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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.
Souvenir sets were sold only at the Philadelphia and Denver mint locations, so relatively few were ever made… perhaps somewhere between 5,000 and 20,000.
Because so many coin collectors need these sets if they want a truly complete run of ‘mint’ sets, the values of 1982 and 1983 souvenir sets is much higher than other similar sets:
- 1982 Philadelphia Souvenir Set $45
- 1982 Denver Souvenir Set $45
- 1983 Philadelphia Souvenir Set $60
- 1983 Denver Souvenir Set $50
*These are approximate values.
Each souvenir set from these years contains a:
- Lincoln cent
- Jefferson nickel
- Roosevelt dime
- Washington quarter
- Kennedy half dollar
- A bronze medal depicting either the Philadelphia or Denver mint
My love for coins began when I was 11 years old. I primarily collect and study U.S. coins produced during the 20th century. I'm a member of the American Numismatic Association (ANA) and the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) and have won multiple awards from the NLG for my work as a coin journalist. I'm also the editor at CDN Publishing (a trusted source for the price of U.S. rare coins), editor at the Florida United Numismatists Club (FUN Topics magazine), and author of Images of America: The United States Mint in Philadelphia (a book that explores the colorful history of the Philadelphia Mint). I've contributed hundreds of articles for various coin publications including COINage, The Numismatist, Numismatic News, Coin Dealer Newsletter, Coin Values, and CoinWeek. I've also authored nearly 1,000 articles here at The Fun Times Guide to Coins — and I welcome your coin questions in the comments below!