The United States Mint’s Souvenir Set: The Only Way To Collect Official 1982 & ’83 Uncirculated Coin Sets

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If you're a mint set collector, you've probably been long aware of the big gap the United States Mint created in the early 1980s when they didn't produce mint sets for coin collectors.In 1982 and 1983, the U.S. Mint made no official mint sets, leaving only the 1982 and 1983 souvenir sets as the only option for obtaining uncirculated coins from these years in government packaging.  … [Read more...]

3 Fun Ways To Collect Proof Sets

It's always fun to collect proof sets. After all, where else is it that you can find such beautiful and pristine examples of United States Mint coins than in a proof set? There are many different ways that coin collectors collect proof sets; check out these ideas: Collecting proof sets from years of special meaning to you Born in 1964? Married in 1988? First kid in '91? Why not buy proof sets from any or all of the years that have been important to you. Collecting a lifetime of proof … [Read more...]

It’s Fun & Easy (& Cheap!) To Build A Proof Roosevelt Dime Coin Collection

If you're trying to find a fun and easy coin collection that won't break the bank, then you might be interested in starting a proof Roosevelt dime collection.Roosevelt dimes have been made since 1946. Through 1964, Roosevelt dimes were made from silver. Since 1965, circulation versions have been made from a copper-nickel clad composition.So, what's it take to build a proof Roosevelt dime collection -- and how much does it cost?   … [Read more...]

New James Buchanan $1 Coin & Buchanan’s Liberty First Spouse Set Released September 23

The United States Mint has announced it will release the James Buchanan Presidential $1 coin and First Spouse medal set on September 23. While most of our presidents have had a first spouse while in office, James Buchanan didn't. So the U.S. Mint is pairing up his coin with a 'First Spouse' medal called Buchanan's Liberty -- it features a design of Miss Liberty as she appeared on the Quarter Eagle ($2.50) gold coin during Buchanan's presidency. The James Buchanan $1 coin and First … [Read more...]

United States Mint: Earlier Releases In 2011 For Proof Sets & Uncirculated Coin Sets

Great news for those who order products from the United States Mint: Ed Moy -- the director of the U.S. Mint -- is saying that the mint will release its most popular annual products earlier in the year. That's right! Instead of having to wait for proof sets and uncirculated coin sets to be released in the middle of the year, which has been the case for years now, the U.S. Mint should have them ready for order in January. The goal is make it easier for coin collectors and other U.S. Mint … [Read more...]

3 Fun Ways To Collect Uncirculated Mint Sets

Collecting uncirculated mint sets is something many coin collectors like to do because it allows them to pick up mint-state examples of all (or at least most) the regularly circulating coins the United States Mint makes each year. Here are some creative ideas on how to build a mint set coin collection: Collecting Mint Sets By Decade: Have a favorite decade? Maybe the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, or 1990s? You'll find this both an inexpensive and exciting way of collecting mint sets. A … [Read more...]

10 Coin Collecting Short Set Ideas For Coin Collectors On A Budget

Minding the budget while enjoying coin collecting can sometimes be a challenge. However, it's possible to still enjoy the hobby of coin collecting while paying careful attention to how much money you're spending. Building a short set is a common way of rounding out a coin collection while not spending a fortune to complete an entire date-and-mintmark run of coins. What's a short set and what are some common coin short sets? Let's look at 10 popular coin collecting short sets...  … [Read more...]

Brand New 2010 Silver Proof Set Released August 26

The 2010 silver proof set is being released August 26!Now's your chance to get the dime, all 5 of the America the Beautiful quarters, and the half dollar in 90% silver. The brand new 2010 silver proof set can be bought directly from the United States Mint for $56.95. … [Read more...]

Want A 1965 Mint Set? Go For The 1965 Special Mint Set

Looking for a 1965 mint set?  You may need to modify your goal... You see, the United States Mint didn't make mint sets in 1965 -- at least not the type of mint set we're used to seeing. In 1965, 1966, and 1967, the United States Mint made special mint sets. Special mint sets (or SMS) contain one coin of each denomination in proof-like condition. Because mintmarks were not included on U.S. coins during 1965, '66, and '67, the 5 coins in these special mint sets are the only ones you'll … [Read more...]

1964 Proof Set: Last Year Of Circulating 90% Silver Coins & First Look At The Kennedy Half Dollars

The 1964 proof set was the last year regularly circulating coinage was offered in proof condition until the silver proof sets of the 1990s. Even still, 1964 was the last year the U.S. Mint struck dimes, quarters, and half dollars in 90% silver for pocket change. It's also the first proof set to contain the Kennedy half dollar. Beginning in 1965, the major denominations went to a copper-nickel clad composition. Even the half dollar was reduced to a 40% silver composition in 1965. The 1964 … [Read more...]