1959 United States Mint Set

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1959 Mint Set

Beginning in 1959, the Treasury changed the packaging of the Mint Sets, and reduced the number of coins in each set. A notice in the November 1959 issue of The Numismatic Scrapbook Magazine provided the following information: "A new packaging system will be introduced with the 1959 issues. Each set, with its cardboard disc bearing the name of the mint, will be enclosed by machine in a clear plastic packet. As this type of holder allows the coins to be viewed obverse and reverse, two coins from each mint are no longer necessary. Those who want double sets can order same as the restriction of one set per person has been removed. One person may order up to 80 sets. Apparently the mint sets will be packaged by the same system used to pack proof sets."

About the sets: The ordering period for 1959 Mint Sets began on November 1, 1959, and the March 31 deadline that had been in place for previous years was removed. The coins in the 1959 Mint Sets were Uncirculated pieces pulled from regular production runs, so the quality of the individual coins varies widely from set to set, and even within a set.

The 1959 Mint Set contained ten coins, including the following:

1959 Mint Set Cent Nickel Dime Quarter Half Dollar
Philadelphia 1 1 1 1 1
Denver 1 1 1 1 1


Mintage: 50,314 sets

Original packaging: In 1959, the U.S. Mint began packaging Mint Sets using materials similar to those for the 1959 Proof Sets. The five coins from the Philadelphia Mint were placed in one pliofilm pack; 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 1959

Rock-and-Roller Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. American Airlines introduced the first transcontinental jet service. The St. Lawrence Seaway opened. Alaska became the 49th State; Hawaii became the 50th State. The Ford Edsel, an innovative yet under-appreciated automobile, was discontinued. A game show scandal erupted in which a contestant received answers to questions in advance.

The World in 1959

Castro became the dictator of Cuba and visited Washington, D.C.

Year of Issue 1959
Country United States
Composition Mixed Metal
Condition Uncirculated
Grade BU
Denomination Varies
Currency Type Dollar
Mint Name Philadelphia - P
Coin Weight 31.07 Grams - g
Dimensions Various