225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Set gets a price tag, disappears from calendar page

As of late morning on July 21, 17XC has been restored to its original August 1 place on the Mint’s calendar page.

Updated at 8:45 on July 21 to correct the statement that the set was removed from the calendar page. It was actually given a new “date” and location on the page; see the second paragraph.—Editor

The Mint has set a price of $29.95 for its 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Set (17XC), which is scheduled for release on August 1. Although that may seem a lot for 10 coins with a total face value of $2.91, it’s far more reasonable than some have been expecting.

Shortly after posting a price, the webmaster changed the availability date on the calendar page to “Summer 01” and moved the listing above the June 1 listing. (The main product page remains in place, and the availability date there remains “August 1.”) Items have vanished from the product page before, only to be restored soon afterward. It’s unclear whether this is a glitch in the website, an oversight, or some mysterious bit of Mint housekeeping. This particular change is a new one, however, and seems likely to be a clerical error. I’ve contacted the Mint’s Office of Corporate Communications about the change and will post the reply here.

The new date and placement:

The Mint has struck Enhanced Uncirculated coins on special occasions since 2013. The selective application of “enhancements” has varied, depending on the design of the coin. The 2013-W American Silver Eagles were struck with a soft, matte field and frosted devices, except where certain areas were carefully polished: on the obverse, the “blue” field behind the stars of the flag, the “red” stripes, the straps of Liberty’s sandals, the suggestion of the ground she walks on, and the date; on the reverse, the olive branch and arrows, the stripes and trim on the shield, and the ribbon in the eagle’s beak.

The 2013-W Enhanced Uncirculated ASE. (Images courtesy of APMEX)

One of the several 50th-anniversary Kennedy half dollars of 2014 was struck with an Enhanced Uncirculated finish. In this case, however, there are no polished areas on the obverse, and the frosted devices are set off against a soft, matte field. on the reverse, the devices are frosted except for the stars and the details on the shield, which have a polished (but not mirrorlike) finish.

The 2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated Kennedy half dollar.

The obverses of the 2014-D and 2015-W Native American dollars that were included in those years’ Coin & Currency Sets had frosty fields with a smoother, Uncirculated finish in the areas of the skin and hair and in the stripes on Sacagawea’s sleeve. The reverse of the 2014-D coin has a frosty field, while the devices have a finer, matte finish. The 2015-W reverse has generally Uncirculated devices, with the flattest of these—the steel beam, the raised denomination, and the incused legend—reflecting more brightly than the detailed areas.

The obverse and reverses of the Enhanced Uncirculated Native American dollar coins in the 2014 and 2015 Coin & Currency Sets.

For the 225th Anniversary Enhanced Uncirculated Set, the product page states that the coins have “laser frosted areas and an unpolished field that accentuates design details, creating a unique contrast distinctly different from the mirror-like finish of proof coins.” Sadly, the catalog images don’t capture the finish, so collectors will have to wait to get the product in hand—or for unboxing photos to be posted online—to see what the enhancements look like.   ❑

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  1. Tinto says

    Louis,

    Saw the MCM 2017-W APE on eBay… an NGC 69 First Releases (whatever that means …..) wonder how many are being returned to the Mint by the big buyers …..

  2. Tinto says

    Louis

    Or maybe you probably meant the sold 2017-W APE in OGP ..$1,199.00 …. 4 sold, 78 available .. get ’em while they’re hot …

  3. Louis Golino says

    But Pobjoy has issued a number of other coins with the Britannia logo over the past couple years, some with the same image and another with a different britannia for a different country. Now they have ceased production on all of them, but how could Pobjoy know it was an issue if the RM did nothing about the other 4 coins?

    Also, I still consider all of them, whether they have the logo or not as britannia coins, because they carry an image of britannia. In fact, the one on the 2017 Reverse Proofs is a very classic britannia with the traditional helmet and trident.

  4. Tom says

    Louis, I understand what your saying. Not knowing the laws that pertain to issues like this, I can only guess. Perhaps permission was received for coins in previous years and not this one? Does the Royal Mint OWN the image of Britannia?

  5. So Krates says

    @ Louis, make sure you order your steak-n- cheese “wit” 🙂

    The same seller is now offering the Falklands coins at $50.

    Not sure how they can trademark “Britannia”. That’s like trademarking “Eagle” and giving the RCM a hard time for the WTE series.

    @ Tom – The word Britannia is not just used to refer to the RM bullion coin but also the allegorical British character herself (as well as the uniquely British alloy containing 95.83% pure silver). “Britannia Rules The Waves” is not referring to the RM bullion coin, but to the Royal Navy kicking ass in 1982.

  6. Tom says

    Thanks So Krates. Apparently the Royal Mint DOES “own” the wording, not the image. And apparently Popjoy Mint was unaware of the fact. I would think that the Royal Mint reserves the right to confiscate what they can of these coins inside the U K. ?

  7. cagcrisp says

    16AN 2016 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – FT MLTR 17,337 + 11
    17AJ 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – EFF MNDS 15,507 + 33
    17AK 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – DOUGLASS 15,179 + 93
    17AL 2017 ATB SILVER UNC 5 OZ – OZARK 14,173 +433

  8. cagcrisp says

    17XA 2017 AM LIBERTY 24K GOLD 1 OZ 23,689 + 117
    17XB 2017 AM LIBERTY SILVER MEDAL (P) 39,264 + 579

  9. cagcrisp says

    16EA 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ 565,066 + 1,699

    16EB 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 23,684 +10
    16EC 2016 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 5,718 +1

    16EG 2016 AM EAGLE SILVER UNC 1 OZ 201,374 +630

  10. cagcrisp says

    Sad and Sad…

    16XA 2016 WALKING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .5OZ 63,972 + 93
    16XC 2016 STANDING LIBERTY 24K GOLD .25OZ 89,742 + 31

  11. cagcrisp says

    17CA 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD PROOF 1,366 +7
    17CB 2017 BOYS TOWN GOLD UNC 1,820 +19
    17CC 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER PROOF 21,903 +91
    17CD 2017 BOYS TOWN SILVER UNC 9,420 +33
    17CE 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD PROOF 15,710 +41
    17CF 2017 BOYS TOWN CLAD UNC 13,865 +20
    17CG 2017 BOYS TOWN 3-COIN SET 4,941 +15

    17CH 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER PROOF 64,275 + 86
    17CJ 2017 LIONS CLUBS SILVER UNC 16,106 + 24

  12. cagcrisp says

    17EA 2017 AM EAGLE SILVER PROOF 1 OZ 290,007 + 2,000

    17EB 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 5,859 77
    17EC 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ 1,314 + 21
    17ED 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/4 OZ 2,097 +37
    17EE 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 1/10 OZ 8,801 + 205
    17EF 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD PROOF 4-COIN SET 7,607 + 364

    17EG 2017 AM EAGLE SILVER UNC 1 OZ 122,742 + 4,857

    17EH 2017 AM EAGLE GOLD UNC 1 OZ 2,579 +37

    17EJ 2017 AM EAGLE PLATINUM PROOF 1 OZ 8,775 +731

    17EL 2017 AM BUFFALO GOLD PROOF 1 OZ 11,886 + 145

  13. cagcrisp says

    Must be some auditing going on with the Reagan Proof…

    JQ1 2015 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 2,683 +2
    JQ2 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – TRUMAN 1,883 –
    JQ4 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – EISENHWR 2,023 –
    JQ6 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – KENNEDY 6,719 +1
    JQ8 2015 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – JOHNSON 1,800 + 1

    16SA 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – NIXON 2,550 –
    16SB 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – NIXON 1,633 +3
    16SC 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – FORD 2,366 +1
    16SD 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – FORD 1,621 (1)
    16SE 2016 FS GOLD PROOF 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 3,374 (47)
    16SF 2016 FS GOLD UNC 1/2 OZ – REAGAN 1,888 +1

  14. Larry says

    @cagcrisp 1373 Boys Town Gold Proofs. That is a scary low number. Will we see a less than 1000 mintage commemorative in the not so distant future?

  15. Barry says

    Is anyone taking their Pobjoy Falklands coins and putting them in a capsule? I’m thinking about taking them out of the sealed plastic sleeve. Thanks in advance for your ideas.

  16. earthling says

    It seems like flippers, stockpilers, slabbers, and a few others are the sole supporters of the feeble US Mint. How low can it go? Well, time will certainly tell, as the saying goes. Maybe the Mint can be the leader in an entirely new category in Coinage. Cryptocoins. Modeled after the various cryptocurrencies it could be an illusion whose time is now.

    😣

  17. cagcrisp says

    @ Larry, Counting the Gold Proof in the 3 coin set there are a Total of 6,307 BT Gold Proofs.

    At Some point I do anticipate the US Mint following other world mints and start putting out More coins, Higher priced coins with Lower Mintages.

    I don’t see Any other Viable options…

  18. cagcrisp says

    MCM Sold 2 NGC PF69 2017S ASE’s tonight for $85.00

    MCM Sold 1 PCGS PR69 2017S ASE tonight for $86.00

    It doesn’t matter IF it is a Gem Proof , a 69 or a 70, MCM and other Dealers are pricing product to Move them out of Inventory.

    It’s just a matter of Supply and Demand…

  19. gatortreke says

    @Barry: Re: the Pobjoy Britannia coins, I’m debating the same thing myself, leave them in the Pobjoy plastic or remove them and put them in an air-tite. I haven’t made a decision yet but I’m currently leaning toward the air-tite.

  20. Erik H says

    MCM also just sent an e-blast and the 69 “S” eagle is $99 if you don’t want to try and win an auction.

  21. cagcrisp says

    @Erik H, Thanks for the e-blast

    MCM is selling NGC 69s for wire/check for $96.08

    MCM is selling PCGS 69s for wire/check for $105.78

    Between NGC and PCGS I count on MCMs website a Total of 1,289 For Sale 2017S 69s.

    To put this in Context, MCM First Sold PCGS 69s for $169.00

    …SO…The Nightmare for Some was purchasing a PCGS for $169.00 and NOW being able to purchase the Same Slabbed 69 for $105.78.

    That’s just a 37% Loss…But who’s counting IF you are a Collector and you just Buy What You Like.

    (And you Wonder why Mint customers have dropped from 1.2 million to 500k)…

  22. data dave says

    @cagcrisp – But if you bought at $55 from the mint, you would still be ahead of the game. OGP version are still going for over $100. Factoring in 20% costs the return I calculate is 63%. I’ve been waiting for the nightmare to begin on this one and I have yet to see it. Obviously for people that bought second hand, they were chasing a bad dream, but for the original purchasers, things look no worse (and probably better) than about anything else you could have bought this year.

  23. cagcrisp says

    @data dave

    1. ” still going for over $100. Factoring in 20% costs the return I calculate is 63%” You’re Assuming they are worth $100, I’m Not. In years to come these will be just another Silver Proof coin. Silver Proof coins are overpriced to start with. Those that have Flipped that’s great. The purchaser of the Flip, a Nightmare.

    2. ” things look no worse (and probably better) than about anything else you could have bought this year.” That’s a LOW hurdle to overcome. There is Nothing (numismatic) that I have seen worth purchasing from the Mint this year. Nothing that will have Legs in years to come and that’s all I’m interest in purchasing…

  24. Larry says

    What does “no household limit” really mean on the mints website? Just for the heck of it, I tried to see how many of an item I could put in my cart. You can only put 100. So, I guess you would have to go back a place another order. Unless I am missing something, you would have to spend some time to place a large order. Unless you can order a ton on the phone.

  25. earthling says

    I just read Dave Harpers latest ” The Buzz” piece entitled ” Correct Coin Price In The Eye of the Beholder”. This is a topic that interests everyone that’s into Coins as a hobby. Dave has always been one of my favorite Numismatic Writers and with this latest article he elevates himself to a place with the all-time greats in the hobby, IMHO.

    👍

    http://www.numismaticnews.net/buzz/correct-coin-price-eye-beholder

  26. So Krates says

    The annoying manner in which Dave Harper writes is hard for me to get past.

    He refuses to create a paragraph containing more than one sentence.

    Every sentence is its own paragraph.

    Here are two examples of paragraphs in the linked article:

    — “Why?” (no seriously, a one word paragraph!)

    — “Don’t get me wrong”

    Maybe he has OCD?

  27. cagcrisp says

    Billionaire investor Marks, who called the dotcom bubble, says bitcoin is a ‘pyramid scheme’

    “In my view, digital currencies are nothing but an unfounded fad (or perhaps even a pyramid scheme), based on a willingness to ascribe value to something that has little or none beyond what people will pay for it,” Marks wrote in the investor letter Wednesday.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/26/billionaire-investor-marks-who-called-the-dotcom-bubble-says-bitcoin-is-a-pyramid-scheme.html

  28. KEITHSTER says

    So are we to have two Enhanced Uncirculated Native American Dollars this year? I’ll go out on the limb and say the other one will be the P mintmark if they follow the pattern set! With the mintage limit set on the S the NA C&C will need a different mintmark. Which will make the rarer one and 70’s out of reach of the common man Good Luck On The First All That Care “>”>”>”>”>”>”>”>”>”>

  29. Larry says

    @ Keithster, I remember reading somewhere that the mint said the Enhanced Sac will only be in the Enhanced set. Can’t remember where I read it, probably Coin World.

  30. Joe M. says

    Are we doing the guess sellout for this set? First day sales? One week?
    Since this set is selling for $5 less than I expected, I’m in for 50 sets.
    ???? I think the $29.95 is less than most expected???? (Opinion poll would be interesting)
    With no HHL, I think this set might have about 150,000 first day…sell out in first week, maybe 3 days???………..
    I hope I’m right 🙂
    Long-term I believe a SP70 cent(depending on rarity of this strike) alone will sell for well over the cost of the set 🙂

  31. Tinto says

    @KEITHSTER

    I do hope the Mint issues the NA $1 C&C set this year like in years past. I have the previous years’ sets and would hate to have it nipped in the bud by a lazy Mint .. meaning those who make and/or have input/influence in the Mint’s “decision making” process .. too bad they seem to be getting paid in full whether they produce or not …

  32. cagcrisp says

    AM Gold Fix $1,262.05

    After the Fed meeting, I see continued weakness in the U$D and a Gold price Increase next week…

  33. cagcrisp says

    @ Joe M. “Since this set is selling for $5 less than I expected, I’m in for 50 sets.”

    At least you have the guts to go out on a limb Before sales start…

  34. KEITHSTER says

    With San.Fran. doing the minting there should be plenty of 70’s on the Enhanced. But if Philly does the NA. C&C try to find one and if not Enhanced then what? Reverse Proof that would sell dreamer and if just a regular proof well you know no sale. So we wait till the pic. comes out ?Well Good Luck All “>”>:<:<:”>

  35. Joe M. says

    @cagcrisp
    I kept going back and forth, ” should I only buy 10″? I know it’s a risk, but I’m willing to see if I can flip 40 and save 10 for free. If it’s a “flop”, well, I just hope I don’t lose more than $400…I just got a PR68 type 1 1956 half out of a $48 set. I should make about $300 profit on that 🙂
    My specialty is 20th Century varieties 😉

  36. earthling says

    Is it 1929 again with Stocks and Crytocurrencies? Is EVERYONE bailing from everything and jumping onto the express elevator to the biggest airburst in history? Man when this bubble pops , triggered by thermo devices perhaps, it aint gonna be good.

    😢😥😯😨😲😫😔💀

  37. John Q. Coinage says

    Do 200,000 people even collect ‘mint” sets they are deader than Caesar & not the monkey, oh him 2…. flippers sellout but Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  38. Sherril says

    No problem getting in or ordering.Ordered 10 sets and done by 12:02 pm.Hope I didn’t waste my money???One never knows.

  39. Natatack says

    Hopefully these enhanced mint sets will be worth more than the satin finished mint sets from 2005-2011 they never really took off.

  40. Ed J says

    SOLD OUT! Got my order completed about 2 minutes in. Order 3 from my phone but some how I order 4. Or well at least I got them hopefully. Mintage Limit: 225,00 Household Order Limit None. WHY! All this dose is allow the big houses to order thousands.

  41. Fritz says

    I got sidetracked and wasn’t at my computer until at least an hour after sales opened; too late, all gone. Thanks for the no limit on purchases, U.S. Mint!

  42. Ed J says

    When I went back online about 12:15 PM EST the to check it out the page read this
    :
    “This product is currently unavailable. Learn More”

    “We are currently out of this item, but more may be available later. Provide your email using the “REMIND ME” button and we will let you know when we are taking orders again.”

    I do know if that means sold out but I guess you have to wait to see if they have charge backs [CC order that have been denied] or returns.

  43. Bryon Christoffersen says

    I got on line to order the Enhanced Uncirculated coin set. Went on sale at 0900 here on the west coast. I got on in the first hour and all 225000 were sold! How was that possible? Must’ve been some serious quantity ordered. Has anyone else been denied a purchase?

  44. Sherril says

    I can’t believe these sold out!!!I should have ordered more than 10!!I never do the right thing…………….They are selling for a good premium on ebay right now.They guy who was ordering 50 did the right thing.

  45. asherspapa says

    I was in precisely at noon and out with my single set within 30 seconds. Sold out?? Did someone buy 200,000 of them? Or did the Mint only prepare 20-30,000 boxes and they’re just unavailable they print more. Wish I’d bought at least two…maybe flipping one would have paid for both. It’s almost impossible to believe 225k of a clad set sold out at all, much less that quickly!

  46. asherspapa says

    My order number was USMxxxx3204 at about 12:01 if anyone’s trying to track the sales.

  47. asherspapa says

    I’m just blown away by the activity on this set, which isn’t even PM. How much will it eventually be worth?
    A quick scan of ebay found the following multiple set offers:
    1000 @ $50 each
    Five 100s @ $46-50
    Three 50s @ $55
    Two 38s @ $32.50 (best deal? but who wants 38 sets)-52
    One 30 @ $50
    One 25 @ 50
    Two 20s @ $50-56 AND
    One 10 @ $99 each (binirocz)
    And there are dozens and dozens of additional listings from one up

  48. says

    Last year for me to order from the mint, seems like all they want to sell is to the big boys that all they want to do is flip em. Do after this year. They can’t even sell regular eagles to the public and have to pay a premium more for there so call distributors government at its best. I do with all the bullshit.

  49. Fritz says

    I received an email at 8:06 AM CDT this morning from the Mint stating that the anniversary set was again available. Five minutes had passed before I noticed this email, but I clicked the link anyway, and was able to order 2 sets and receive a confirmation of my order. This seems odd, because a coin company that sends me its offers had yesterday sent me an email which said the entire stock had sold out at the Mint in just 6 minutes, but that I could purchase the sets from them for $49.95 each, a mark-up of $20 over the Mint price. At any rate, I have an order confirmed and will see if it is ultimately fulfilled. It just seems strange for an item that sold out so quickly to be available again just two days later.

  50. AZ Dan says

    I too received an email this morning 6:05 AM (local time), and ordered 2, then ordered another 3 (they will make nice gifts).

  51. Jimbro says

    Same here. I set a reminder on 8/1/17 but didn’t hear it with my phone in the other room. Around 4PM I checked and it was not available. I did request to be notified if it became available (I had a similar experience last year with the gold Mercury dime that ultimately got me one). When I saw my email notice I clicked right over and bought a few sets.

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