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1990s Mint Sets: Little-Known Facts About The Coins And Their Values

Susan-B.-Anthony-dollar-coin-Photo-by-greefus-gone-fishin-on-flickr.jpg The 1990s represented an era in coin collecting when prices began falling from 1980s highs and when U.S. coins changed very little.

One exception is that one big year in 1999 when the 50 state quarters began and the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin awoke from its nearly 2-decade long rest.

It emerged one last time to help infuse the economy with new dollar coins. In 2000, the golden Sacagawea dollar coin was first struck and has since been trying to do its best at working its way into mainstream use.

1990s Mint Set Values

Following is a list of the 1990s mint sets, production figures, and approximate prices for each set.

Use this as a guide:

  • 1990: 1,809,184; $4 to $6
  • 1991: 1,352,101; $4 to $6
  • 1992: 1,500,143; $4 to $6
  • 1993: 1,297,431; $4 to $6
  • 1994: 1,234,813; $4 to $6
  • 1995: 1,038,787; $4 to $6
  • 1996: 1,457,949; $15 to $17
  • 1997: 950,473; $4 to $6
  • 1998: 1,187,325; $4 to $6
  • 1999: 1,243,867; $8 to $10

As you can see, none of the 1990s mint sets saw production figures of 2,000,000 or greater. This is lower than for many years during the 1970s and 1980s.

In fact, 1997 saw the fewest U.S. Mint sets made in one year since 1963. However, 1990s mint sets are basically common.

Some years experience a high level of demand versus a relatively low number of sets available. This is largely evidenced by higher prices for some sets.

Buying 1990s Mint Sets

So, how do collectors of 1990s U.S. coins like to hold on to the coins of the decade?

While some like to simply collect the coins as they come out of circulation, one other way to snag these coins is to buy them in sets issued by the U.S. Mint.

Mint sets, are packages of uncirculated coins that come directly from the U.S. Mint. They are one popular way to assemble collections of modern, uncirculated U.S. coins.

Mint sets have been produced since 1947 and continue to be one of the most popular items sold every year from the U.S. Mint catalog. They also are hot items for the many coin dealers who sell older mint sets, too.

Though most 1990s mint sets are well over a decade old, they are still very easy to locate. The 1996 mint set includes a special, West Point, New York-minted Roosevelt dime. 1999 mint sets do include the 50 State Quarters but do NOT include examples of the 1999 Susan B. Anthony dollar.

As mentioned earlier, mint sets made before the current year can be purchased from most coin dealers. To buy a current mint set, be sure to visit the U.S. Mint’s catalog.