Washington quarters are a fairly easy series of coins to collect, especially in the lower grades (for the older dates). Yet, there are several scarce dates in the Washington quarters series that have posed challenges for collectors. Let’s look at how some Washington quarters have performed over 15 years.
Mint Sets (or Uncirculated Sets) are complete sets of coins produced by each mint facility for circulation in a particular year. They are packaged and sold as coin collecting sets by the US Mint. A Mint Set contains one uncirculated coin of each denomination struck that year, from the pool of coins intended for general circulation. Unlike Proof Sets (which contain coins with the best finish, the finest quality of a coin), the coins in Mint Sets are not made with any special considerations regarding quality. (On rare occasion, we also talk about individual uncirculated coins here.)
The 1980s present an interesting array of options for the mint set collector. The early years of the 1980s include the Susan B. Anthony dollar. The latter part of the decade includes the mint-set-only 1987 Kennedy half dollars, a sort of modern scarcity.
This is a comparison of coins found on the Home Shopping Network with the same coins obtained through a coin dealer. The point is to show beginner coin collectors that the Home Shopping Network may not be the best place to buy coins — at least if you’re trying to save money!
Hundreds of millions of Bicentennial coins were struck during 1975 and 1976 — both in the regular copper-nickel clads for circulation and in a 40% silver clad composition for collectors. The silver Bicentennial coins were sold in mint sets and proof sets. These mint sets and proof sets were first sold in 1975 and remained mint offerings into the mid-1980s. The U.S. Mint wound up melting millions of unsold silver Bicentennial coins.
You’re probably wondering… what is a mint set? Is it anything like a proof set? Here’s what you need to know about mint coin sets.
Check out these one-of-a-kind coin-related items would make great Christmas and Birthday gifts for friends or relatives who are coin collectors — even beginners or those who just found coins and they’re now a little interested in coin collecting.
What are mint marks? Mintmarks are small letters stamped on U.S. coins that designate where the coin was made. In a lot of cases, where the coin was minted makes the difference between a coin being worth a few dollars and being worth a few hundred dollars!