U.S. Mint Sets contain one uncirculated example of each U.S. coin for a particular year that are specially packaged for coin collectors. Since 1947, the U.S. Mint has issued annual uncirculated mint sets, containing all the circulating issues of the time. The U.S. has produced official Mint Sets over 70 years, with few interruptions and format changes. These coins found in Mint sets are the same uncirculated coins as those made for circulation each year, but in brilliant uncirculated condition. U.S. Mint Coin Sets are specially made for collectors and are an affordable way for everyone to become involved in coin collecting. There is a variety of Mint Sets available from early issues through recent decades that resonate differently with each collector, based on meaningful dates of memorable events. With U.S. Mint Sets, there's something for everyone.
In 1947 the U.S. Mint offered official uncirculated mint sets that were specially packaged by the government for sale to coin collectors. These mint sets contained two uncirculated coins for each of the denominations, that received no special treatment or handling by mint personnel. Sometimes referred to as double mint sets, the original packaging consisted of cardboard and paper holders and were typically issued in low numbers, which can now be difficult to find intact today. Mint sets with original U.S. Mint packaging dated 1947-1958, have a much higher value than their common date counterparts. Over the years, the U.S. Mint has improved coin quality and packaging technology, to provide the highest level of quality that customers expect.
From 1959 to 1964 Mint Sets were packaged flat packs similar to the Proof Set packaging. U.S. Mint envelopes with the release date marked on the front, contained cellophane packed examples of each coin issued for circulation that year. Then in 1965, the U.S. Mint suspended the issuance of typical Mint Sets, producing only
Special Mint Sets that year. These Special U.S. Mint Sets had a higher than normal quality, as they were made as a substitute for U.S. proof sets that were not issued those years due to the coin shortage. From 1965 through 1967, these older mint sets contain a single set of coins and came in hard plastic holders, which are very collectible today. Then starting in 1968 to the present, regular U.S. Mint Sets have been issued annually, with the exception of a brief interruption from 1982 to 1983. However, there were similar "souvenir" sets available through the U.S. Mint gift shops those years.
Mint sets or uncirculated sets contain fresh, uncirculated specimen of the normal coins used in a particular year. On occasion, a Mint set may contain a special mint mark coin for a special finish, which is not available in normal circulation. Mint sets are issued in official government packaging and the style of the packaging has changed and evolved over the decades. Mint sets are an easy and affordable way to own uncirculated examples of many one-year-only coin designs such as Statehood quarters or Presidential dollars. Since Mint sets contain base metal coins, they are generally less expensive than comparable Proof sets or silver Proof sets from the same year. Mint sets make perfect gifts for children, grandchildren, or anyone who's interested in our Nation's coinage and its history. Since they are annual issues, Mint sets are perfect for marking significant milestones, such as births, graduations, weddings, etc. Because they are government issued, you can be assured of their quality and authenticity.
U.S Mint sets with Special Issues
The U.S. Mint also issues special coins not issued for circulation, and only available in U.S. Mint Sets, which are in high demand with collectors. The 1970 Mint Set included a 1970-D Kennedy Half Dollar, and the 1973 and 1981 Mint Sets included dollar coins that were not intended for circulation. The 1996 Mint Set included the 1996-W Roosevelt Dime, issued only in the 50th anniversary of the series. The U.S. Mint produced a special satin finish in annual sets from 2005 to 2010, instead of the traditional business strike finish. Starting in 2011 to today, all Mint Set uncirculated coins have a brilliant finish. These coins are struck using more pressure than circulating coins, resulting in fully struck detailed images with sharp details. Practically any Mint set is a great choice for your collection, and they're even protected by the original U.S. Mint packaging for collecting purposes.
Affordable, Tangible Pieces of History
The price of U.S. Mint Sets is one of many reasons for the popularity of the series. No matter how long you’ve been collecting, these sets are a great addition to any collection. Since Mint Sets are relatively affordable, collectors can add multiple coins to their collection quickly. Collecting a brilliant uncirculated example of each coin produced that year is a goal for many collectors. Modern U.S. Mint uncirculated sets contain two sets of coins, one from the Philadelphia Mint, the other from the Denver Mint. The 2018 United States Mint Uncirculated Coin Sets contains two folders of 10 coins each, from both the Philadelphia and Denver Mints, totaling 20 coins with uncirculated finishes; Five quarters from the America the Beautiful Quarters Program; One Native American $1 Coin; One Kennedy half dollar; One Roosevelt dime; One Jefferson nickel; One Lincoln penny.