Below a press release from Morgan Mint on their coin and stamp collection honoring the 50th anniversary of "That's All Right."
Memphis Tennesee, August 15, 2004 -- Fifty years ago in 1954, Elvis Presley dared to rock. He recorded his first single release, "That's All Right," for the Sun Records label in Memphis. It marked the birth of Rock 'n' Roll and the start of Elvis' amazing career.
Today, during a star-studded celebration at Elvis' Graceland mansion in Memphis, collectors were finally able to see the highly anticipated coin and stamp collection honoring the 50th anniversary of "That's All Right." It is the world's first official coin and stamp collection honoring a pivotal event in Elvis' amazing career.
M Moshe Malamud, President of the Morgan Mint, unveiled the collection. It consists of official legal tender postage stamp sheets from the governments of Grenada and The Gambia, as well as a genuine U.S. Silver Dollar that has been officially colorized by the Morgan Mint. The collection is authorized by the issuing governments, Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises.
Each sheet of official legal tender stamps features classic images of Elvis. The stamps are legal for postage in the nations of issue and are recognized by every postal authority in the world, including the United States. Unlike the Elvis stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service over a decade ago, however, these stamps are limited editions. Just a fraction of the stamp sheets have been set aside for this unique collection.
The U.S. Silver Dollar was issued by the United States Mint under an Act of Congress and features a rare archival image of Elvis, together with the caption "He Dared to Rock" and Elvis' official facsimile signature. The coin contains one full ounce of pure silver.
Based on the overwhelming popularity of Elvis Presley memorabilia, Malamud expects this collection to sell out quickly. "The U.S. Elvis stamp was the best-selling commemorative in history," said Malamud, "but this 50th anniversary collection is being released in a shockingly small edition of just thousands. I encourage all collectors to get theirs early, before they sell out."
The stamps and coins release was organized by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. (IGPC), the world's largest postal authority representing over 75 client nations in areas of posts and treasury.
Source: PR Web / Updated: Aug 17, 2004