About Numismatic Guaranty Company ™ (NGC®)

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