1961 United States Mint Set

1961 United States Mint Set
1961 United States Mint Set 1961 United States Mint Set 1961 United States Mint Set 1961 United States Mint Set 1961 United States Mint Set
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1961 Mint Set

Demand for Mint Sets dropped in 1961, reflecting the American public's fickle desire for Uncirculated coins, and their preference for shiny Proof coins. This was very apparent in 1961, when the Mint sold over ten times as many Proof Sets as it did Mint Sets.

About the sets: The coins in the 1961 Mint Sets were Uncirculated pieces pulled from regular production runs, thus the quality of the individual coins varies wildly from set to set, and even within a set.

The 1961 Mint Set contained ten coins, including the following:

1961 Mint Set Cent Nickel Dime Quarter Half Dollar
Philadelphia 1 1 1 1 1
Denver 1 1 1 1 1


Mintage: 223,704 sets

Original packaging: Pliofilm packaging, similar to Proof Sets. The five coins from the Philadelphia Mint were placed in individual compartments in one pliofilm pack, and the five coins from the Denver Mint were placed in another. The two pliofilm packs were inserted, along with a card, into a mailing envelope for shipment to customers.

America in 1961

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps. Baseball's Roger Maris beat Babe Ruth's old record, by hitting 61 home runs in a single season.

The World in 1961

The "Bay of Pigs" invasion of Cuba failed. The Berlin Wall was built to seal off East and West Germany. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space.

Year of Issue 1961
Country United States
Composition Mixed
A state of preservation used to describe coins that never circulated in the channels of commerce, i.e. a coin without any wear from circulation.
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coins are freshly minted coins that have seen absolutely no general circulation. These coins are either produced specifically for collectors or have been gathered and preserved immediately after production. These coins have tremendous mint luster that give distinct definition to every detail along with luminescent fields.
Denomination Varies
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name
Philadelphia - P
From its humble beginnings on Seventh Street through four different locations, the United States Mint's "Mother Mint" at 151 North Independence Mall East in Philadelphia is the largest of its kind in the world. The Philadelphia Mint is home to die production for all U.S. coinage, as well as facilities that produce a daily average of 30 million coins worth about $1 million.
Coin Weight Various
Dimensions Various
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