Today, May 4, 2015 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2015 March of Dimes Special Silver Set. The set is released as part of the commemorative coin program and includes two specially issued Roosevelt Dimes exclusive to the set.
The March of Dimes Commemorative Coins were authorized under Public Law 112-209, which provided for the issuance of up to 500,000 silver dollars in proof and uncirculated versions. The obverse design of the silver dollar is intended to represent the past of the March of Dimes Foundation and features profile portraits of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dr. Jonas Salk, two leaders in the fight against polio. The reverse design represents the foundation’s current dedication to the health of babies everywhere with a depiction of a baby in the hand of a parent.
The United States Mint began sales for individual proof and uncirculated versions of the silver dollars on March 13, 2015. Opening sales for the coins were somewhat tepid at 16,436 proofs and 7,940 uncirculated coins for a combined total of 24,376, representing less than 5% of the maximum authorized mintage. The most recently weekly sales report shows sales now reaching 42,424 proofs and 19,434 uncirculated coins for a combined total of 61,858.
The 2015 March of Dimes Special Silver Set, which goes on sale today, contains the proof version of the commemorative silver dollar, one 2015 Reverse Proof Silver Roosevelt Dimes struck at the Philadelphia Mint with the “P” mint mark, and one 2015 Proof Silver Roosevelt Dime Struck at the West Point Mint with the “W” mint mark. The two dimes are struck in a composition of 90% silver and stated as only available within the special set.
Each of the dimes represent different firsts within the Roosevelt Dime series. The silver reverse proof dime will represent the first time that the reverse proof finish has been used within the series. The silver proof dime will represent the first time that a 90% silver dime has been struck at the West Point Mint. Both coins will also gain status as the lowest mintage issues of the Roosevelt Dime series.
The March of Dimes Special Silver Set is priced at $61.95. This compares to regular pricing of $51.95 for the individual proof commemorative silver dollar.
A maximum production limit of 75,000 units has been assigned to the set. Orders will initially be limited to five units per household. The Mint will re-evaluate the order limit over the period the set is available for sale.