On August 7, 2012 at 12:00 Noon ET, the United States Mint will begin sales of the Making American History Coin and Currency Set. This set celebrates the 220th year of the US Mint and the 150th year of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Each set includes one 2012-S Proof American Silver Eagle, which is intended to honor the artistry and design of our Nation’s coins as well as the heritage of coin production at the San Francisco Mint. Also included in each set is a series 2009 $5 note with a serial number beginning with “150” to commemorate 150 years of service from the BEP. These two items appear to be housed within a folder containing information about the coin and note.
The US Mint has used the Coin and Currency Set format for previous collector products, most frequently for commemorative coin programs. Previous Coin and Currency Sets have included Thomas Jefferson (1994), Botanic Gardens (1997), Millennium (2000), American Buffalo (2001), and Lewis and Clark (2004). The first three sets included versions of coins that were unique to the sets, while the latter two sets did not.
In this case, the Making American History Coin and Currency Set includes the 2012-S Proof Silver Eagle, which was previously released within the 2012 San Francisco Silver Eagle Set. This caused some controversy since most collectors believed the two coins in the San Francisco Set to be exclusive to the product. The US Mint’s promotion of the set as a limited edition with only a four week ordering window all seemed to point towards this conclusion, and the Mint even admitted in retrospect that it may have been appropriate to announce their intention to include the “S” mint marked Proof Silver Eagle within two different sets.
In a previous post, I have discussed that many collectors were displeased with the situation and the fact that this situation may have implications for future US Mint offerings.
Controversy aside, the new Making American History Coin and Currency Set will be released tomorrow and priced at $72.95. There are no household ordering limits indicated. The US Mint has mentioned an initial production of 50,000 sets and an “established production limit” of no more than 100,000 sets based on the availability of $5 notes with the special serial numbers.
In addition to the typical sales venues, this set will be one of the products available for sale at the US Mint and BEP’s booth at the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia.
Perth Mint Releases
I wanted to mention a post over on World Mint News Blog which highlights new releases from the Perth Mint. The Perth Mint typically releases a number of new products on a single day at the beginning of the month. This month’s releases include the latest coins for three popular series along with some other new products. Two coins are being released for the ANA World’s Fair of Money.
You can go directly to all Perth Mint new releases here.