An Overview of the United States of America: History, Culture, Symbols and US Gold Coins

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Name: The United States of America is also referred to as “the States”, “the United States”, the “USA” and simply as “America”.

Official Language: The United States does not have an official language at the federal level, but the most commonly used language is English, which is the de facto national language.

At least 350 different languages are spoken in the United States. After English, the top five languages (in terms of native speakers) are Spanish, Chinese, French, Tagalog and Vietnamese.

Population: In 1800, the population of the U.S. was about 5,309,000; in 1850, it was 23,191,867. At the beginning of 2023 there live: 335,897,516 people.

President: The USA was the first country to use the term “president” for its head of state. George Washington was the first president of the United States. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States. In 2012, he was re-elected as president of the country. Obama’s successor was Donald Trump. Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president in January 2021.

By the way, requirements for holding the office, the U.S. President must be a natural born citizen of the United States, be at least 35 years old, and have lived in the United States for 14 years.

Religion: Christianity, Judaism and Islam are the three major religions in the United States.

The national symbols of the USA:

National animal: American bison (English: American Bison)

National tree: Oak Tree (English: Oak Tree)

National bird: Bald Eagle (English: Bald Eagle)

National flower: Rose

Capital: Washington, D.C., officially the District of Columbia, also known as Washington or D.C. or locally simply as the District, is the capital and federal district of the United States.

Most famous cities in the USA

New York, the most populous city in the United States, has been given many nicknames, including “The City That Never Sleeps”, Empire City but perhaps the most famous of all is the “Big Apple”. The nickname “The Big Apple” originated in the 1920s in reference to the prizes (or “Big Apples”) awarded at the numerous racetracks in and around New York City.

The city, popularly known as LA or Los Angeles, was originally called “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles del Rio Porciuncula.” This literally means: “The city of our Lady, Queen of Angels on the river Porciuncula”. This was the name given to the town by its first inhabitants. Los Angeles is the largest city in the US state of California. It is located on the Pacific Ocean and the Los Angeles River. Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States after New York City and before Chicago.

The city of San Francisco is known for its rich and diverse culture, Silicon Valley, fog, steep hills and wonderful mix of architectural styles.

Chicago is the third largest city in America. Route 66, often referred to as the “Main Street of America” or the “Mother Road,” begins in Chicago at Grant Park on Adams Street, across from the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago-style pizza or deep dish pizza is the name given to a U.S. version of pizza originating in Chicago.

Seattle is a beautiful city known for its seafood scene and dedication to nature. This famous US city is home to the Space Needle (the Space Needle is an observation tower in Seattle. It is considered a landmark of the city), the Pike Place Market (Pike Place Market is a public market in Seattle. It opened in1907 and is one of the oldest continuously operating public farmers markets in the United States), and the first Starbucks (opened in 1971 in Seattle).

Philadelphia is a city and port in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Miami is a famous US city that sometimes doesn’t really feel American at all. Miami is known for its distinct Latin flair.

The symbol of Atlanta is a phoenix. It represents the city literally rising from the ashes after General Sherman burned it to the ground during the Civil War. Only 400 buildings survived.

Las Vegas is the most populous city in the state of Nevada. No other city in the country is known for being as wild and unpredictable as “Sin City.” The famous Strip is full of casinos, clubs and many interesting customers.

Gold coins from USA

The USA is not only popular with tourists worldwide. Gold collectors will also find very interesting coins for their collection. The U.S. Mint’s gold coins, produced and sold primarily for collectors, are beautiful works of art made from precious metals. These gold coins are produced in proof and uncirculated versions, in different composition from one-tenth to one ounce and 22- or 24-karat gold.

United States Mint / US Mint

On April 2, 1792, Congress passed the Coinage Act, establishing the first national mint in the United States. Congress chose Philadelphia, then the nation’s capital, as the site of the first mint. As gold fever spread across the U.S., branch mints and assay offices were opened to meet the needs of the growing nation. Although the Mint currently operates production facilities in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, and West Point, as well as a precious metals depot at Fort Knox, many other facilities have opened throughout its history. (Source: On the website of the US Mint you can find more interesting info about gold coins, their design, minting, different collections, etc.

The U.S. Mint consists of six locations across the country

Washington, DC – Headquarters – This location does not produce coins and is responsible for research, marketing, and other functions related to Mint operations.

West Point, New York – The U.S. Mint at West Point produces bullion and collector coins and stores gold, silver and other precious metals.

Denver, Colorado – circulation and collector coins are minted here. In addition, coin dies are also produced here and gold and silver are stored. The Denver Mint offers public tours.

Fort Knox, Kentucky – The U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox does not produce coins. The gold of the country is stored here.

San Francisco, California – The U.S. Mint in San Francisco produces collector coins. Special robots pack the coins here.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia produces circulating and collectible coins, medals and dies for coins and medals. It is the largest mint in the world!

Collectible and bullion coins from the USA

The U.S. Mint produces precious metal coins for collectors and generally for investors in proof, uncirculated, and bullion (also known as bullion) versions. The Mint also mints commemorative coins to honor American famous people, places, events and institutions.

The most famous and coveted worldwide are: American Buffalo Coin Program, American Eagle Coin Program, First Spouse Medals Program, which began in 2007, and Presidential Medals.

You can read about the difference between medals and coins here:

Top coin certifiers – PCGS and NGC

There are many things to consider in the world of coin collecting. One of the most important points is the grading of your coins, as it directly affects the value of your collection.

Two of the world’s best-known coin certifiers are from the U.S. and have offices in Europe. These companies are:

The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS)

The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC)

At RareCoin, we cooperate with both PCGS and NGC coin certifiers and are proud that most of our gold coins have received the highest grading. On some coins you will see “Currently at NGC for grading / reholdering. Available for pre-order. Expected to be available at ….” The overall process takes a few weeks and you are welcome to contact us or simply pre-order your desired gold coin.

Read more about PCGS and NGC here:

A small selection of our favorite gold coins from the USA you will find here