1972 United States Mint Set

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1972-PDS Mint Set

The 1972-PDS Mint Set had a then-record mintage of 2,750,000 sets. (Doesn't this nearly perfectly rounded number seem awfully suspicious? Did the Treasury actually produce and sell exactly two and three-quarter million sets when, in every other year except 1959 and 1979, the figure was some unusually odd, yet precise, number?)

About the sets: The coins in the 1972-PDS Mint Sets were Uncirculated pieces pulled from regular production runs, thus the quality of the individual coins varies widely from set to set, and even within a set.

The 1972-PDS Mint Set contained eleven coins, including the following:

1972-PDS Mint Set Cent Nickel Dime Quarter Half Dollar One Dollar (Copper-Nickel Clad)
Philadelphia 1 1 1 1 1 1
Denver 1 1 1 1 1 1
San Francisco 1 - - - - -


Mintage: 2,750,000 sets

No Eisenhower Dollars were included in the official 1972-PDS Mint Sets; instead, the regular strikes were released directly into circulation. 40% Silver Clad versions of the 1972-S Eisenhower Dollar were sold individually to collectors at a premium (known as "Blue Ikes"). The coins were sealed in a flat pliofilm pack and placed in a glossy blue envelope.

Original packaging: The coins in the 1972-PDS Mint Set were sealed in two pliofilm flat packs: the D-Mint coins were placed together in one of the packs, and the P- and S-Mint coins were placed together in another. A disk identifying the Denver Mint was included along with the D-Mint coins. The pack containing the D-Mint coins was edged in red; the pack containing the P- and S-Mint coins was edged in blue. The two pliofilm packs and two pieces of thin cardboard (for protection) were sealed in an officially inscribed, white mailing envelope.

America in 1972

President Richard Nixon was reelected in a landslide win over George McGovern. A break-in at the Watergate Hotel became a potential scandal for the Republicans.

The World in 1972

Richard Nixon became the first U.S. President ever to visit China.

Year of Issue 1972
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